Riverside Children’s Theatre announces summer shows

Peter and the Starcatcher


Willy Wonka Jr.

Riverside Theatre’s Education Division will present five shows this summer that will delight and entertain the whole family. The months of June, July and August will feature some of the most talented young actors, singers, and dancers in the area as they perform a live production of a animated film, explore current popular songs, mount a current Broadway hit, and dance with a professional dance company.

“Based on the enormous success of last year’s programming, we are pleased to again present a variety of shows that will challenge and showcase our incredibly talented students,” says Kevin Quillinan, Director of Theatre Education. “These shows will not only be tremendously captivating, but they will also allow our young performers to further their creativity, imagination, and love of theatre.

“Continuing our work with the professional staff at Riverside this summer, we will give all our young actors the opportunity of performing on the Stark Stage, Riverside’s main performance space. This will give the kids an experience they won’t soon forget.”

The shows are:

Madagascar JR.

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.  Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Madagascar JR. starring children aged 12 to 18 takes place: June 15 @ 2pm & 7pm, June 16 @ 2pm & 5:30pm

Madagascar JR. starring children aged 7 to 11 takes place: June 29 @ 2pm & 7pm, June 30 @ 2pm & 5:30pm

Tickets: $10, All performances take place on the Stark Stage @ Riverside Theatre

iRascals Pop

Rascals Revue opens up our emerging stars with this revue starring young performers and featuring kid friendly songs from the pop charts. July 13 @ 2pm & 7pm, Tickets: $10, Performances take place on the Stark Stage @ Riverside Theatre

Once On This Island

With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love. July 20 @ 2pm & 7pm, July 21 @ 2pm & 5:30pm, Tickets: $10

Performances take place on the Stark Stage @ Riverside Theatre

iRascals Broadway

Rascals Revue showcases our stars with this revue starring young performers and featuring hits from various Broadway shows.  July 27 @ 2pm & 7pm, Tickets: $10, Performances take place on the Stark Stage @ Riverside Theatre

Riverside Dance Festival Showcase

Now in its seventh year, the Riverside Dance Festival is a unique experience in intensive, two-week Summer study where accepted students have the opportunity to take daily technique classes with Riverside Theatre dance faculty and professional dancers. This year’s professional troupe is CORE Dance from Atlanta. A mixed repertory concert will culminate the festival where students will perform original works and dance alongside CORE members. August 4 @ 2pm, Tickets: $10, Performance takes place on the Stark Stage @ Riverside Theatre

For more information on these productions, summer camps, or the full slate of fall classes in the Education building, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com.

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963. Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.


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