Though the daytime television landscape has seen some reshaping over the past decade, soap operas have made their mark on the American entertainment industry. To celebrate all those drama-filled moments, the Island Theater Company’s Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend will make this Memorial Day weekend one heck of a daytime TV party, complete will the stars that make the programs so compelling.
From May 23-26, Soapfest will take over Marco Island with VIP meet and greets, high-seas booze cruises, and a karaoke smash for the ages, all to benefit Camp Able, a nonprofit dedicated to providing educational outreach for children with special needs, and the Island Theater Company’s kids program. Joining soap opera fans this year is a full cast of actors and actresses from some of the genre’s storied portfolio, past and present. The cast includes Young and the Restless stars Christian LeBlanc (current), Jeff Branson and John Driscoll (both alums); General Hospital actors Kristen Alderson, Chad Duell, Bryan Craig and Kelly Thiebaud; One Life to Live alums Melissa Archer and Eddie Alderson; and Guiding Light and As the World Turns star Tom Pelphrey.
Here, we list a preview of the parties to come to Marco Island this year for Southwest Florida Soapfest.
Friday, May 23 an exclusive “behind-the-scenes” VIP party will welcome all the soap stars at a private home on the island.
- Festivities begin at 7 p.m.
- Open to sponsor level patrons of the charity weekend. For sponsorship levels and tickets, click here.
On Saturday, May 24, the party really begins with “A Night of Stars,” the official kick-off of the weekend. Held at Bistro Soleil in the historic Olde Marco Island Inn, guests will enjoy a wonderful meal by chef Denis Meurgue, as well as meet and greets with this year’s stars, autograph signing, a Q&A session, an expansive auction and the first-ever Soapfest Game Night.
- The party starts at 7 p.m.
- Tickets cost $125 per person, $200 for VIP. Click here for tickets.
Head to open sea on Sunday, May 25 from 12-3 p.m., as the Marco Island Princess cruises around the Ten Thousand Islands for “Cruisin’, Boozin’ and Schmoozin’.”
- The cruise runs 12-3 p.m.
- Tickets cost $130 and includes a buffet lunch. Purchase tickets here.
A scene from 2012’s Soapfest Karaoke Bar Bash.
Capping Soapfest’s Sunday Funday, Porky’s Restaurant and Lounge will host the Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash. Join your favorite daytime stars as they belt-out their favorite tunes, as well as pouring your favorite libations, all in the name of charity.
- The party begins at 9 p.m.
- Tickets cost $75 per person; get them here.
Soap fans will get one last chance to meet their favorite actors on Monday, May 26 at the exclusive VIP Brunch with the Boys of Daytime. Open to sponsor-level members, 2014 marks this special event’s inaugural year, with a few surprises planned for guests.
- Admission: $250 sponsorship level. For sponsor ship information, click here.