Cultural Preview: Riverside Theatre

Since 1973, the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach (772-231-6990) has proven great theater extends north of Palm Beach County. Catering to an affluent seasonal crowd accustomed to high-quality art, Riverside produces in-house shows that pull talent locally and from New York.

   “We’re not out trying to promote any kind of message,” says Managing Director Jon Moses. “We’re simply promoting the best possible produced professional theater.”

Riverside Theatre - 2015-16 Season Preview

   With the guidance of Producing Artistic Director Allen D. Cornell, Riverside will present four musicals and three plays spread across its two stages this season.  

   The Stark Stage is Riverside’s answer to the theatrical offerings of Times Square. “It’s truly a small, Broadway-size space, just at 700 seats, and it’s intimate but it gives you that big Broadway musical feel,” Moses says. The Stark Stage will feature all of this season’s musicals, which include Swinging on a Star (to November 15), A Chorus Line (January 5-24), Hello, Dolly! (March 8-27), and Sister Act (April 12 to May 1), and one play, Joe DiPietro’s Over the River and Through the Woods (February 2-21).

Riverside Theatre - 2015-16 Season Preview

   The 125-seat Waxlax Stage is Riverside’s black box. (“It’s actually more of a gray box,” Moses jokes.) It will house the other two plays, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (February 16-28) and Freud’s Last Session (March 22 to April 3).

   By utilizing both stages, Riverside is able to showcase a variety of theatrical works and please the widest audience—to include Palm Beachers. As Moses notes, “you’re not too far away to come check it out.”

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