Anna Maria Island

artsHOP 2014
Friday November 13th, 8PM
Sunday November 15th, 2PM

Directed by James Thaggard

The Island Players in conjunction with artsHOP presents a new comedy, Radio Ridiculous, on Friday, November 13th at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, November 15th at 2 p.m.

Radio Ridiculous is a comic homage to the Golden Age of Radio, featuring “Sorry, You’ve Got My Wrong Number,” “The Wacko Brothers Show” and “A Tale of Two Miserables.” The cast is comprised of Island Players veterans Jennifer Caldwell, Pamela Hopkins, Mike Lusk, Gilbert Ortiz, Walter Price and director James Thaggard*.

General admission seating is $20, which includes a dessert reception following the show. New York playwright Rich Orloff will attend both performances.

Tickets available at the box office:
(941) 778-5755
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Florida (Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue)
Not included in season subscription

*JAMES THAGGARD earned his B.A. in acting and directing from Auburn University. As an original cast member for Sarasota’s “I Love A Mystery Productions” and as producing director for “The Unusual Suspects” he has written, directed and performed in countless thrillers and whodunits. For the Island Players, James directed musicals (PERFECTLY FRANK) and farces (LEND ME A TENOR), three consecutive artsHOP mysteries (THE MOUSETRAP, GUILTY CONSCIENCE and MURDERERS) and happy looks at the hereafter (AND THE WINNER IS, A NICE FAMILY GATHERING and THE EDUCATION OF ANGELS). James has also directed at Theatre Works, Manatee Players, Players of Sarasota and Venice Theatre. Since 1991, he has performed in, directed, choreographed or stage managed more than 60 plays and musicals with Studio 84 Productions at State College of Florida.

Island Players

Island Players is celebrating their 66th year and have a very special place in the culture of Anna Maria Island. Island Players is the oldest community theater in Manatee County. The playhouse, a building of great historical Island significance, was originally the home of the William H. Gillett family of Parrish and was floated down the Manatee River by barge in the early 1900's to Anna Maria Island.

In April of 2009, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society awarded the theater with a preservation plaque of distinction and thanked the Island Players for maintaining such an important Island landmark.

Our Anna Maria Island community proudly supports over 12 art galleries and studios, a nationally recognized historical society, a renowned orchestra and chorus, The Island Players theater, and a published writers' group. Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island was established in 2008 for the purpose of promoting and supporting our island culture. "Cultural Connections' mission is to promote Anna Maria Island as a cultural destination."

The 9th annual artsHOP is presented by Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island
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