Like many community theatres across the country, Marathon Community Theatre (MCT) struggles to maintain interest, not just from audiences, but from actors, members and donors. This season, the Middle Keys playhouse took a 21st century path to build awareness of the organization’s 69th theatre season with an online video posted on the group’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MarathonCommunityTheatre.
“The video concept came about as a way to engage our membership and build awareness about MCT in a fun, quirky way,” said General Manager Bonnie Greenberg. “It’s very Keys-ie.”Amusing lyrics, tailored to the Middle Keys lifestyle, are sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music,” which is set to open on the MCT stage in March.
The short film was produced locally by Conch Records and took place in various locations around the islands of Marathon including Sombrero Beach and Dolphin Research Center. “Only in the Florida Keys can community theatre members do jazz hands with a dolphin,” Greenberg said.
Marathon Community Theatre’s current season is filled with comedy and the sound of music. Tickets are available by calling the MCT box office at 305-743-0994. The remaining season line-up includes:
Rogers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music
March 7 – April 6
Ken Ludwig’s raucous comedy Moon Over Buffalo
May 2 – May 18
Tah-Dance: MCT’s 5th annual dance showcase, June 15 & 16
Already enjoyed this winter season were: One Weekend Only (OWO): Variety Show, Hats off to Broadway, the theatre group’s annual fundraising event with comedy skits, dance and songs from Tony nominated musicals. Nov. 2 & 3, 2012; Nana’s Naughty Knickers, A Farce by Katherine DiSavino, Nov. 23 – Dec. 15, 2012; MCT’s Annual Holiday Concert, Dec. 22; Gordon Ross Cabaret, Jazz, blues & show tunes, Jan. 11; Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, A Comedy by Alan Ball, Jan.17 – Feb. 9; and Looking (presented as a Reading), a comedy by Norm Foster, Feb. 15 & 16.
Marathon Community Theatre, www.marathontheater.org, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to contributing to and enhancing the cultural life of the Middle Keys. Membership is open to anyone who wants to support the activities of MCT through volunteer involvement or by contributions. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to Marathon Community Theatre, POB 500124, Marathon, FL 33050, or call 305-743-0408.