This year has been different for all of us. The hard truth is the impact of the shutdown on live theater has been profound. Due to Covid–19 we were forced to cancel several shows and our summer kids camps. We are doing our best to reschedule these shows in 2021 when venues open.
Due to all the cancellations in 2020 the Island Theater Company finds ourselves with an empty bank account and we look to the island for support through tickets, donations and sponsorships. The Island Theater Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Charitable gifts are fully tax deductable.
Another way you can support us is by attending our upcoming 5th Annual Singin’ Broadway Benefit Concert. Southwest Florida’s most talented singers are back again on the Marco stage at the Marco Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by APM Custom Homes, the 5th Annual Singin’ Broadway features songs from your favorite Broadway musicals. By attending you will help us save our theater. Everyone has been working extremely hard to bring you the best Singing’ Broadway.
We hope to see you at our 5th Annual event, February 25-27. There will be four shows: Thursday, Friday at 7:30 and two shows on Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30. We will be following all CDC Safety Guidelines including social distancing. The performance will be held at the Marco Island Presbyterian Church, 875 W. Elkcam Circle. More information can be found on our website at theateronmarco.com.
The 2021 Singin’ Broadway cast includes some island favorites and some new faces.
Karen Anglin began her acting career in 1996 in The Music Man under the guidance of her mother. She continued to perform locally in numerous plays throughout the years. Most recently you may have seen her in one of ITC’s many comedies: Arsenic and Old Lace, Saga of Roaring Gulch, Treasure of Shiver River, Always a Bridesmaid or last year’s Singin’ Broadway.
David Cortiza is a Miami-based singer, songwriter, and performer who is on a lifelong mission to inspire, empower, and uplift people through the power of musical storytelling. Over the span of two decades, David has gained extensive experience as a performer. Within that time, he has been featured on various American and Spanish TV shows along with performing in Singin’ Broadway.
Carolyn Davis spent the last 30 years teaching and directing theater. She has had roles in Hello Dolly!, South Pacific and Once Upon a Mattress. Her favorite directing experiences were: You Can’t Take It with You, Grease, The Footsteps of Doves, and Twelfth Night. This is Carolyn’s second year in Singin’ Broadway.
Glenn Davis sings with the Marco Island Community Chorus. Glenn made his return to the stage in last year’s Singin’ Broadway after a 48–year hiatus. He was “discovered” while floating aimlessly at sea somewhere southwest of the Babuyan Islands. This Marco Island Senior Softball player and his wife, Carolyn, are now full-time island residents.
Craig Greusel, a Marco resident and island favorite, who continues to bring audiences to their feet with his powerful performances as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Barnum in P.T. Barnum, and Victor Frankenstein in ITC’s Frankenstein: A New Musical, returns to the stage once again for Singin’ Broadway.
Jae Kellogg has been teaching music for over 34 years prior to retiring from Purdue Musical Organizations as an Assistant Director. Jae was Choral Director/Arranger/Accompanist for the PMO Choral groups! Landing in Naples/Marco Island area, she was very fortunate to musically experience TheatreZone, and Naples Players, with her piano skills. Current activities on Marco include the Marco Island Shell Club/Shell Show Chair and keyboardist in the New Life Community Church Praise Band. This will be her debut with the Island Theater Company. She and her husband Patrick live full-time on a sailboat in Goodland. ITC Is grateful to Jae for stepping in during these crazy times.
Edie Pagoni-Sawtelle, wife, mom, special needs advocate and actress has performed leading roles in numerous shows, such as Chicago, Godspell, Grease, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Gypsy. Edie is one of ITC’s audience favorites and is back this year with new numbers that are sure to bring back lots of memories.
Lily Philbrook is new to Singin’ Broadway. This nine-year-old fourth grader is from Cumberland, Maine. Lily was last seen on a big stage at Maine State Music Theatre, representing The Lullaby League in The Wizard of Oz (2019).
Jean Rowles is one of the Co-Founders of ITC. She has an extensive background in musical theater, both on the stage and behind the scenes. Her favorite roles include Marian the Librarian in The Music Man and a directing/performing stint in Smokey Joe’s Café. She is thrilled to be performing once again in this year’s Singin’ Broadway.
Joe Verga has held various roles in such shows as Les Misérables, Man of La Mancha, Mary Poppins, Carousel, and most recently in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This is Joe’s third year in Singin’ Broadway and we are always thrilled to have him back.
Kate Whitson-Alves has been singing from a very early age and has been in shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Meet Me in St. Louis, Guys and Dolls and ITC’s Frankenstein: A New Musical as Elizabeth. Kate was last seen as Auntie Em in our production of The Wizard of Oz. Kate works in the aviation industry and resides on Marco.
This year’s Singin’ Broadway has moved to the Fellowship Hall at the Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 W. Elkcam Circle. There will be four performances. Dates and times for Singin’ Broadway are February 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30, with an additional matinee performance on Saturday at 2:30. Tickets can be purchased online at theateronmarco.com. All seats will be reserved in order to follow social distancing guidelines. Call the box office 239-394-0080 for additional ticket information.
There will be a special streaming option on the ticket page soon for those who prefer to watch from their homes.
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