Charlotte Players Inc
PO Box 494088
Pt Charlotte FL 33949
Charlotte Players, a volunteer-based organization, shall provide and promote quality theater arts programs to educate, entertain, and enrich the Southwest Florida Community.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sherrie Melanie Moody
Board Chair Mr. Sean Doherty
Board Chair Affiliation Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau-Sports Marketing
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1970
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Accomplishments 2017-1
I. The Langdon Playhouse (Black Box Performance Venue): Through the "No Margin, No Mission" program of The Patterson Foundation, our organization was able to raise $45,000 through donations from our patrons, sponsors, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and matching funds from The Patterson Foundation. Monies raised were used to improve online ticketing, box office ticketing procedures (ticket printers/software) for two different box offices, and scenic design construction equipment. A total remodel of the concession area, which included a stainless steel sink, hot water heater, counters, glass display cases, cash register unit and storage areas.
II.  The Kids OnStage Summer drama workshop held at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center had a record enrollment for students in June (2017) One hundred and thirty students participated with 48 volunteers, 3 collegiate Interns and 4 staff Directors. The Kids OnStage program was started in 2007.
III. Charlotte Player are proud of the ongoing successful partnership with the Charlotte County Public Schools with promoting, funding and daily operations of the Dolly Parton-Charlotte County Imagination literacy program. Over 54,000 FREE books have been distributed to pre-school children in Charlotte County since January of 2012.
IV. Successful Fundraisers: 5th Annual Golf Tournament-5/13/17, 5th Annual Comedy For A Cause 
     Fundraiser 11/09/17 and 3rd Annual Madrigal Dinner 11/31, 12/1 & 2, 2017.  
Goals 2017-18
I. Continued growth of the Kids OnStage program. With special emphasis on making the program available to all students in Charlotte County. Scholarships will continue to be offered to students currently participating in the Federal free and reduced lunch program.
V. Continued growth of the Dolly Parton-Charlotte County Imagination Library. Current enrollment has now reached over 1,378 pre-school children.
VI. Charlotte Players will continue to promote and invest in the TV & Television: On Camera Acting Program. Photo studio quality head shots/photographs are now available to actors and business people alike. Actors headshots and audition/resume cards may also be secured as a service of this program.
Needs Statement


  • Provide quality, provide quality, value priced entertainment for our community
  • Expand entertainment offerings in the Langdon Playhouse & other venues in Southwest Florida
  • Promote diversity and accessibility by including more minority focused plays, promoting special ticket prices and events for families, and providing scholarship assistance to students for Kids OnStage workshops and camps.



  • Invest in a Volunteer Coordinator. Charlotte Players have secured a volunteer who currently makes contact with members of the community who are interested in helping our organization. We would like to eventually make this a part-time, paid position.
  • Promote physical and mental health in our senior dominated community
  • Reach and recruit volunteers more effectively with a directed social media campaign



  • Expand the existing Langdon Playhouse by fall of 2016 PHASE I. Charlotte Players are currently seeking help through the Patterson Foundation's Margin & Mission initiative to start on PHASE II of a long-term Langdon remodel.  
  • Add air conditioning and insulation to the costume storage area


  • Augment our regular performance offerings with contracted entertainment
  • Expand our ticketing marketing efforts, using social media and our existing data base. In May, 2016 we employed a part-time sub contractor to develop a strong and consistent social media presence for the organization.
  • Promote literacy in Charlotte County through the Dolly Parton-Charlotte County Imagination Library (CCIL). As the local affiliate, CCIL has disributed over 30,000 books to children; aged birth to 5 (in Charlotte County) since January of 2012.
  • Improve literacy and school readiness in Charlotte County through our Charlotte County Imagination Library (CCIL) program to reach 5,000 preschool children by 2022. Current enrollment 855.
  • Increase our educational class offerings
Background Statement
   Charlotte Players had its first organizational meeting on Oct. 16, 1961 at North Port Charlotte Community Center. The group's 1st production was "Now is the Time" performed at the Charlotte Lanes Bowling Alley on May 1962. The show had a cast of 7 people. Tickets were $.50 for 2 sold out performances. The 1st  president of the Charlotte Players was Peggy Cummins, elected in 1962.  In 1963, the Charlotte Players adapted their first set of By-Laws and had a membership of 30 people. After meeting in community buildings & garages,  an empty store was offered as a temporary home. A couple months later the group was asked to move out to make way for paying renters. By now the performing group had acquired furniture, stage sets & props. The situation was remedied by General Development Corp. who gave permission to store everything at the old Truss Plant, in Pt. Charlotte. Productions where held at the Elk's Club of Punta Gorda, the P.G. Women's Club, the American Legion Hall and Charlotte High School. In March of '66, Vasco Peeples offered free use of the former Elk's bldg. It was fixed up as a little theater, and they stayed for 3 1/2 years.
   Charlotte Players moved their performances to the Cultural Center theater in Jan. of 1968 so they could perform larger shows. "Never Too Late" was their 1st show and seen by over 400 people. 
   In Sept. 1969, the Charlotte Players purchased their 1st building; the White Elephant Trading Post, in Charlotte Harbor. The building was built in 1924 as a General Store. Charlotte Players Pres., Marie Mast Ballou, facilitated the purchase for $17,000 which meant a mortgage payment of $100. Mr. Cy Harader was Pres. from 1979-1990. Under Cy's leadership, the Charlotte Players received their IRS letter of determination in 1981, giving them a 502(C)3 non-profit status. John Lund started directing for the Charlotte Players in 1982 and was soon hired as the 1st resident artistic director. Charlotte Players presented their 1st musical, The Pajama Game, in 1984, with a cast of 20+. A gala was held at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, in 1985 to celebrate their Silver Anniversary. At the event, Helen Langdon paid of the mortgage at the Bayshore building. The Bayshore building was sold in the early 90's. New property was purchased in Murdock with hopes of someday building a theater. In 1993, Janet Castro was elected president. Judy Malbuisson was hired as the 1st Executive Dir.  Judy held the position from 1993-2001. During the mid 90's, several rental spaces were secured to work from. A unit was rented on Tamiami Trail in 1996 that remained the office/rehearsal hall and workshop for over 15 years.
   In 2002 the Cultural Center theater underwent a complete remodel. During this period,  performances were held in the newly built Conference Center at CCCC. Performances in the theater returned in fall of 2003 only to be stopped again 2004 because of the destruction of Hurricane Charley. Hal Williams, a dedicated set designer for the Charlotte Players was president at the time and made the decision to move the 2004-05 performances to the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, in Punta Gorda. Shows returned to the Cultural Center Theater in 2005-06 under the presidential leadership of Lynne Ziegler. Sherrie Moody was hired as a new Executive Director in 2006 after the Murdock property was sold and remains the Players E.D. to present. The previous year, past president Ernestine Zipoy, Lynne Ziegler and Sharynn Kozenko had taken on the responsibilities of running the organization. A 50th Anniversary Gala was held at Visani, in 2009 with members performing "On Stage for Murder". Lora Resignato was the President who worked as the coordinator for the event. Over 100 people were in attendance.
   Feb. of 2010, marked the purchase of the Charlotte Players current home. The building was purchased after a bequest from Helen Langdon provided funds for a deposit on the building. Over 100 members and volunteers helped with the move. Marie LaBrosse acted as coordinator of the move. At the same time The points of Light Foundation had a partnership with Disney World. They supplied free tickets to theme parks with documentation of hours served for a nonprofit agency. The acquired property is now known as the Charlotte Players Community Theater Center and houses a small black box theater called the Langdon Playhouse. Jan. of 2012, the Charlotte Players in partnership with Shawn Smith of Shawn & Company, became the Charlotte County affiliate for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (CCIL). The program is designed to increase literacy and school readiness in children ages birth to five. Since then, CCIL has given out over 30,000 FREE books to pre-school children in Charlotte County. Charlotte Players hosted their 1st Comedy For A Cause Event in late Aug. 2013 with Marie LaBrosse and Deborah McMullen serving as coordinators. Seven comedians, all notable leaders in the Community volunteered to be laughed at for the Charlotte Players. The successful improvisation benefit is planned to become an annual event. Charlotte Players opened their new TV & Film On Camera Acting programs in Sept. (2013). A variety of services are offered to local actors; headshots, audition videos, vocal instruction , acting classes and workshops geared for on camera acting. Many of these new services are not provided on this coast and actors must travel to Miami or Tampa.The Players see a need for an acting hub in Southwest Florida for all actors.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Lee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Our zip code data base reflects patron attendance, during the 2015-16 season to the counties listed above as well as Hendry, Pasco, Polk, Palm Beach, Broward, Dade and Collier Counties.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

I first became involved with the Charlotte Players while serving on the Advisory Council for the Charlotte County Imagination Library; one of the programs affiliated with the Charlotte Players. I then was asked to become a Board of Director with the Charlotte Players and although I am involved with other non-profits, and hold various Board positions at both local and state levels, I was drawn to the Charlotte Players.  With the fact that I have zero theater experience, I was surprised that I was pulled towards a live theater organization. But I quickly realized that it was the drive, passion and belief in their mission that the staff and volunteers have that made me want to be a part of it.  Members and supporters are always willing to volunteer their time in not just the theater roles, but behind the scenes stuffing hundreds of mailers, being an usher for the Langdon and Main Stage Productions, working ticket sales, concessions and helping to organize the fundraising events.

I shamefully admit that growing up in the construction industry in Illinois and owning a successful glass company in Charlotte County since 1997; that even though I was very involved in my community non-profits and business sector, that I was not more involved in our local arts. I feel that the Charlotte Players touches not only those in the community that have a love for the arts but also those, like me, that may have not had live theater in their background.  In 2014 I was able to experience firsthand those feelings of stage fright when I was asked to be a performer in the Charlotte Players Comedy for a Cause fundraiser. I was one of eight community leaders performing a live improv show in front of over 200 of my peers. That experience was one of those “bucket list” items for me and one I will never forget. While it was a tremendous experience it is not one that I could do again, realizing that the stage is not within my comfort zone.  It did however expose me to the many facets of live theater and an admiration for those that are a part of it. I have learned many things about theater the past few years from the members, actors/actresses, directors and staff, but continue to learn more every day. 

As a community theater of 56 years and one of the oldest non-profits in the state, the Charlotte Players has been making changes to keep up with the demographics and interaction live theater provides within the community, but we must consistently adapt to the changes with social media, web sites and apps. We must strive to choose our show selections and marketing avenues to be able to bring in new audiences. Our Kids OnStage program opens the door to younger audiences, so they too may be able to experience the excitement of live performances and possibly excite their minds into becoming the next actor or actress in our local theater, Broadway, the film industry or even to do improv.  I am honored to have the support of the membership as we continue the mission of the Charlotte Players. As their President for the next two years and also as a member, I hope to bring some fresh ideas and a “newcomer” of the theater point of view to help them with the every changing world and how live theater will be a part of it.



President, Rick Ilmberger
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
My tenure with the Charlotte Players began in 2006. I had previously been employed by the Cultural Center of Charlotte County as their theater and facility manager for 5 years. In May of 2005, I decided to return to my collegiate studies to finish a degree in Organizational Management. Months before finishing I was contacted by Ernestine Zipoy, then president of the Charlotte Players and asked if I would be interested in the Executive Director position.
   Over ten years have passed since that time and I had enjoyed every day with the organization. Well, almost every day. I've highlighted below what I feel are some of the most outstanding achievements of the organization during the last ten years.
  • An emphasis has been made to improve all print materials; Playbills, Season Flyers, Advertisements, Social Media Sources and our Web Site 
  • Wider use of media resources to include newspaper, radio, television, magazines, social network
  • Greater involvement within the community, business networking and partnering
  • Box office hour changes- Cultural Center of Charlotte County (CCCC) is now open 6 months of the year. The Langdon Playhouse box office is open all year round. Previously, the CCC Box office had only been open two weeks before any given performance.
  • 2006 started accepting credit cards
  • 2007 started on-line ticketing
  • Kids OnStage Programming was started in 2006
  • Charlotte Players Community Theater Center building was purchased in 2010
  • The framework for the Langdon Playhouse was built in 2011. After a successful spring, the Board of Directors decided to invest in a permanent structure to be built with insulation, ceiling tiles and a sound/light booth.
  • The 2016-17 Charlotte Players theatrical season will include 2 different drama/comedy/musical series Main Stage & Langdon Playhouse), with over 60 performances 90 individual performances. When I came in 2006, the Charlotte Players presented 6 shows in the season with a total of 36 individual presentations.
  • Introduction of the Dolly Parton-Charlotte County Imagination Library to Charlotte County
  • Introduction of our Film & TV: On Camera Acting programming
         An enormous amount of work by our dedicated volunteers made          these changes possible. The results are very rewarding and          satisfying. I look forward to the next ten years with the Charlotte          Players and know that even greater achievements are in our future.
Charlotte Players offers four "Main Stage" theatrical productions each season at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County Theater, in Port Charlotte. These eighteen theatrical productions shows that include one musical and two straight shows. A week of night rehearsals preceed opening night. Auditions for these shows are normally held 6-8 weeks prior to a show moving into the theater. Artistic Directors, Music Directors, Choreographers, Set Designers, Properties Managers, Costumers and Stage Managers are hired for each of the four productions.
Main Stage productions are now scheduled January through April, when the bulk of our winter residents are in the area. 
Budget $211,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
Not only has the number of shows changed but also the months in which they are offered.
Long Term Success
Charlotte Players have been providing our Main Stage productions for residents of Southwest Florida since 1961. Our success can be attributed to our talented and dedicated volunteers who have brought quality theater to the stage for over 50 years.
The 2012-13 season reflects a change in the number of show normal show offerings. Five different productions have traditionally been in the "Main Stage" Series. This was reduced this year in an effort to reduce expenses. Now that the Langdon Playhouse is completed in our office/rehearsal facility, we are scheduling a variety of entertainment shows in the space, making one less show at the Cultural Center a cost saving measure.
Program Success Monitoring
Final year-end financials will give a clear picture as to the success of the show reduction in our 2012-13 season as well as the calendar chnge in the offerings. The Charlotte Players Board of Directors will be monitoring the seasons success monthly and will determine whether to duplicate the formula again for the 2013-14 season in February of 2013.
Program Success Examples
The vast majority of our customers are retired. It was with their feedback that shows times were changed from 8:00pm to 7:30pm. Matinees have been successful over the last couple years and more afternoon offerings are being made as a result.
Five education Kids OnStage camps and workshops are run March through July each year. Theater instructional classes are also scheduled with the beginning of each school year. These run 6-8 weeks with curriculum that includes all facets of a theatrical production including backstage, scenic design, props, costumes, musci sound, as well as performing on stage. All camps culiminate with a muscial production. The 2011-12 year had over 200 student participants.
Budget $0
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Arts Instruction
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
Our success with the Kids OnStage program has paved the way to for the introduction to the Dolly Parton-Imagination Library program (started in January 2012.) The community now looks to the Charlotte Players for educational programming for pre-school and school aged children.
The fall class offereing were started in 2011. We hope to see an increase in enrollment whn these become available in September 2012.
Long Term Success
Kids OnStage programming was started during the summer of 2006. The first and only camp that year had 15 students. The following year, two camps were held with a total of 30 students. Since then the program has growth with leaps and bounds resulting in over 200 student registrations in the last fiscal year.
Program Success Monitoring
A volunteer program coordinator has been with Kids OnStage since its origin in 2006. We strongely believe that this needs to become a part-time paid position in order for the program to grow. At this time funds are not avaiable to make this happen. We have seen a steady increase in students despite the lagging economy that has affected families in our area.
Program Success Examples
The increase instudent enrollment each year is the strongest example of this program's success. Our partnership with the Charlotte County Public School System has also made stronger because our deepening connection with students and instructors within the community.
Charlotte Players also provide a scholarship to graduating high schoool seniors in Charlotte County. Students from 3 different high schools are invited to apply. Over $14,000 has been awared over the last 4 years to students who intend to have collegiate studies in the performing arts. 
In 2010, Charlotte Players purchased an 8,000 suare foot metal building. The structure was built in 1972 and had previously housed a plumbing warehouse. Talented volunteers and supportive businesses have transformed the building into a community Theater hub called the Charlotte Players Community Theater Center. Within the structure a small black theater has been built called The Langdon Playhouse. In addition to small dramas, the organization presents a variety of entertainment offerings ranging from music related shows to magic, karaoke, bands and variety shows.
Budget $0
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
The short term success of The Langdon Playhouse has encouraged additional financial investment in the space. Through the donation of a supportive patron, we were able to purchase an install new air conditioning. Additional installation, a sound & light booth, and a new portable stage have all been created for the black box. These additions will allow the organization more flexiblily in show selection in the future. Keeping the Langdon a multi-purpose performance space is of up most importance to the Charlotte Players not only for shows but also as a rental, income producing space.
Long Term Success
The Langdon had a successful first year that included over 30 shows. The long term success of the Langdon is the Charlotte Players primary goal at this time. Higher revenues resulting from patronage of the black box will allow the organization to continue to reduce the number of rental performances at the Cultural Center theater which has proven to be very costly over the last couple of years. We are encouraged with number of patrons in our first year and are scheduling a larger selection of offerings this season.The Langdon Playhouse offers the Charlotte Players some flexibility with scheduling shows sometimes that we have no controll over with renting the Cultural Center Theater. At the Cultural Center we contract for specific dates. Their facility is most often contracted for dates immediately following ours. If a show has large tickets sales, we don't have the option of running it longer. In the Langdon, we can present additional dates with considerably less overhead.
Program Success Monitoring
Ticket sales give immediate results on the success of individual shows. We are continually monitoring what shows have better ticket sales. Knowing our customer is essential to the ultimate success of the Langdon. 
Program Success Examples
Charlotte Players had hoped to create another venue for topical/edgy dramas that would not be appropriate for our "Main Stage" series. The Langdon Playhouse, thus far, has appealed to a different patron demographic and from different geographical areas than traditional/previous show productions. The theater has already created an entirely new patron data base. Sending promotional post cards to these customers is considerably less expenssive than costly newspaper or magazine ads.
In January of 2012, the Charlotte Players in partnership with a local business brought Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to Charlotte County. As the nonprofit umbrella for the Charlotte County Imagination Library (CCIL), we fundraise, register students, maintain the financial records for
pre-school children who reside in Charlotte County. The program's focus is to provide free books to children from birth to age 5. The program promotes a love of reading and a regard for diversity, along with improving self-esteem and confidence. Without the written word there would be no playwrights or scripts to perform from. 
Budget $25,500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Literature
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy No
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
We are very fortunate to have partnered with the Charlotte County Public Schools on this project. The CCIL Advisory Board meet for the first time in Ausgust. At that time, Administration from the school district informed the council that they had already secured $6,000 in grants that will be awarded before years end. CCIL needs to raise $25 per registered student. The school district would like to register 1,000 students in the fall. These same granters have commnitted to $14,000 over the next 4 years.
Long Term Success
The program currently has 250 students enrolled. Once these children reach the age of 5 the free books are no longer delivered. The first book any child receives is The Little Engine That Could. The last is Get Ready for Kindergarten. Children who are enrolled from birth can receive up to 60 books. If a family has multiple children who fall into the pre-school bracket, each child will receive their own library without any financial obligation on the part of the family.
Program Success Monitoring
Registered children will represent the immediate success of the program here in Charlotte County. We have a goal of registering over 1,000 children each year for the next 5 years. That equates to at least $20,000 needed per year. Fundraising is diffinately a key factor in seeing that the CCIL can meet their goal.
Program Success Examples
A "Roll-Out" party is planned for children in February 2013 with a Gala (for adults) two weeks later. The Advisory Board will be responsible for planning both events. Our local Clear Channel Radio Stations have donated over $80,000 worth of free advertising for CCIL to be used by January 1, 2013. The community has been very supportive with the project thus far.
Description Charlotte Players has started programming for TV & Film actors. A variety of services are now offered to local actors; headshots, audition videos, acting classes and workshops geared for on camera acting. There is a distinct difference between "on stage" and "on camera" acting. Many of these services are not available in southwest Florida and actors must travel to Tampa or Miami to fine the assistance they need. 
Budget $0
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success We will be asking for input and evaluation from participants in the program and integrate improvements as quickly as possible.
Long Term Success Charlotte Players plan to become a hub for actors who seek to work on stage and the television/film industries. We are currently seeking information on how to create a data base that contains headshots, acting resumes and contact information for casting directors.
Program Success Monitoring This new programming will be evaluated quarterly by staff to see what changes need to be made to improve the quality of the services being provided.
Program Success Examples Success will be evaluated by increased revenues and participation with the program.
Program Comments by Organization

2016-17 Schedule-Cultural Center Theater-Port Charlotte

Not Now, Darling-Jan. 20, 21, 22*, 26, 27, & 28, 2017 

The Full Monty-Feb. 24, 25, 26* Mar. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, 2017

Farce of Nature-Mar. 30 & 31  Apr. 1, 2*, 2017  


Langdon Playhouse-Market Circle, Port Charlotte  

Jerry's Girls-Sept. 30 & 31   Oct. 1 & 2* 2016

Wife Begins at 40-Oct. 21, 22, 23*, 28, 29,* 30, 2016

Becky's New Car-Nov. 10, 11, 12, 13*, 17, 18, 19 & 22*, 2016

Weekend Comedy-Jan. 6, 7, 8*, 11, 12, 13 & 14*, 2017  
 Savannah Sipping Society-Feb. 2, 3, 4, 5*, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12*, 2017 
 Last Romance-Mar. 9, 10, 11, 12*, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19*, 2017
 Things My Mother Taught Me-Apr. 6, 7, 8, 9* 12, 13, 14 & 15*, 2017  
* 2pm Matinees 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sherrie Melanie Moody
CEO Term Start Jan 2006
CEO/Executive Director Email


Executive Director, Charlotte Players, Inc., Port Charlotte, 2006-2017

Asst. Executive Director of Operation, Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2004-2005,

Theatre Manager, Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2000-2005

Development Director, Community Christian School, Port Charlotte, 1995-1998

Business Manager, Creative Marketing International, Sarasota, 1992-1995

Owner-Vice President, The Moody Agency Advertising/Marketing, Punta Gorda, 1986-1992

Business Manager, Palm Automotive Group, Punta Gorda, 1981-1985


Goshen College, B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Organizational Management, 2003-2009

Edison College/Manatee Community College & Michigan State University, 2004-2006


Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs Committee, 2014-16

Charlotte County Imagination Library, Chairperson, 2011-16

Charlotte High School, Charisma, Marketing, 2013-14

Charlotte High School, Silver King Band, Marketing, 2012-13

Arts & Humanities Alliance of Fine Arts, Steering Committee, 2012-14

Arts in Education Charlotte County Task Force, Steering Committee, 2012

Port Charlotte High School, Project Graduation, Treasurer 2007-2008

Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida, Fundraising Board, 2005-2006

Port Charlotte High School Bands, Fundraising Chair, 2000-2003

First Presbyterian Church Port Charlotte, Pastor Nominating Committee, 1998-1999

Murdock Middle School, Math Curriculum Committee, 1998

Charlotte County Public Schools, Code and Conduct Committee, 1997

Charlotte County Public Schools, County School Advisory Council, 1997

Liberty Elementary School, School Advisory Council, President, 1995-1996

Liberty Elementary School, School Advisory Council, Vice President, 1994-1995

Liberty Elementary School, PTO President, 1993-1994

Boy Scouts of America, Billy Bowlegs District, Charlotte County Troop Leader, 1992-1994

First Presbyterian Church Port Charlotte, Sanctuary Revitalization Committee, 1992-1993

Guardian Ad Litem-Charlotte County, Board of Directors, 1994

Charlotte County Memorial Auditorium, Halloween Carnival Chair, 1994

General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Florida State Jr. Dean of Chairmen, 1992-1994

General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Florida Jr. District Director, 1991-1992

Fawcett Memorial Hospital Citizen’s Advisory Board, 1988-1990

General Federation of Women’s Club, Jr. Women’s Club of Charlotte Co., President 1988-1990


American Association of Community Theaters (AACT) Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County (Member) Charlotte Players (Member)

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Judy Malbuisson -
Mr. Frank Mistrella -
Senior Staff
Ms. Melissa Cripps Assistant to the Exectutive Director
Mrs. Lori Wagner-Ryan Community Outreasch Coordinator
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 24
Volunteers 560
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
      Charlotte Players have a wonderful partnership with the Charlotte County School system. We currently provide support with drama programs at Deep Creek Elementary School as well as Charlotte, Port Charlotte and Lemon Bay High Schools. We also frequently assist the North Port High School Drama Department in the Sarasota Public School System. Our set, prop and costume departments act as a clearing house for these schools in addition to providing professional acting direction when asked.
      Charlotte Players brought the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a literacy program to pre-school children, to Charlotte County in January of 2012. Since then, a Advisory Board has been established (for the Charlotte County Imagination Library) which includes community leaders, school administration and members of Charlotte County government to assist in fundraising activities.
     Our Charlotte County Imagination Library program is currently involved in a collaborative Grant through the United Way of Charlotte County. The other organizations involved in the grant are: New Operation Cooper Street and The Charlotte Local Education Foundation. The project is focused on reducing poverty in Charlotte County through a variety of educational opportunities including improved literacy.
      We have a working relationship with many of the theaters in Southwest Florida. Ad space is traded with Venice Theater (Venice), Lemon Bay Playhouse (Englewood), the Charlotte Performing Arts Center-Charlotte High School, Cultural Center of Charlotte County, Charlotte County Jazz Society, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte County Big Band and the Charlotte Chorale. These partnershipshave also been benificial for securing costumes and special set pieces for productions.
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce2017
North Port Chamber of Commerce2017
Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce2017
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce2017
American Association of Community Theatre2017
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2017
United Way Florida2017
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Sean Doherty
Company Affiliation Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau-Sports Marketing
Board Term May 2016 to May 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Liz Andresen Retired Casting Director
Mrs. Marie Brown Charlotte County Public Schools-Teacher
Ms. Mary Crawford Deep Creek Elementary School- Accounting
Mr. Sean Doherty Charlotte County Visitor's Bureau-Sports Marketing
Ms. Jenni Elliott Retired Fundraising Professional
Mr. David Habershaw Insurance Research
Mrs. Vickie Howard Real Estate Agent-Coldwell Banker Morris
Mr. Jerry Jones Charlotte County Visitor's Bureau-Director of Films
Ms. Judy Juliano RN
Mrs. Marie LaBrosse Charlotte Well Drilling-Owner/Operator
Dr. Sharon MacLaren Retired Educator
Mr. Daniel Mearns Charlotte State Bank & Trust-Marketing
Mr. William Olsen Drama Instructor-Charlotte High School
Mr. Robert Overcash Integrity Electric-Owner/Operator
Mr. Kirk Roberts Massage Therapist
Mr. Glenn Wright Retired Contractor
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 8
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 72
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Governance Comments by Organization In May of 2017, Charlotte Players increased the size of our Officers/Board substantially from eleven to sixteen total members.  We are confident that this larger governing Board will bring more expertise to the table.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $326,642.00
Projected Expenses $326,642.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$36,400$0
Individual Contributions$48,005$20,020$21,713
Investment Income, Net of Losses$83$23$27
Membership Dues$5,250$5,732$0
Special Events$44,043$58,876$40,471
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$323,677$210,551$213,930
Administration Expense$30,250$47,465$44,249
Fundraising Expense$8,570$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.080.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%82%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$390,221$335,279$300,934
Current Assets$132,014$66,340$25,845
Long-Term Liabilities$181,450$188,289$195,179
Current Liabilities$47,269$19,610$0
Total Net Assets$161,503$127,380$105,755
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountPlays Income - Mainstage $132,594Plays Income - Mainstage $123,855Plays Income-Mainstage/Lang $138,791
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBP Settlement $60,913Fundraising $58,876Fundraising $40,471
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $48,005Government Grants - Unspecified $36,400Plays Income - Kids on Stage $33,088
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.793.38--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets46%56%65%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they were not separated in the 990s or financial compilations.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.  The Federal 990s do not reconcile with the financial compilations, as Schedule D, Parts XII and XIII of the 990s were not completed.
Nonprofit Charlotte Players Inc
Address PO Box 494088
Pt Charlotte, FL 33953
Phone 941 255-1022