Enjoy an evening at this quaint theatre while you vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 on beautiful Anna Maria Island. The historic building, one of the many gems on Anna Maria Island is home to The Island Players community theatre. The theatre offers great talent while giving the audience a most enjoyable theatre experience.
COMING SOON — AN INSPECTOR CALLS ~ by: J.B. Priestly and Directed by Heiko Knipfelberg
Brief Summary of An Inspector Calls,
Act 1 – Set in 1912 in Brumley, Midlands, UK the Birling family celebrate the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft. Sheila’s father, Arthur Birling is pleased and hopes that the marriage will bring the family businesses, two competitors together to lower costs and higher prices. The women leave the room and Mr. Birling lectures Gerald Croft and his son, Eric BIrling about the importance of every man looking out for himself if he wants to get on in life. During this lecture the doorbell rings unexpectedly and the maid announces that an inspector has arrived. Inspector Google says he is investigating the death of Eva Smith, a young woman who committed suicide. Mr. BIrling denies knowing her, but after shown a photo he recognizes her and remembers firing her in 1910 for organizing a strike over workers pay. Birling does not believe he committed any wrongdoing. The investigation moves to Sheila who recalls also having Eva sacked about her manner when served by her in an upmarket department store. Sheila regrets her actions and feels hugely guilty and responsible for Eva’s death. The inspector tells them that Eva Smith changed her name to Daisy Renton. Gerald acts guilty and Sheila notices his worry, she confronts Gerald when the Inspector leaves the room. Gerald reveals to Sheila he had an affair with Daisy Renton.
Act 2 – Gerald tells the Inspector he had an affair with Eva, but he ended it in the autumn of 1911 and he hasn’t seen her since. Sheila then gives her engagement ring back to Gerald. The Inspector turns his attention to Mrs Sybil Birling, she confesses that she also had contact with Eva, but Eva gave herself a different name to Mrs. Birling. Eva was desperate and pregnant when she approached Mrs. BIrling at a charity she was chairing. Mrs. Sybil BIrling refused her help because she was offended by the girl calling herself ‘Mrs Birling’. She tells Eva that the baby’s father should be made entirely responsible and tells Inspector Goole the same. Also, that the father should be made an example of.
Act 3 – Eric is revealed as the father. He stole money from Mr Birling’s office to provide to Eva and is angry at his mother after he learns that she has refused to help Eva. The Inspector tells them that they are all partly to blame for Eva’s death and warns them of the consequences of people not being responsible for each other. After Inspector Goole leaves, the family begin to suspect that he was not a genuine police inspector. A phone call to the Chief Constable confirms this. Next, they phone the infirmary to be informed that no suicide case has been brought in. Gerald, Mr.and Mrs. BIrling congratulate themselves that it was all a hoax and they continue can continue as before. This attitude upsets Sheila and Eric. The phone rings and after Mr. BIrling takes the call he announces to the family that a girl has just died on her way to the infirmary, a police inspector is coming to question them.
Information about The Island Players Theatre …
Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island through the presentation of stage productions.
The Island Players Theatre is located in the Old Community House on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria on the North end of Anna Maria Island.
There are 137 seats in the theatre in tiered rows (stadium seating). There are 4 chairs on the right side of the theatre and 2 chairs on the “fireplace” side, giving a total seating capacity of 143.
Tickets are $20 (US) per performance for season’s five primary plays.
Food and beverages not allowed in the theatre.
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Box Office or by phone – (941) 778-5755
Regular show performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees @ 2:00 pm
*Additional information available on their website — theislandplayers.org
1. Our second visit to the Island Players Theatre and it will not be our last!
Beautifully maintained little theatre with lots of history – the building was originally a family home located in Palmetto and was relocated to its current site – a real feat of civil engineering!
Very comfy seating with (I am pretty sure) no seats that have obstructions.
Staff and volunteers clearly love what they do and that comes across from the box office to the stage manager to the actors!
Can’t wait for a return visit if we are in the area when there is a production running!
Take your lady or lady friend to see this show. It ain’t Broadway but it was great community theatre.