River Theater Company (RTC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community theater group that offers theater opportunities in production and education to communities in southwestern New Hampshire and southeastern Vermont. Founded in 2004, RTC offers numerous productions, classes and workshops to youth and adults, from original works to Shakespeare.
River Theater Company’s mission is to inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, and educate all who participate in our theatrical productions, both on the stage and in the audience. River Theater Company will create opportunities for community participation in enriching theatrical experiences by presenting quality family entertainment while creating opportunities for children and adults to develop talents in all aspects of theater arts. Our focus is on youth, inclusion and quality, giving the public a well-balanced theatrical season, and striving to acquire excellence. The ultimate goal is to make Sullivan County a more conscious and compassionate community.
RTC produces a variety of plays, an annual murder mystery dinner theater, family productions, and staged readings. In October 2012, the upstairs theater at the Charlestown Town Hall was reopened for the first time in over 40 years with RTC’s production of Thornton Wilder’s American classic Our Town. One audience member wrote to us “I saw your production of Our Town, in Charlestown, recently. It was the second best play that I have seen in my many 64 years of attending play productions, from Vermont to New York City. I was in tears and also filled with joy, as I left that remarkable theatre. Thank you, to all.”
In the past few years, RTC has presented productions of The Crucible (at Charlestown’s Fort Number 4), The Odd Couple, On Golden Pond (performed at the pavilion on Vilas Pond in Alstead), the children’s classics Charlotte’s Web, Peter Pan and Charlie and the Chocolate Facotry, Arabian Nights, William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Oliver!
Upcoming productions for 2017 include You Can’t Take it With You.
RTC’s primary funding sources include money raised from ticket sales, concession sales, and donations from individuals and area businesses. In the past, RTC has received grants from the Claremont Savings Bank , the NH Electric Cooperation and Kohl’s in Lebanon, NH. We also rely on the volunteer work of our board members, directors and actors.
We hope you will help us as we continue to bring quality live theater entertainment to the Sullivan County area.