A newsletter to keep you informed about what's "up with arts."

Letter from the BOD President:
All members and friends,

The month of July was a busy one for us!  We just wrapped up our 29th annual Summer Drama Workshop program.  All of the programs did a wonderful job with their shows. 

August looks like another busy month for the organization!  The River's Edge Players continue to prepare for our production of "Disney's The Little Mermaid"!  The show will take place August 11, 12, and 13.  We are offering a character brunch prior to the matinee show on August 13.  See below for all of the details including ticket information.  

We are also kicking off our 3 week Fun Family Nights events staring this Wednesday in Marlborough.  These are free festivals that are open to the public.  Festival details are below.

Our last Art in the Hall event of the season is currently hanging in Hudson Town Hall.  We will be sharing our schedule of shows for the next year shortly.

August is the beginning of our official Fiscal Year.  Programs like River's Edge School of Music and the River's Edge Chorale will be returning this fall.  We are expanding the River's Edge Players program with "Theater for Children" and a "One Act Play festival" this coming winter.   

I am also excited to announce that we have hired Debra Vanderwerf as Interim Chief Administrative Officer.  For more information on Deb and the position, please read on below.  

As we go into our new fiscal year, we are also continuing our membership drive in August.  If you are a former member of our organization, we ask that you consider renewing your membership this summer!  Your membership goes directly toward supporting our organization.

If you have any questions, please drop us an e-mail at:

Warm Regards,
Lisa Schliker
REAA BOD President

Program Updates

Congratulations to all of the participants on your amazing accomplishments this summer!  We hope you'll be back next year for our 30th season!

A big thanks to all of our 2017 Summer Drama Workshop staff members for all of their hard work over the past few months:

Program Director - Ryan DeFoe
Technical Director - David Farrah

Youth Theater Staff (7 - 10 Grade):
Director - Sarah Worrest;  Music Director - Laura Frye; Choreographer - Ryann Greenberg; Assistants - Alicia Sagastume and Ali Maynard
Children's Theater Staff (4 - 6 Grade):
Director - Kate Jones; Music Director - David Burleigh; Assistants - Maya Levine and Katie Moran
Little Theater Staff (1 - 3 Grade):
LT I Director - Cindy Bell; LTII Director - Alecia Thomas; Assistant - Violet Woundy

 Be watching for our show announcements for 2018 by February 2018!

  River's Edge Players  
Just added - Character Brunch!
Make your child's Disney fantasies come true as they share a special brunch with Ariel, Prince Eric, and Ursula prior to the show on August 13! Brunch tickets are $10 for children under 18 and $5 for adults, and can be reserved online while ordering tickets. Included in the ticket price is a photo opportunity with the characters, a light brunch, and special priority seating!  The brunch will start at 11:30am.


Art in the Hall

Solo Exhibit Opportunities

Now showing at  Cafe 641!

Our Summer Membership drive continues - Join us today!

The REAA is a non-profit organization with a mission to "enrich lives and create community through the arts".  
M embership fees help support the REAA and all of our programs.

Your membership fees help us:
  • Keep our ticket and tuition prices down
  • Employ local artists, directors, instrumental, choral, visual arts or theater staff
  • Provide after school arts programs for students
  • Invite local artists to participate in our visual arts exhibits
  • Help defray the costs for producing quality theater programs.  These costs can include: expensive royalties and licensing fees, rent or purchase costumes and props, purchase paint, lumber, tools, and fabric to work on our sets
  • Stay up-to-date with basic office supplies like paper, printer cartridges, etc.
  • Pay other costs that are associated with running a non-profit including insurance, rent, staff payroll, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and much more...
All members receive:
  • Membership card which can be used for discounts at many participating businesses. 
  • Reduced ticket prices to River's Edge Arts Alliance performances (excludes fundraising events)
  • Reduced participation fees for programs including Art in the Hall, River's Edge School of Music, and River's Edge Choral
  • E-newsletter featuring upcoming River's Edge Arts Alliance activities
  • Invitations to FREE exclusive Members Only Events
  • Personal satisfaction that comes from supporting the arts in your local area!
Personal Membership ($50/year)
  • Tuition discounts for programs, classes and workshops
Business Memberships ($75/year)
  • Two complementary tickets to an event
  • Free Listing on our website
Arts Organization / Non-Profit Memberships ($60/year)
  • FREE arts and culture calendar listing in our newsletter
  • Discount registration fees for festivals
  • Free Listing on our website
For more information on what our membership offers, please visit our webpage:
You can also renew your membership right on the site!  

Questions? Please e-mail:

THANK YOU to those of you who recently joined or renewed your membership.  We could not run this organization without your financial support!

River's Edge Arts Alliance Board and Staff updates

2017 - 2018 Board of Directors
Lisa Schliker- President
Kevin Santos - Treasurer
Ellen King - Secretary
Karen Bishop
Maria Davis

The board would like to thank outgoing BOD member Jennifer Stacy for her years of service on the board.  You will be missed!
Interim Chief Administrative Officer - Debra Vanderwerf

We are excited to announce that we have hired Debra Vanderwerf as our Interim Chief Administrative Officer.  Debra is a resident of Harvard, MA and has a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector. 

Over the next few months, Debra will be supporting the organization on a part time basis.  She will be working closely with the Board to find ways to continue to support and grow the organization.  Deb has agreed to the position on an interim basis while the board continues to asses the staffing needs of the organization.
River's Edge Arts Alliance Classifieds

Seeking candidates to join our
Board of Directors

Help us keep this organization running...  We are looking to grow our board.  I encourage parents of our SDW and RESOM program, participants in our programs, and members of the community to consider joining our board.  If you are passionate about the arts and want to help make a difference in the community, a BOD position is for you! 

As a board member, you will be expected to attend our monthly meetings, attend some of our programs, and provide support throughout your term.  Our current board has a variety of experience in the arts, education, business and more... 

There is NO financial commitment to join our board, just a love of the arts and a passion to make the organization even stronger!  Please e-mail us at: for an application or for more information.
Volunteers needed

Over the next few months we will be looking for volunteers to help support our programs.  Volunteer opportunities include office support (filing, mailing, etc...), concert support (handing out programs, set-up, etc...) and front of house support for our REP musical.  
If you would like to be added to our volunteer database, please send your name and e-mail to the office at: 
Below is a listing of August events sponsored by REAA members:

Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce
16th Annual Harvest Golf Classic - Monday, September 18th, 2017
For more information, please visit the Chamber website:

Hudson Public Library events:
Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00 pm - Cooking with Chocolate with Liz Barbour

Thursday, August 24th at 7pm - 3-D Multimedia Sculpture: 
Join artist and teacher Theresa Monteith to learn more about 3-D sculpturing.  This is a "hands-on" program! 

Thursday, August 24th at 7pm - Home Buying 101: Join mortgage expert Alec Butler and and realtor Deb Rouleau to discuss the home buying process. 

Rhythms of Reflection 
This is an exhibit featuring REAA member and photographer Linda DeStefano Brown.
Linda's photography will be on display along with Collage and Artist Books by Gail Coito.  This exhibit takes place between August 22 through September 30 at 6 Bridges Gallery in Maynard, MA.  For more information, please visit the gallery's website at:

Want to include your event or announcement here?  Become an REAA member today!  Click here to join: Link to online membership form

If you are a current member of the REAA, we will post your events in future newsletters.  Submissions for our September newsletter are due Friday, August 25.