The Manatee Players have enjoyed the national stage for years, namely by establishing a reputation for outstanding community theater productions and winning award after award in big competitions.
With the exceptional Manatee Performing Arts Center as home since last year, the company's stature soared anew.
The country's beacon of business news, the Wall Street Journal, shined a bright light on the company as a prime success story among community theaters. Yes, the business side of the Manatee Players is as strong as the theater side.
We knew that. The Players organization is a key economic asset for the community.
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And, as the Journal report notes, the company's alliances with other community groups proved pivotal to its success.
The biggest alliance is with the Bradenton Kiwanis Club, which now calls the performing arts center home after large donations pushed construction toward completion.
"Times are good for Manatee Players," the article states. Yes, indeed.
There's nothing like national recognition to prove a job well done.