Hello and Happy New Year!

It is my sincere hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. The year ahead offers the continued challenge of last years health and economic issues. Riverfront Playhouse completed construction/remodeling early last year only to be restricted from opening to the public due to the health risks. We are making the adjustment from live theatre to virtual productions for now. It is expected we will be in this new format for the 2021-2022 season.

We recently held elections for our 2021 board members and it was a bittersweet day. Longtime board members, Mary Forbes, Larry Jackson, Sherron Jackson and Lloyd Arnett will be leaving us as regular board members. However, we are pleased that they will remain as advisers and will join Carol Robeson as emeritus board members.

Five new enthusiastic people have joined our board, Tara Faires, Louis Hudson, Andy Main, Larry Morgon and Tom Kirschman. We're excited to hear their ideas and suggestions for moving Riverfront to the next "stage." 😊 The board officers include Steve Main who will be co-vice president for another year, Larry Morgon will take Carol Robeson's place as co-vice president and Ronda Alvey is now the secretary. I will serve as president for another year.

Our first virtual production, 'Tis the Season, a Christmas Show, offered a variety of song and dance numbers highlighting the holiday season. A special thanks to Stephanie and Louis Hudson for producing and directing the show. Another big thank you goes to Forrest Spade for the many in-kind hours he put into editing the show so that it could be streamed. And of course, thanks to all who purchased tickets and those who donated. We truly value all of you. Thank you so much!

Darryll Alvey
Board President
'Tis the Season - That's a Wrap!
We want to send a very special thank you to the cast and crew of our holiday show - 'Tis the Season. When we started this project, we knew that we were facing a compact timeframe, new experiences with virtual streaming, and COVID protocols. We asked a lot of the cast and crew, and they delivered more than we ever expected. 
Many do not know how much time goes into putting on a show for our community. Typically, the timeframe from initial decision to produce a show to having that show on stage can be 6 months to a year. For 'Tis the Season, this timeframe was a meager eight weeks. Our gratitude to our volunteers who sacrificed many hours of their time to ensure a finished product in time for the holiday season is overwhelming.
Providing another hurdle for us was the unknown virtual world we are forced to work with now that live theater is on hold. Cameras, editing, and streaming were all new fields for us. Thank you to those special volunteers who stepped up to our call for help and guided us through this new method of sharing our art with the community.
COVID has changed the way we all live our lives now. Our cast and crew are dedicated to their art and want to bring that art to our community. We enacted special protocols so that we could keep each person safe and still bring you a holiday special. Thank you cast and crew for following all the protocols.
Again, a very heartfelt thank you to all those who helped bring 'Tis the Season to our community and made our holiday season a little more enjoyable this past year.
End of an Era
Lloyd Arnett
Larry and Sherron Jackson
Carol Robeson and
Mary Forbes
What do you say to people who have made the decision to step down from a board of directors position that they've been part of for more than three decades? Lloyd Arnett, Larry and Sherron Jackson, Carol Robeson and Mary Forbes have been senior leaders of the Riverfront Board of Directors for many years, Lloyd and Carol are actually founders of the theatre. They have all been part of creating a legacy that will last as long as there is a Riverfront Playhouse. They will all now hold the title of emeritus board member and can choose to come to board meetings when they want, but are not required to be there. And you can bet the current board will be asking for advice and direction as we move forward. We will be planning a party to honor them properly when we are able to gather. But for now, we want to say a heartfelt thank you for all they have done as board members. volunteers, friends and Riverfront Playhouse supporters.
Coming Soon
Songs for a New World
It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.
It would take days to list all of those who have given their time, money and in-kind services to Riverfront Playhouse. We are so grateful for all who have helped through the years and most recently with the theatre on California Street. We'd love to show you in person all of the work and upgrades that have been done to make Riverfront so awesome, but until we're able to do that, we'll share some of the recent in-kind work that has been donated by these generous individuals and businesses.
Thanks to Kirkwood and Donna Hale of Plantable Nursery & Cafe, our soon to be new neighbors across the street from the theatre. They donated additional plants for the front of the theatre and helped plant them as well. Check out their website and keep an eye on their vacant lot as it begins to take shape.
Jim Stoll and Sheila Hurst from Redding West Rotary came by the theatre last month to place the plaque highlighting their contribution to the landscaping at the theatre. Jim noticed after it was set that the rock looked like an arrow pointing to the door. He put all the work into selecting the rock at the quarry and having the plaque made, then securing it to the rock. At the bottom of the plaque it says, "Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show."
Pictured - Jim Stoll and Riverfront
board member Karen Taylor
If you've been to our new theatre, you may have noticed the huge pine trees at the entrance. Some of the trees needed a little TLC but there was one that needed to come down. Chad Von Berg came to the rescue with his tree trimming expertise and was able to take out the tree for us at no charge. Lucky for us, his mother-in-law is board member Pam Carney. She told him about the tree and he was there ready to help. Thank you, Chad!
Thank you to all who participated in Giving Tuesday!
We're happy to report that we exceeded our total donations and dollars raised from last year and were fortunate to win a prize of $1000 for most unique/individual donors in the 1pm time slot, sponsored by Community Foundation of the North state, plus $165.80 for 3 power hour totals for a grand total of $7891.32. This helps us so much! Thank you to all who were able to give. We appreciate you!
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Name a Seat and Buy a Brick opportunities are still available
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