Riverside Children’s Theatre is proud to announce their 58th Season.

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“The classic tale of an aging toy maker and his beloved wooden puppet is given a touching finish in this Disney gem”

Music and Lyrics By Stephen Schwartz
Book By David Stern

In Disney’s MY SON PINOCCHIO, the classic tale of toymaker Geppetto’s little wooden puppet is given new life. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features the beloved classic songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz, tackling timely issues about what it means to be “the perfect child” – and what it means to be “a real father.”

Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toy shop to discover the meaning of family. When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto’s wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, the new father quickly learns that being a parent is full of challenges. He struggles to make his son “the perfect boy” only to lose him to a gang of Roustabouts. It is only when faced the thought of never seeing Pinocchio again that Geppetto truly learns the joys of being a father and loving your child unconditionally.


“Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life”

Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Adapted for the Stage by Timothy Allen McDonald and Leslie Bricusse
Based on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (JEKYLL & HYDE, DOCTOR DOLITTLE) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Dahl’s story follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory–or suffer the consequences.

All shows are held at
Ramona High School – 7675 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504

Tickets will be available for advance purchase ($12 per ticket) through any RCT family or any of the following locations; Alin Party Supply, RIverside; Wendy Monrroy on Main, Riverside; and Capezio at Tyler, Riverside.

Purchase through paypal is available (Please keep your receipt. This is your ticket).

Tickets are $15 at the door on performance day.
ASL interpreted for selected shows.

It’s going to be Grassy, Gassy, and Green at RCT


Riverside Children’s Theatre, in conjunction with Musical Theatre International, presents Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all. Join RCT and its fantastic cast as it journeys to a land far away on March 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7pm and 22 & 29 at 1pm at Ramona High School 7675 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504.

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and book by William Steig, music by Jeanine Tesori, and book & lyrics by David LIndsay-Abaire, Shrek the Musical features a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, a live orchestra, big laughs, great dancing, and breathtaking costumes and scenery.

Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage.
 In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get complicated when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t be quiet, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.
Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek! Shrek and his friends bring to us a beautiful message of tolerance and acceptance. No matter what we look like and how weird we are, we are BEAUTIFUL! Bring your beautiful weirdness and let your Freak Flags wave proudly!

The cast is led by a dynamic trio of directors, helmed by ITL award winning performer and director and RCT alumni Michael Eastman. Music direction is led by Boston Conservatory graduate and RCT alumi Anna Hightower. Choreography is by Jennifer Sundell, an award winning performer and musical theatre graduate of the University of Redlands. The production is produced under the guidance of Producer Maraveena Tanielu, Set Design by David Carty, Lighting by Ron Milts, Sound Design by Dorie Couture and Costume Design by Maria Hong.

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  • Tickets are available for advance purchase ($10 per ticket) through any RCT family or any of the following locations; Alin Party Supply, RIverside; Wendy Monrroy on Main, Riverside; and Capezio at Tyler, Riverside. Purchase through paypal below. Tickets are $12 at the door on performance day.
  • ASL interpreted for both shows on March 22
  • For a sneak peak, come see the cast perform selected numbers at the Galleria Mall, Riverside on March 15.


All shows are at  Ramona High Theater in Riverside:

RCT Seeking Drama, Dance and Music Teachers

2900 Adams Street Suite B4 Riverside, CA 92504-4376

Riverside Children’s Theatre a non-profit organization is seeking certified teachers, and/or individuals with theatre experience- Must be 18 years or older to be considered.

Now accepting applications for drama, dance & music teachers for our Saturday School program for the 2014-2015 school year (starting August 2014- March 2015).

Positions include K thru 8th grade theatre and a 9th grade Technical class. All of the positions are Part time (4 hours a week). If you are interested in teaching Drama, Dance or Music, please send your applications to satskol@riversidechildrenstheatre.org

Applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter including contact information
  • Resume
  • Sample lesson plan

All complete applications must be submitted by January 31, 2013 incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews will take place in February, 2014.

Compensation and expectations will be discussed in the interview process.