2018 

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Spring 

 Directed by Mark Nowakowski

Spring 

 Directed by Mark Nowakowski

                                          Pictured : Laci  Papazis, Jenifer Shaver 

  Steve Hausler, Amy Lund, Mark Nowakowski,  Brian Shaver  Adrienne  Van Horn, Karen                                                      Karisa Hoag, Charlotte  Balensiefen, Elizabeth Wild                                                                                                               Corbin  Shaver      Ethan Shaver 

Opening weekend for Godspell was a great success! Saturday's performance was awarded with a standing ovation by the audience and Sunday's audience showered the cast with compliments and gratitude for telling such a wonderful story. One audience member thanked us for bringing the story of Godspell back to our community and said they've missed it dearly. If you haven't had a chance to purchase tickets don't worry it's not too late! Come enjoy this fantastic multigenerational cast perform! Just be warned that you may leave smiling and singing.

 

The cast includes Mark Nowakowski (Jesus) Brian Shaver ( John the Baptist / Judas), Steve Hausler, Corbin Shaver, Amy Lund, Adrienne Van Horn, Ethan Shaver, Lacy Papazis, Karen Leifheit, Jenifer Shaver, Elizabeth Wild, Karisa Hoag, and Charlotte Balensiefen.    

 

Come out and enjoy one of the following three performances:

Friday evening show without dinner: Tickets for Friday, April 13, are $19.00. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  A lovely assortment of homemade desserts will be available for purchase.

 

Saturday and Sunday performances are Dinner Theatre Tickets, $35.00  will include a lavish salad bar, a two meat entree, (carved ham & chicken marsala)  smashed garlic potatoes, green beans, glazed carrots, and dessert.

Saturday evening performance times are:    Doors open at 6:00 p.m .    Dinner 6:30 p.m.   Show immediately following.   

Sunday afternoon performance times are:    Doors open at 12:00 p.m.   Dinner 12:30 p.m. Show immediately following.

 

Ticket Box office number (309) 238-7878 

 

All performances are held at St John's XXIII Community Center, 1302 Second Street, Henry, Il 61537 

April 2018
Winners of the Raffle Baskets
Drawn at the final performance of Godspell 

Wine Basket / Jodi Robare
Tickets to Christmas Story/ Sara Roda 
Spring Wreath/ Robert Marcacci 
$25.00 Cash Comment Cards Raffle / Nancy Schoeph 
Thank You to all that supported River Valley Players

May 2018

 

Congratulations to the Cast & Crew of My Son Pinocchio for a GREAT             show!!!

 

 

 

RVP My Son Pinocchio JR. Cast List

Gepetto: Corbin Shaver

Pinocchio: Taylor Frawley

The Blue Fairy: Madison Stanbary

Rosa: Olivia Bergfeld

Viola: Taylor Compton

Arancia: Emma Kay Gaspardo

Sue: Bella Gaspardo

Stromboli: Preston Rowe

R Marionette: Mikayla Frawley

L Marionette: Rachel Eckert

Signora Lisi, Constratana, Signora Marino: Anna Rediger

Signora Alcomo, Signora Rosati: Lillian Sandberg 

Signora Giovani, Signora Fucito: Kayleigh Lafferty

Signora Mancini, Maria: Georgia Sharwarko

Signora Sommerella, Signora Pronto, Bernardo: Dayton Maubach 

Dante: Rayden Marliere

Agata, Marionette: Brynna Anderson

Francesca: Emily Culp

Fiorello, Boy #1,Brutto: Carter Williams

Adriana, Fox: Kaitlyn Anderson

Luigi (Name will be Luisa): Audrey Chambers

Gina, Fox Mother: Taylor Rowe

Lia: Isabelle Knuckey

Rica, Horse: Grace Anderson

Amelia: Elizabeth Knuckey

Salvatore: Logan Siegmann

Carla: Cora Stetson

Lucia, Girl #1, Sporco: Rylan Davis

Giuseppe: TJ Myers

Boy #2: Christopher Yee

Boy #3: Sayge Compton

Girl #2: Skylnn Frawley

Girl #3: Keira Zack

Professor Buonragazzo: Bobby Gaspardo

Junior: Mackenzie Stanbary

Talia: Trinity Frawley

Pig: Allison Real

Ring Leader: Jack Knisley

Malvolio: Mya Shaver

Marionette: Brooklynn Cotton

Town Children: Cohen Anderson, Brynna Anderson, Kaitlyn Anderson, Abigail Briggs, Audrey Chambers, Leah Chambers, Sayge Compton, Brooklynn Cotton, Ella Culp, Emily Culp, Rylan Davis, Brookelin Eaves, Mikayla Frawley, Skylynn Frawley, Trinity Frawley, Elizabeth Knuckey, Isabelle Knuckey, Abbie Myers, TJ Myers, Allison Real, Jordyn Rowe, Mya Shaver, Rylen Shaver, Logan Siegmann, Mackenzie Stanbary, Cora Stetson, Carter Williams, Keira Zack

 

Town Parents: Bobby Gaspardo, Jack Knisley, Christopher Yee, Anna Rediger, Georgia Sharwarko, Kayleigh Lafferty, Lillian Sandberg, Dayton Maubach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2018
Winners of the Raffle Baskets
Drawn at the final performance of Godspell 

Wine Basket / Jodi Robare
Tickets to Christmas Story/ Sara Roda 
Spring Wreath/ Robert Marcacci 
$25.00 Cash Comment Cards Raffle / Nancy
Schoeph 
Thank You to all that supported River Valley Players

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Opening weekend for Godspell was a great success! Saturday's performance was awarded with a standing ovation by the audience and Sunday's audience showered the cast with compliments and gratitude for telling such a wonderful story. One audience member thanked us for bringing the story of Godspell back to our community and said they've missed it dearly. If you haven't had a chance to purchase tickets don't worry it's not too late! Come enjoy this fantastic multigenerational cast perform! Just be warned that you may leave smiling and singing.

 

The cast includes Mark Nowakowski (Jesus) Brian Shaver ( John the Baptist / Judas), Steve Hausler, Corbin Shaver, Amy Lund, Adrienne Van Horn, Ethan Shaver, Lacy Papazis, Karen Leifheit, Jenifer Shaver, Elizabeth Wild, Karisa Hoag, and Charlotte Balensiefen.    

 

Come out and enjoy one of the following three performances:

Friday evening show without dinner: Tickets for Friday, April 13, are $19.00. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  A lovely assortment of homemade desserts will be available for purchase.

 

Saturday and Sunday performances are Dinner Theatre Tickets, $35.00  will include a lavish salad bar, a two meat entree, (carved ham & chicken marsala)  smashed garlic potatoes, green beans, glazed carrots, and dessert.

Saturday evening performance times are:    Doors open at 6:00 p.m .    Dinner 6:30 p.m.   Show immediately following.   

Sunday afternoon performance times are:    Doors open at 12:00 p.m.   Dinner 12:30 p.m. Show immediately following.

 

Ticket Box office number (309) 238-7878 

 

All performances are held at St John's XXIII Community Center, 1302 Second Street, Henry, Il 61537 

 

 

 

 

 

River Valley Players acting workshop featuring Shannon Hill was everything she promised. Shannon a former artistic director with Festival 56, Princeton Illinois, and brought forth an impressive background of acting and theatre experience to share. 

 

Saturday, March 17  two - 3-hour workshops were provided
9 am to 12 p.m. Ages 9-12 years old
1 pm to 4 p.m. Ages 13 through adult

 

Class outline:
Intro to Stage and Theatre Basics, Blocking, Countering, Basic Theatre Terms Acting Basics, Emotion and Physicality, Action/Objective Work Character Voice and Physicality, Open Scenes
Stage Combat Basics (stage falls, shove, slap, punch, hair/ear pulls etc.)

 

 

Shannon's experience includes:

B.A in Theatre Performance
M.F. A / Theatre University of Houston  and English Literature /Western Michigan University 
Director of over 20 shows 
Vocal Coach for Classical Theatre, Shakespeare (Houston TX)
Fight Choreographer for a number of productions 
Instructor of Improv, Film Acting
Taughtmanytheatre and acting workshops and classes 
Professional Actress/ Performer

You will not want to miss this opportunity to develop your acting skills with Shannon before she leaves our area to expand her professional acting career.

 

Shannon worked with our youth and provided them with a great learning experience as well as our young adult, up and coming actors and our seasoned, experienced actors. Everyone learned something new!   

 

We hope to offer future workshops with Shannon when she is back in the area, an opportunity you won't want to miss!  

 

 

 

 

 

Our 2018 Season

Spring 

 Directed by Mark Nowakowski

Summer 

Directed by Robert Eckert 

& Christine Gaspardo 

Fall 

Directed by Charlotte Balensiefen