The Naples Players main project expands the home at the Sugden . Community Theater



Call for an encore – Napoli players is leading a major project to expand her home at the Sugden Community Theatre.

At a time when the theater of Naples is slowly returning, what makes our community so unusual?

In a week, The Naples Players launches the next show, “The Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder.

We spoke with Executive Art Director Bryce Alexander. He says they do nine major productions a year. And for years, the community-run theater sold out.

That’s one of the reasons they’re ready to grow.

“The main theater that exists right now has a balcony; Alexander explained 150 more seats. “The smaller theatre, the Price Studio Theatre, is undergoing a complete renovation, and then a third theater will be added.”

Educational theater is important because Naples Players work with many program partner and non-profit organizations.

They offer wellness programs, like improv classes, for people with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. And another class for students with special needs – the programs they’ve kept them alive during the pandemic.

The new design also includes a sensory room for the disabled and “pay what you can” seating.

Alexander said, “Someone within two weeks of the show might call and say, ‘Pay what you can sit in? “, and the box office will let you pay any price.”

But this renovation project comes with a $15 million price tag at a time when the performing arts are just trying to lift the curtain once more.

How is a community theater thriving?

Alexander says it’s simple. The theater has worn a lot of hats during the pandemic, “We use the costume shop to make 1,000 masks for local food banks for the NCH.”

And they built intubation boxes for the infectious department at the NCH.

He never predicted that his costume designers would turn into mask makers, but the art has brought value back to the community once again.

The Naples Players are powered by 700 volunteers each year, 150 of which are local performers.

You can read more about Bryce Alexander and the future of the Naples Players in this month’s issue Life on the beach. The Naples Players main project expands the home at the Sugden . Community Theater

Aila Slisco

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