Riverside Theatre and Education Foundation plan Aug. 4 back to school party


The Education Foundation of Indian River County in partnership with Riverside Theatre will present a FREE, fun-filled family event, RT Star’s Back To School Party, on Saturday, August 4th from 10am to 2pm at Riverside Theatre followed by a performance by students of the Riverside Dance Festival.

We invite families of all ages to learn about the educational opportunities offered at Riverside Theatre and by the local school communities.  In addition, there will be a wide showcase of student services and resources to help every child start off the year with confidence!

With hands-on activities, live performances, face painting, a bounce house, and entertaining contests, this community-wide event will also feature back to school information from Administrators and Directors from the School District of Indian River County.

This year the Transportation Department will offer mini-bus rides to provide students and parents an orientation.  Bus route schedules will also be available.  The Student Services Department will offer vision screenings, as well as, mind-body wellness program information. The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program will share information on Kindergarten readiness. Plus, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Indian River County will be bringing their SWAT team (Students Working Against Tobacco) to the event with information and interactive games.

“This is the 3rd year the Education Foundation has partnered with Riverside Theatre,” says Cynthia Falardeau, Executive Director of The Education Foundation of IRC.  “This is such a great event!  It brings the community together in the spirit of supporting students and teachers.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!”

Dr. Mark Rendell, Superintendent of Schools, shared, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of a new year than with a Back to School Party!  We are so grateful for the partnership with Riverside Theatre, the Education Foundation of Indian River County, and the other agencies involved in this event.  This is a celebration for students, families, and educators!  We hope that everyone that attends has a wonderful time and is excited about the first day of school.”

Along with live performances from students of Riverside Theatre and professional entertainment from performers of the Riverside Theatre for Kids Touring Program, the day will include interactive contests on building a lunch box and getting dressed for school.

This year, School Teachers will be honored with an expo and hot breakfast starting at 8:30am followed by a preview of two touring productions from the touring troupe.

A variety of food and beverages will be available for sale throughout the day.

The day’s schedule is as follows*:

For Teachers Only:

8:30am – Teacher Breakfast

9:15am – Welcomes and Drawings

9:30am – Tour Show presentation (on the Stark Stage)

11:45am – Tour Show presentation (on the Stark Stage)

For the Public:

10:00am – DJ Dance Party

10:15am – Rascals performance (on the Anne Morton Stage)

11:00am – Grand Welcome performance and contests

12:00pm – DJ Dance Party and contests

1:00pm – Live performances (on the Outdoor Stage)

2:00pm – Riverside Dance Festival performance on the Stark Stage featuring

professional dance troupe, CORE Dance Atlanta.


*Schedule subject to change.

RT Star’s Back To School Party is FREE and takes place on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Riverside Theatre. For more information, 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

The Education Foundation

The Education Foundation of Indian River County funds school programs and services that support opportunities for students to achieve academic success Pre-K through 12th.  During the 2017-2018 school year, the EF-IRC infused over $600,000 in program services and awarded over $1,000,000 in college scholarships and academic awards at the Indian River Regional Science & Engineering Fair.

Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre is America’s largest professional theatre in a small town. Originally built in 1973 on a 54-acre tract of land designated by the city of Vero Beach as a cultural park, Riverside Theatre was erected with funds solely raised from private donations. For the first few years of its existence, it served primarily as a venue for local theatre groups, traveling productions, and celebrity performances. Seven years later, education and programming for children with Riverside Children’s Theatre was added. The most pivotal moment in the history of the Theatre, however, took place in 1983 when the Theatre’s Board hired Allen D. Cornell as Artistic Director and set in motion a plan to make Riverside a producing professional theatre. Riverside Theatre produces Broadway musicals, contemporary plays, and children’s theatre on three stages. Riverside Theatre serves Florida’s entire Treasure and Space Coast with over 100,000 patrons and students using the facilities annually.

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