Thursday, October 28, 2021

YMCA to Offer Summer Theater Camp

Marco Island playwright Gina Sisbarro will once again be lending her directorial prowess in a new YMCA theater camp to take place July 17-21.

“It is such a thrill to return to the Greater Marco Island YMCA to direct summer camp,” said Sisbarro. “This is where it all started with our first production of ‘Annie’ over 20 years ago.”

Gina Sisbarro is perhaps best known in the area for her writing and directing. Her most recent play, “Battlefield of Brotherhood,” told told the fictional account of the historical Battle of Olmsted, in North Florida. The play was well received. Prior to “Battlefield of Brotherhood” Sisbarro wrote and directed “The Men of Rushmore and Their Wives.” She also owns and operates Marco Island’s only ghost tour service, the Marco Murder and Mayhem tour.

For the past 20 years Sisbarro has been engaging in the theater business here on Marco Island. She’s introduced hundreds of children to acting, many of whom have gone on to pursue careers in the performing arts.

“The majority of our island kids got their first taste of theater with the YMCA camp and have moved onto bigger platforms and performance arts universities and colleges,” said Sisbarro.

Students in the third grade and up are welcomed to attend the weeklong camp, which will put on a production of “Haphazardly Ever After,” by Jeff Fluharty. The play offers a somewhat modern take on the traditional fairy tale. It’s satirical, goofy, and for the campers, a perfect introduction to theater.

“If I can’t laugh at it, I don’t want to do it,” said Sisbarro.

According to Sisbarro, “Haphazardly Ever After,” has an abundance of roles, so every camper will have a part. It’s also age appropriate and family-friendly.

“It’s a great play for all ages: elementary, middle school, teens and of course parents. It’s a real family type of play,” said Sisbarro.

The play is set to premier on July 22 at Marco Island Charter Middle School. The public is welcomed to attend.

“The Y’s thrilled to have theater back. Gina’s a fabulous director. She’s got a major passion for it. Knowing her experience and her passion we got really excited and of course we wanted to offer it,” said YMCA Youth Development Manager Stephanie Pepper.

Aside from the camp, Sisbarro will also be providing a free theater workshop for Marco Island Charter Middle School’s enrichment camp set to take place on June 28th.

“It is such a passion of mine to share in the joy or performance arts, aside from the thrill of preforming in front of an audience. Theater is the biggest self-esteem and confidence builder out there,” said Sisbarro.

Theater Camp, for children in third grade to high school, takes place July 17- 21 from 9 AM to 5 PM, and costs $100. For more information contact 239-394-YMCA (9622).

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