2018-2019 Registration Requests

Good afternoon, from Riverfront Theatre Company!

We’ve been getting a whole bunch of new emails from parents hoping to register their kids for this coming season, or add them to the waiting list, so I wanted to post an online update for everyone about where we stand.

At present, we have 76 students on the roster for this coming September. That includes all the students who have announced plans to re-register who were with us last season, and as many kids as we could POSSIBLY squeeze in from the waiting list.

I still have over a dozen kids on the waiting list, between Senior and Junior applicants.

Those families wishing to register their kids from that roster of 76 have been given a deadline of SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th to get their registrations in.

For anyone paying attention, that’s the day of our annual car wash fundraiser.

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I’ve been very clear with our incoming families that we have too many people wanting to join to hold places for anyone who doesn’t turn in their paperwork by that date.
On August 12th, we will turn back to the waiting list if we have any gaps to fill. Otherwise, we are absolutely FULL TO THE GILLS and I can’t squeeze another student in.  The waiting list will then be for a start date of September 2019. I’m so sorry. We wish we had unlimited enrollment, but it’s just not possible.

Under Pressure: Our November Trio of One-Act Plays

Under the gun. Under a cloud. Under fire. Under the microscope. Underdog. Under-achiever. Undercover. Under no circumstances. Under lock and key. Under your breath. Under the carpet. Under the influence. Under the radar. Under the wire. Under wraps. Under water.

What are you “under?”

If you’re an adolescent – chances are, you’re UNDER PRESSURE.

In November 2018, our Senior Ensemble will be presenting a trio of one-act plays centering on the themes of social anxiety, peer pressure, and bullying.  We wanted to tackle these plays with our students to keep their theatre experience real, and relevant to them, to give them a chance to work through and express so many of the issues we know that young people struggle with. Through their rehearsal process, we hope to really examine and discuss some of the things that weigh on them, that keep them “under pressure.” We want to be part of instilling a community spirit and a sense of empathy in them in getting through some of the really tough stuff of adolescence. In the end, when we present the shows, we hope to open up a real dialogue for those attending the shows, as well.

Also being incorporated under this plan is student direction. We’ll have two university students and a high school student directing these three plays. We wanted to make sure that our younger people are getting the opportunities to learn new skills, but we also want to facilitate a close connection among the age groups going through these issues who can really understand and with whom the ideas we’ll explore will resonate most strongly.

This production will be available to school audiences on Friday, November 23, 2018, by pre-booking seats through RiverfrontTheatreCompany@gmail.com. It may be possible to arrange presentation of the show AT your school. Email to enquire.

Public performances will be held on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24th at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, November 25th at 2 p.m.

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Box:
By Lindsay Price

Sometimes we choose the way the world sees us. Black box – indestructible. Jewelry box – plain on the outside, shiny on the inside. Sometimes our box is defined by others – our parents, our friends, our enemies. A box built by others can feel small, confined, impossible.

How do we handle the boxes imposed upon us because of our gender? Our race? From peer pressure? From parent pressure? Do we have to live with our box for the rest of our lives? Can we change?


Hoodie: 
By Lindsay Price

“This shirt has to show everything there is to know about me, my absolute coolness, and demonstrate my abilities to reach the highest rung on the in-crowd ladder.”

Middle schoolers face a tornado of questions every day. What do I wear? What if I wear the wrong thing? What is she wearing? What do I look like? Stop looking at me!

Hoodie examines image and appearance in the vignette style and poses what may be the most difficult question of all – Do I stay in the clump or do I stand alone?

 

 

The Redemption of Gertie Greene:
By Taryn Temple

New student Gertie Greene is a bully. Gossip spreads like wildfire that she attacks kids in the bathroom, knocks down football players, and gets suspended all the time. Even teachers are afraid of her. Everyone’s talking about it so it must be true. But is she really a terrifying monster?

In The Redemption of Gertie Greene the truth comes out in the most unexpected ways. Is Gertie really what everyone calls her: a freak, strange, stupid, clumsy, and mean? Or can Mrs. Fillmore’s quirky drama students see past the scuttlebutt to discover the real person behind the rumors? As they separate fact from fiction, Gertie and her fellow drama students bring to light the transforming power of kindness, and the importance of standing up for people who can’t defend themselves.

Season 14 Brought to a Successful End!

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It’s June – and RTC doesn’t exactly operate in June, July and August. Oh, we have a few upcoming events – we have our annual Stratford field trip coming up this weekend, and we’ll have our car wash fundraiser later on this summer. Our production crews will be working hard behind the scenes, preparing for the fall. But for all intents and purposes, Season 15 is a wrap.

What a season it has been!  We started the season with 60 students enrolled in the programme, and we put them on stage three times, all of which were beautiful successes!

Christmas Around the World was a beautiful show with our 17 Juniors in December. In February, we put on Anne of Green Gables with our Senior Ensemble, to record attendance. And then, last month, we finished our season with a bang, bringing Seussical to the stage with the full cast, and oh, what a success that was!  We set a NEW record for attendance with this one, and the reviews were wonderful!  People couldn’t say enough about how much fun it was, how slick and entertaining the kids were, and how much our set and costumes just popped on that stage!

We’re very proud of our Seussical, and more grateful than we can say to everyone who helped make it not only possible, but extraordinary.

I really want to recognise how very far we’ve come. The kids probably thought Seussical was going to be good fun, but I doubt they realised how much work was going to have to go into it – the harmonies and vocal preparation alone were quite challenging. Jeff Gartshore, our Music Director, and Meredith Garswood, our Assistant Music Director, had them working on that weekly from September to May, and the results shone!  Elena Holowitz, our Director and Choreographer, was accepted to a B.C. University part way through our season, leaving at the end of March, and it is a clear testament to her organization and hard work with the students that she had the entire show blocked and choreographed before she left. Assistant Director Caroline Garswood, and our dance captains, Kaylee Cabrera (also our Cat in the Hat) and Grace Clarkson (also our Thing One) stepped in with Crystal Benn, our Stage Manager, to make sure that her vision was fully realised, and that the Juniors were nicely incorporated once they rejoined us after their winter break.

And the audiences – how they came flooding in!  We’ve never seen such strong attendance as we have this season. It’s been immensely gratifying to know that the Riverfront name is getting better and better known, and that people recognise that the kids can be trusted to give them a quality evening or afternoon of entertainment. And with every production, our waiting list grows by another several names, and more and more kids turn to their parents and say, “Hey, I want to do this, too!”  We’ll do everything we can to make that possible for as many kids as we can next year, but I have to admit, we have a challenge, with the numbers on the list!  We’re putting together a somewhat different plan to try to facilitate that next season, and we’ll be announcing that in full detail with another blog post before the end of June ( there is lots of info to be found in our “How to Join” section that will give hints away, though!).

Stay tuned for a few updates and pieces of news throughout the summer, and then watch for us coming back strong in September with fresh energy, some new faces, some new sponsorship, hopefully, and exciting new projects!

 

The Faces of Seussical

One week from today, our cast will walk into the Olde Walkerville Theatre and see what our crew had been up to!  The set will be all set up and gorgeous, and the theatre will become our home and our world for a hectic, intense week!

As with any of our shows, but especially with our musicals, there have been MONTHS of rehearsals, and costumes being made, and sets and props being constructed, and dances being learned, and songs and harmonies perfected.

It is a long labour of love and passion. And these are most of the people who are bringing it to you (a few of our crew have been camera shy about this!).

We can’t wait to have you out to join us to see this bright, zany, and wonderful world of Seuss!

 

Seussical the Musical – Opening May 25th!

Well, we know it’s getting closer when the sign goes up at the theatre!  The new digital marquee at The Olde Walkerville is great, and it’s fun to see notice of our show make its appearance! I had to pull over this morning on the way to work to get a good shot.

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Surprisingly, I still run into people who don’t know Seussical, and want to know what it’s all about. So I just thought I’d make a wee post about that for anyone who’s not sure.

If you take a bunch of your favourite Dr. Seuss books and stir them together, you find your story. Here we have the story of the Cat in the Hat encouraging young Jojo the Who, son of the Mayor and his wife, to use his imagination. In the meantime, we have Horton the Elephant, hearing the Whos in the speck of dust on the clover, and all of his “friends” mocking him. We have him abandoned to babysit an egg for lazy Mayzie LaBird, and Gertrude McFuzz pining for him, and figuring out she doesn’t need to be anyone but the wonderful bird that she is to gain his appreciation. We have appearances by many other beloved characters, including the Grinch. And it’s all stirred together with fantastic music and dance, and perfect for you and your family to enjoy.

This production will be performed by our entire company, nearly sixty kids, ages 6-18.  We’re only 10 days away from moving into the theatre, and we can’t wait to get started with our audiences. Our school performance on the morning of Friday, May 25th, sold out very quickly, but we have three performances that we can’t wait to present for general audiences. Tickets are available through the Olde Walkerville Box Office (in person and online), through Eventbrite.com, and at the theatre one hour before each show!  They’re also available from any cast member!
Riverfront likes to end our season each year with a family-friendly musical. We’re proud to bring Seussical to the stage this year, and we hope that you will be joining us!

 

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Our May 2019 Musical Will Be…..

We promised an announcement would come soon!  We haven’t quite got our posters ready for the rest of the 2018-2019 season, but we CAN make an announcement about the musical we’ll be producing next spring!

It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’ve very, very exciting!  And because it’s so big, we’ll go back to a two-week run next year!  May 17-19 and 24-26, 2019, at the Olde Walkerville Theatre, plan to see:

Mary Poppins announcement

Thanking a Sponsor, and ALMOST ready for next season’s announcement

It’s a good day today, friends! We’ve just received word that the Windsor Police Association has just approved ongoing sponsorship for Riverfront again this year. We are so grateful for their support over the past four years. Community sponsorship means a great deal from all our sponsors. There’s something especially encouraging, however, to know that our local police feel so strongly about encouraging our efforts with the youth in our community. As they state on their own website:

“In addition to the many countless hours that WPA members spend volunteering their time, the Association also donates thousands of dollars annually to charitable organizations.  The WPA is pleased to be associated with likeminded groups who work towards the betterment of the citizens of Windsor.”

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Our Executive Director is one of the WPA members volunteering her time with Riverfront. Having the backing of the rest of the Association means a lot.

In other happy news, we have just sent off our signed contract for next year’s spring musical, which is the last of our arrangements for next season’s productions! We anticipate an announcement by the end of the month – we’re just working on some design elements now!  So STAY TUNED!!  Exciting things lie ahead!

 

 

April 2018 Update & SPONSORSHIP REQUEST!

It looks like spring is finally starting to arrive, and I know we’re all more than ready for it!

Spring is a very busy time for Riverfront. Right now, we’re putting the final touches on Seussical! – which opens next month, May 25-27th at The Olde Walkerville Theatre. So that’s very exciting. Our set construction will begin soon, the costumes are nearly ready, we’ve got our Juniors back after their winter break and are incorporating them into the show, and things are ticking along there!  Posters are being picked up today so you’ll begin to see them around the city and county this weekend!

Tickets for Seussical are available through Eventbrite and at the The Olde Walkerville Theatre itself (as of next week). They will also be available at the box office one hour before each performance, or from any of your cast members. Lots of options to buy tickets!

In other news, we are looking for a sponsor to help us with an alternative storage plan – we will be letting one of our rented storage units go, and purchasing a large shed in which to house our larger set pieces, props and lumber.
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In the long run, this will represent savings for us. In the short term, it’s a $2000 expense. Riverfront would be very keen to secure someone willing to help cover or assist with that purchase, which we will be making this month. Charitable tax receipts are issued to our sponsors. Please contact us (Riverfronttheatrecompany@gmail.com) if you would like to help RTC with this purchase, or sponsor us in any way! Donation buttons are also available here at our website and on our Facebook page if you would like to make individual, rather than corporate, donations.

Finally – although we aren’t quite ready for a public announcement of our plan yet, we have decided on our productions for next season. That announcement – and it’s a pretty exciting set of shows, we think – will be coming very soon, so stay tuned!