Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Players By-the-Sea Honors Its Best Of

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Players By-the-Sea Honors Its Best Of

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Byline: Tamara McClaran

If you saw a show at Players by-the-Sea this past season, you witnessed the behind-the-scenes artistry of Anne Roberts.

The scenic painter transferred plywood into marble for The Lion in Winter, designed realistic brickwork for The Philadelphia Story and created a unique keyboard detail on the stage floor for the Red, Hot & Cole. During the past season, she worked on every Players by-the-Sea production.

While Roberts received multiple nominations for the best scenic painter award, she won it for her work with Red, Hot and Cole.

Her artwork is a key part of the show and something audiences notice and appreciate.

"The set really makes a difference," said Art Thomas, who regularly attends Players' shows. "She is very talented and her work is the kind of thing that really makes a difference."

While she loves to paint, Roberts got involved with Players because of her 10-year-old daughter, Lucie. Lucie attends the theater's children's program and was also a Pelican nominee for best actress in a cameo role for The Goodbye Girl.

"If it wasn't for Lucie, I probably wouldn't be in this theater," Anne Roberts said. "I am very grateful to all of the actors, directors and technicians who allow my work to come alive at Players."

Anne Roberts was also nominated for best set design for Red, Hot & Cole and best overall volunteer. Her only on-stage performance has been at the Spring Fling fund-raiser, which Lucie also appeared in. Even though she admits she is more comfortable behind the scenes, she appreciates the concept of stage fright when she puts her work on stage.

"It proves not only actors get nervous on stage," Anne Roberts said. "It can be really scary as you build your work into a full stage."

Like so many of the volunteers at Players, Roberts contributes countless hours to the theater. She describes the theater as a wonderful environment with many rewards.

"It's magic," Anne Roberts said. "Of course you're seduced by it. …

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