Eileen McCoy: Director of Parks & Recreation
Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 4:30pm, Fridays 7:30am – 4:00pm
“Theatre in the Park”
Riverside Players provides a very unique and entertaining outdoor theater experience to participants and audiences. A combination of municipal sponsorship, community involvement and scenic environment sets the Riverside Players apart from any other community theater in Wisconsin. Riverside Players “Theatre in the Park” began back in 1955.
Productions include a five-night run of a play in late June and a nine-night run of a musical in late July or early August. Sunday Shows are at 7:00PM, all other shows are at 8:00PM. Click here for tickets.
Click here for information on open auditions for this years productions.
Auditions are held in March or April of each year with dates, times and locations announced in arts organization literature and through the local media. Several paid staff positions are available including directors (artistic, musical, vocal, technical), choreographer, orchestra members, and costumers. Volunteer positions are also available. Interested individuals can click on the ‘Volunteer Opportunities’ in the quick links listing on the left side of this page.
Ways to give to your Community Theatre
|What You Need to Know When Coming to “Theatre in the Park”|
|Park Address:||500 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah 54956|
|Times:||Wednesday through Saturday shows are at 8:00p, Sunday shows are at 7:00p|
|The Theatre:||Riverside Players’ stage is located in an outdoor park shelter. There is a roof, but the sides are exposed. Custom-made netting covers the sides to limit bugs (it works very well).|
|Dress:||Casual and for the weather.|
|Seating:||All seating is reserved (padded chairs on chair risers).|
|Parking:||Give yourself extra time for parking. Parking is allowed on North Park Ave. and on Wisconsin Ave. There is no parking on the park road. However, there is accessible parking available on the park road. Additional accessible parking is located on North Park Ave. For others who may have difficulty walking, you’re welcome to drop off individuals at the entrance and then park your vehicle.|
|This Year’s Shows|
|The Story: “Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and heart-felt direction.”|
|The Story: Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything. Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is delightful den of comedic genius.|