The Naples Players serves as cultural bedrock for our community. The theater group delights audiences and engages creative, artistic, and handy Neapolitans—and has for nearly sixty years. Beginning in a living room, the Naples Players now perform at the iconic Sugden Theater in the heart of Fifth Avenue.

Distinguishing community theaters like the Naples Players from other playhouses is their reliance on local volunteer actors, stage hands, set builders, and costume makers from Naples and the surrounding community.

“We truly cannot operate without the help of those willing to donate their time,” says Esther Snyder, Director of Volunteers for the Naples Players.

While the theater offers acting classes and holds regular auditions for those who are stage bound, there are many other roles which must be cast. “Volunteers work on costumes, usher, build sets, assist backstage, prop a show, and do clerical work in the office,” says Snyder. “There is always a way to be a part of this theater if you’re interested.”

Scheduling doesn’t seem to interfere with volunteers’ ability to participate, says Snyder. “The costume and scene shops have a drop-in policy, so you come in and work when you can during their hours of operation.” Plus, they’ll train you. Snyder recounts coming to the theater as a volunteer and her desire to recreate that volunteer experience. “I want people to have the same enthusiasm for the theater. I want people to enjoy being here as much as I do.”

To become part of the show, call or email Esther Snyder at (239) 434-7340 ext. 105 or She begins with a backstage tour of the theater and informal conversation about strengths, interests, and schedule. Soon thereafter, you’ll be a star.

And if you want to support the theater the old-fashioned way, join the Naples Players at their annual fundraiser. The Royal Ascot Afternoon celebrates My Fair Lady at the Sugden Theater on Fifth Ave South on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 2pm. Tickets are $200 and include cocktails, high tea, a silent auction, and lots of surprises—followed by a special private matinee performance of My Fair Lady. Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at (239) 263-7990.

WHAT: The Naples Players “Royal Ascot Afternoon” Annual Fundraising Luncheon

WHERE: The Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theater / Blackburn Hall,

701 5th Ave. S, Naples FL 34102

WHEN: March 11, 2017, Noon

COST: Tickets $200

TICKETS: or call (239) 263-7990