Humorist Jean Shepperd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940’s follows Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Rider BB Gun under the tree for Christmas. “You’ll shoot your eye out.” is a consistent response from his mother, teacher and even Santa Clause at Goldblatt’s department Store.
Gina Sisbarro is a native of New Jersey and began her career on New Jersey cable television as Vampira, a character she created for the Annual Scary Story Contest for her hometown Parks and Recreation Department in Freemont. From there, she hosted an array of children’s programs as well as serving as the host for many special events for children.
Twelve years ago, she and her family moved to Marco Island. For several years after her move to Marco Island, she appeared in The Marco Players Theater productions of Dearly Departed, The Cemetery Club and The Drunkard. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the theater.
Eleven years ago, she found herself hired at, and directing productions for, the Marco Island YMCA Children’s Summer Theater program. When that program ended, she joined the Upon a Star Foundation, who is now partnering with Marco Island Recreation and Parks and The Marco Players, directing their Children’s Summer Theater Program. Some of the children’s productions she has directed over the past eight years include Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Cinderella Wore Combat Boots, Arsenic and Old Lace, 1940′s Radio Show, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Happy Days, Hairspray, The Breakfast Club, Charlie Brown, Wickedand West Side Story.
Gina believes there is an incredible amount of talent on Marco Island and has motivated and inspired many young people who have participated in her productions. She is determined to bring them all into the fold.
For Gina, she has come full circle. In addition to her work with the Parks and Recreation Children’s Summer Theater program, she will be directing productions for the new Marco Players Children’s Theater Program.