Performance Riverside Plays for '09-'10 Season

posted Jul 30, 2009, 10:04 AM by Trish Welham

Mr. Abernathy at Performance Riverside has asked me to get a preliminary count for those that might be interested in this year’s shows. The economy slump has hit them like everyone else. So, we’re trying something different this year. It will be very helpful to him (to help keep the program going) if you would take a few minutes to do this. Thank you.

Right now I am just collecting interest but no money. Then in September I will contact you again for the money. You will pay once for all the shows you want to book for the year. But this gives you a couple months to think about where the money is coming from. Those that use Charter schools will probably find it easier to book through the charter school so that they will pick up the tab. I believe you can still sit with our group if you want.

Anyone is welcome to book through this group but I will need cash or a check in September.  OK, so here’s the scoop.

It’s that time again – time to set your calendars for this year’s offerings at Performance Riverside – located in Landis Auditorium at Riverside City College (Riverside). These plays are usually very well done, sometimes with Broadway sets even. And the price savings is phenomenal. The $8 daytime shows go for about $28 or more during the regular performances. Note that one of this year's plays will actually be out at March Air Force Base.

At the end of this post you will see all of this year’s offerings. Below is a list of all the steps that you will follow in September (just to give you a head’s up). Right now we are only doing steps 1 and 2.

1) Decide what plays you want to see. Please note that all seatings are first come, first served, so you will always be asked to be at the theatre at least ½ hour before any given show time. In addition, you need to leave at least 10-15 minutes for parking and walking to the theatre. In addition, be aware that children under 4 are not allowed in the theatre (though we have been successful getting “cling-ons” in if you sit near the back in case the infant starts crying). The guidelines for what grades the play is good for are just that – guidelines. The only age restriction is the one mentioned.

2) Email me (Sandi at with your selections. For those shows with multiple dates and/or times, you must let me know which specific date and time that you want.

3) I will email you back with payment information. I will need to have all money in hand (for all shows) by September 18 (the date of the first show). There are no refunds of these moneys. However, usually if a problem comes up and there is a different showing you can attend you will be allowed to attend that one.

4) I will also ask you to sign up for a yahoo group from which reminder notices will go out automatically (those that are signed up from last year will not need to do so again). This means everyone will get every notice but each notice will have a specific list of paid attendees. Chuck Abernathy from Performance Riverside will also be a member of this group and will be able to let people know if there are extra seats available for purchase at the door or not. Sometimes there are and sometimes there are not.

5) I’m also looking for people who are willing to be responsible for gathering attendees at each show. They are used to school groups so like for us all to enter as a single group. Sadly, I can’t attend many of the shows anymore so cannot do it myself.

6) Finally, before each performance you will receive a reminder notice giving parking information, who to look for in line, etc. You’ll know that you have it all set up and don’t have to worry about a thing. Just show up and enjoy!

Hoping to hear from many of you,


September 18, 2009 10am Only $8 per ticket

The comedy of Shakespeare and the music of Elvis rock the 1950's in All Shook Up! We will have you revved up and rockin' right out of your blue suede shoes! In a roadside honky-tonk, a surprise visit from a mysterious, leather-jacketed stranger will lead a small town to discover the freedom of dance, the magic of romance, and the power of rock and roll. You'll swivel your hips to "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender", "Don't Be Cruel", and much more. You "Can't Help Falling In Love" with All Shook Up!

Grades 4 and up Two hours

November 13, 2009 10am Only $8 per ticket!

One of America's most heroic historical figures, meet Molly Brown, whose feisty determination to rise out of poverty leads her from the backwoods of Hannibal, Missouri, to the palaces of Europe. Along the way, she marries Leadville Johnny Brown, enters the highest echelons of Monte Carlo society, survives the sinking of the Titanic as a hero, and, most importantly to her, finally earns the approval she so desperately seeks of those "Beautiful People of Denver."

Grades 3 and up Two hours and 15 minutes

World Dance Concert

December 10 and 11, 2009 9:30 and 11am Only $5 per ticket!

Join us for our first-ever celebration of holiday dance traditions from around the world! This showcase is culturally diverse, easily accessible, full of holiday music and a wonderful way to introduce your students to the universal joy of dance!

Grades K and up One Hour

January 22 and 29, 2010 10am Only $8 per ticket!

Come see Hollywood's greatest musical LIVE onstage! Don Lockwood and Lina Lamount are the toast of Hollywood's Silent era of the 1920s, but, Lina has been cursed with a terrible, grating voice. When she and Don star in their first talking movie, Don and the studio execs secretly have up-and-coming actress, Kathy, provide a voice for Lina. Don and Kathy fall in love and the film is a hit, but Lina is furious! This adaptation of the classic MGM Gene Kelly film is a loving and light-hearted valentine to Hollywood's Golden age, featuring "You Are My Lucky Star", "You Were Meant for Me", "Good Morning", and "Make'em Laugh".

Grades 3 and up Two hours

Based on the classic book by Gene Zion with illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham
Performed by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre
February 4 and 5, 2010 9:30 and 11am Only $5 per ticket!

Harry has everything a little white dog with black spots could want. There's just one problem: he hates taking baths. He hates them so much, in fact, that one morning he runs away. After a wonderful day spent playing in the dirt, Harry gets so grubby that he turns into a little black dog with white spots.and returns home to find that his family doesn't recognize him! ArtsPower's new musical, based on the classic book, captures both the whimsical humor and touching dedication to family found in Harry's story.

For Grades K-3 One Hour

Performed at Historic March Air Filed Museum Admission Includes Tour of the Museum!
February 24, 25, and 26, 2010 9:30 am Only $8 per ticket!

Explore one of America's most exciting eras as the country reaches for the moon in this compelling, dramatic multi-media performance which includes over 100 NASA photographs and original broadcasts from space.

For grades 3 and up Performance and tour - Two hours

Based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall
Performed by the California Theatre Center
March 4, 2010 9:30 and 11am Only $5 per ticket! March 5, 2010 9:45 and 11:50am Only $5 per ticket!

Be charmed by this lively musical comedy about a clever teacher who masquerades as the infamous Viola Swamp, a nasty substitute, in order to teach her class just what a good and fair teacher she is! A smash hit back by popular demand!

For grades K-5 One hour

by Gilbert and Sullivan
April 23 and 30, 2010 10am Only $8 per ticket!

Hilarious, swashbuckling pirate adventure and the glory of Gilbert and Sullivan make The Pirates of Penzance a treasure of the musical stage! Frederick, son of a wealthy 19th century man was to be apprenticed to a pilot, yet due to a hard-of-hearing nursery maid, was instead apprenticed to the bold, bombastic Pirate King! His love for sweet, innocent Mabel and his devotion to his pirate family leave this poor "Slave of Duty" split right down the middle! Great fun, sidesplitting laughs, and bombastic vocal performances have made this a favorite of audiences worldwide for over 125 years!

Grades 3 and up Two hours

Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA
June 11, 2010 10am Only $8 per ticket!

Disney first produced this lavish epic of ancient Egypt, a classic tale of forbidden love told as only pop music legend Elton John and Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) can. Aida, a wise and beautiful Nubian princess, is captured by the mighty, passionate Egyptian captain Radames, who falls in love with her. Yet he can only be with her if he gives her as a handmaiden to the princess he must marry. Giuseppe Verdi's masterwork is boldly reincarnated into a new extravagant feast for all the senses.

Grades 4 and up Two Hours