Riverside Children’s Theatre, a non-profit organization, is the leading children’s theater in Riverside County with an award-winning performing arts school and performance troupe. RCT has won awards from the Inland Theater League and the Press Enterprise (most recently – 2009 Theater of the Year Award). For 57 years, RCT has introduced thousands of children from Riverside and surrounding communities to the magical world of theater. Through participation in drama instruction and performance opportunities both on and off the stage, RCT is instilling a life-long love of the performing arts in the hearts of our youth. RCT is open for enrollment for all children in grades K through 8, with opportunities for students in grades 9 and up to participate in our Tech class where they will learn production, make-up, and stage crew skills.
Saturday School is the mandatory activity of the RCT program. Classes meet most Saturdays (typically 18 class days from late August through March/April) from 8:50 a.m. to noon, at Sierra Middle School in Riverside. Students receive two hours of instruction in acting/drama, thirty minutes of dance, and thirty minutes of vocal music by experienced and qualified teachers every class day.
Annual tuition for Saturday School is currently $400.00 for the first child, $375.00 for the second child, and $350.00 for each subsequent child. The Tech class is $250.00 per year. Tuition is due by the end of October for new families, and by the end of August for returning families.
RCT presents two musical productions each year, which are usually held in the fall and the spring. Participation in these productions is optional and is limited to students currently enrolled in RCT Saturday School. All children who choose to audition will receive a part in the production. The three hired directors for each production, who are not parents of current members, decide the roles based on auditions, grade level, ability, and various other factors. After casting, students may be required to rehearse as much as two hours every weeknight (depending on production and role) during the six-week rehearsal period prior to opening night. Production family parents will also be assigned supervision duties throughout the rehearsal and performance period.
Families whose children participate in a production will be required to sell thirty-five $12 tickets per production (or 30 tickets & $50 in program ads). There will also be an audition fee of $35 for the first child, $15 for the second child, and $10 for subsequent children. In addition, you will be responsible for the costs associated with making your child’s costume(s).
Families whose children are not involved in the production are required to sell ten tickets per production.
RCT is an all-volunteer organization that requires well-dedicated parents to run all aspects of the organization. RCT has many committees set up to aid in the running of Saturday School and our two annual productions. Some of these include set building, designing costumes, selling ads for our programs, operating the concession stand during Saturday School, and working in the make-up room or in the gift boutique during productions. Parents are required to sign up and work for 18 hours per year, per family.
You can place your child on the RCT waiting list by visiting either the Membership table in the theater’s lobby during our fall and spring productions, or the Membership table located at the Tyler Galleria during our “Sneak Peek” performances. We do not currently offer sign-ups online. Please check our website in August 2014 for the latest information regarding dates and times for upcoming productions and Tyler Galleria Sneak Peeks. The next Membership waiting list sign-ups will be offered at:
- RCT’s Sneak Peek at the Tyler Galleria in fall 2014 (date TBD), and
- RCT’s fall 2014 production (dates TBD) at Ramona High School
Your child will most likely be placed on a waiting list. The wait time will vary depending on the child’s gender and the number of children already on the list for his or her particular grade. Class sizes are limited, and an equal ratio of boys and girls is maintained at each grade level. Thus, enrollment sometimes takes two or more years for a boy, and three or more years for a girl. Children can only be signed up by a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian, and can be placed on the waiting list as early as birth.After your child is placed on the waiting list, you can check his or her status by:
- Visiting the Membership table during any RCT production
- Sending a request through our website at: www.riversidechildrenstheatre.org
- Contacting us by mail at: RCT, 2900 Adams Street, Suite B4, Riverside, CA 92504
If your contact information changes after signing up, please update it through the website, via an e-mail to me, or at the Membership table during a production. Once a space for your child becomes available, you will be contacted to confirm your continued interest and invited to attend an orientation. If after multiple attempts we are unable to contact you, your child may be dropped from the waiting list.
I look forward to seeing you at the Membership table! Please feel free to contact me for any further questions you may have. Again, thank you for your interest in Riverside Children’s Theatre.
Riverside Children’s Theatre