Thursday, January 21, 2021

Sponsors come out for Queen of Bingo

Jeff Manning as the Bingo caller with an ego

Jeff Manning as the Bingo caller with an ego

By Island Players 

Local businesses have stepped up to support The Island Players production of “Queen of Bingo” by Jeanne Michaels and Phyllis Murphy. Marco’s new theater group performs at the Rose History Auditorium, and welcomes the Capri Fish House, The Island Country Club, Marco Movies and The Sandlin Team who have generously lent their support for “Queen of Bingo” which opens on May 4th.

“Queen of Bingo” follows two sisters, on the other side of fifty, who add a little fun and excitement to their lives through Bingo. This show is a light-hearted look at the world of Bingo as seen through the eyes of this incredible pair of sisters who live within that world.

The cast includes Judith Gangi as Babe. Babe enjoys being the center of attention but has issues with her size. She has recently gone on a food binge and is experiencing mood swings.

This is Judith’s first role with the Island Players. She has over twenty-five years of acting experience both on and off the stage. You may have seen Judith on stage in the Naples Players productions of “The Heidi Chronicles” or “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.” She has also directed three short plays for the Naples Players Readers Theater Program “Etc.” Additionally, Judith is a performer and part owner of Naples City Improv where she tests her acting chops, performing improvisational theater games, songs and routines. One of her favorite roles was Gloria Rasputin in “Bye Bye Birdie.” Judith would like to

Sis and Babe live in a world that revolves around Bingo. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Sis and Babe live in a world that revolves around Bingo. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

thank her new family at the Island Players for this great opportunity.

Michelle Langlas plays Babe’s older sister, Sis, a senior citizen who knows exactly how to push Babe’s buttons.

Michelle makes her debut with The Island Players in this satirical comedy. Michelle hails from Wheaton, Illinois, but was born in Minnesota, “Don’t cha know.” A Communications Major, she has always been committed to the Arts and enjoys singing, playing the piano, dancing and, of course, going to the theatre. In the past, she has worked as a script writer, video producer and writer/editor for MacDonald’s Corporation. Now retired, she is a full-time Naples resident of 4 years, and she has worked behind the scenes at The Naples Players, on sets and props. She has extensive stage experience including “Pajama Game” and “Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

Jeff Manning is also new to The Island players. As the Bingo Caller he is the town “ladies man” who thinks every woman in the Bingo hall is really there just to see him or more importantly to “hear” him.

A native Clevelander, Jeff has been in Southwest Florida for almost ten years. He is excited to be working on his first production with The Island Players. Since his first appearance as Wilbur in his fourth grade production of “Charlotte’s Web,” he has appeared in numerous plays and musicals and recently performed in Naples Players ETC readings. Some of his favorite roles include “Anything Goes,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “The Hobbit.” Jeff credits his college acting teacher

Ray Cane as Father Francis MacKenzie Muldoon.

Ray Cane as Father Francis MacKenzie Muldoon.

for being most influential in his love of acting.

Ray Kane is the very charming Irish priest, Father Francis MacKenzie Muldoon.

Ray is a recent retiree to the Marco Island area, having lived most of his previous years in the Philadelphia area. He performed his first acting role this year as a juror in the recent Marco Players Production of “Twelve Angry Jurors.” Although thinking performing would just be a one time “bucket list” item, he now admits to being hooked. Ray would love to play Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird” someday and is excited to be working with The Island Players.

Audience members who share their own fondness for the game of chance will have the opportunity to join in and win a prize. “The audience will be playing Bingo during the show” says Father Mac. It’s the Play you can Play along with!

“The Queen of Bingo,” co-directed by Scott Lilly and Kevin Moriarty, will run for eight shows over three weekends (May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, & 19) at the Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Evening shows begin at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 PM. A concession stand will open a half hour before the show.

Tickets are $18 and available at Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Drive, the Marco Island Historical Society Gift Shop, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, or online at www.theateronmarco.com. Visit the website for cast biographies, future productions, or to join the email list. For any additional information call 239-394-0080.

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