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Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture Book by Marsha Norman Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray The Color Purple was produced on Broadway at the Broadway Theater by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Quincy Jones. The world premiere of The Color Purple was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Georgia. From Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller and Steven Spielberg’s ...

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MAR 23-04 MAY

Steal Away Home

Venue: Riverside Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $16
Mar 23, 2019 - May 04, 2019

Two young enslaved brothers make a daring escape from a South Carolina plantation. With the help of many good people, they make their way north on a danger-filled flight to freedom to join their freed father in Pennsylvania. The play brings new levels of perception of the people who lived in those anguished times…and indeed to those who live in ours. Based on the novel by Jane Kristof. Recommended age: 9+ Saturday Dates: March 23, 2019 April 6, 2019 * SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE April ...


MAR 30

The Arts & Cultural Council of the Rappahannock (RappArts for short) invites you to join us at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 30 for a fundraiser to support our Honoring the African American Experience in the Central Rappahannock River Region initiative. Dinner begins at 5:30, followed by the show at 7:30. After the show there will be a meet and gre...


APR 11-20 APR

The Country Wife presented by UMW Theater

Venue: Klein Theatre
Apr 11, 2019 - Apr 20, 2019

Infamous schemer and lascivious playboy Harry Horner seems no longer a threat to the marriages of London as word of his impotence spreads throughout society. Having instigated the rumor himself, however, Horner mischievously embarks on a plan to seduce the wives and daughters of the city’s most influential businessmen knowing full well that nary a man in London would suspect his ribald intentions. When the sweet, innocent, and honest Margery Pinchwife becomes smitten with him, Horner’s charad...


APR 12-20 APR

The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local soci...


APR 26-04 MAY

The award-winning Stafford Players, Stafford High School’s drama students, will bring“Peter and the Starcatcher” to center stage on April 26 and 27 and May 2-4, 2019. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, “Peter and the Starcatcher” is the story of the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Molly, a starcatcher-in-training, faces off against the fearsome Black Stache in an enchanting adventure that reveals how a wayward orphan becomes “the boy who w...


The Pirates of Penzance

Venue: Riverside Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $50 – 69
May 22, 2019 - Jul 07, 2019

or the Rascals of the Rappahannock

The Pirates of Penzance with a delightful twist! Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic operetta is as appealing today as it was over a century ago. But instead of the rocky coast of Cornwall, we are in late eighteenth century Virginia, when King George III ruled the colony. The famous soft-hearted pirates (lately of Penzance) are endeavoring to plunder with aplomb along the banks of the famous Rappahannock River. Meanwhile, the blundering Redcoats o...

The Reluctant Dragon

Venue: Riverside Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $16
May 30, 2019 - Jul 06, 2019

The Reluctant Dragon June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm $16.00 THE RELUCTANT DRAGON (May 30 – July 6) – A boy who “reads too much” encounters a dragon that would rather write poetry than breathe fire. Their secret friendship flourishes until the celebrated dragon slayer St. George visits the town. This adaptation of Grahame’s classic tale is rich with harmony and musical whimsy. Recommended age: 5+ Saturday, June 1 Saturday, June 8 *** SENSORY FRIENDLY SHOW Saturday, June 22 Saturday, July ...

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Venue: Riverside Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $50 – 69
Jul 24, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019

Music by Richard Rodgers Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James Michener Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Based on the anecdotes of a real-life U.S. Navy comman...

Book by Patrick A’Hearn and Sherri L. Edelen Back by popular demand and updated for 2019! Experience the excitement, memories, and joy of Christmas as our spectacular cast of singers and dancers present the heart and essence of the holiday season in this pageant of your favorite songs and music. Escape the hustle and stress and rekindle your Christmas spirit at Riverside Center with this glittering celebration of everything that makes this “the most wonderful time of the year”! Singl...