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River Valley Players

We are very fortunate to have the acting talents of this amateur performing group here in Rock Rapids.  The River Valley Players performs in dinner theaters, musicals, and during Heritage Days. It seems like these shows only get bigger and better with each year.  These shows would not be what they are without the wonderful casts that get selected each year. In the musical productions there are up to forty cast member. In the dinner theater productions there are fewer cast members, normally approximately ten.  These shows are fun to watch and even more fun to be a part of. Everyone is encouraged to audition and help make magic for others on stage. Visit us on Facebookto learn more about this great group. * Note: Pages will open in a new browser window. External pages are not endorsed by Central Lyon CSD.

Board Members

President- Sherwin Langholdt 
Vice President-
Mark Swartz
Secretary- Marilee Schleusner
Treasurer- Judy Gaspar
Other Board Members- 
Ginger Rasmussen, Dave Fields, Brynn Ladd, Willie Van Roekel,  Kathy Van Berkum 

First Steering Committee in 1973
C. Henle, R. Tobin, K. Barker, T. Gaspar, M. Kriz, D. Johnson, J. Gable, P. Traeger, B. Vinson, C. Oppendahl, P. McClurg, D. Curtis, D. Spitler, S. Petersen, E. Tolvstad, P. Foltz, B. Reckert, M. Reck

RVP History

River Valley Players was founded in 1973; but the first business meeting was not held until November 1974.  The first musical produced was "Fantastics," and the first dinner theater was "Last of the Red Hot Lovers." In 1978, the name "River Valley Players" was chosen. The River Valley Players became a member of the Iowa Community Theater Association in 1979. In 1983, RVP began making offers to buy a new theater, but discovered it would be too costly to remodel. In 1986, RVP and other volunteers began remodeling the Intermission Theater. The musicals are currently performed in Forster Auditorium on Tom Gaspar Stage (stage renamed in 2013). The dinner theaters are held in the community building.
 

The RVP left the old theater in 1989. The RVP started to offer their $100 scholarship to graduating high school seniors in 1990. In 1994, the 20th anniversary of RVP was celebrated, and the drama scholarship was raised to $250. In 1998, RVP donated $15,000 to the construction of a new auditorium in the school. The first production in the new auditorium was "State Fair" in 1999. RVP performed at RAGBRAII when it came through in 1999.  In 2001, RVP donated over $4,500 in equipment to the Forster Auditorium.

Sponsorship

RVP offers four different levels of sponsorship, and accept contributions during August and September of each year. The first level is Saints which involves contributions of $200 or more and includes four tickets to every production. The second level is Patrons which involves contributions of $100 or more and includes two tickets. The third level, Single Patrons, includes one ticket for a contribution of $60 or more. The Donor level is reached with a contributions of $35 or more. 

Each sponsor receives early ticket ordering privileges, and also their name on all programs.

Past Dinner Theaters

1974- Last of the Red Hot Lovers
1975- Tender Trap
1976- Barefoot in the Park
1977-Death of a Salesman
1978-
The Doctor in Spite of Himself
1979-Butterflies are Free
1980-Subject to Change
1981-Never to Late
1982-Saving Grace
1983-Love, Sex, and the IRS
1984-Come Blow Your Horn
1985-No Sex Please, We're British
1986-Meanwhile Back on the Couch
1987-Chapter 2
1988-How the Other Half Loves
1989-Social Security
1990-*No Production*
1991-Plaza Suite
1992-Natalie Needs a Nightie
1993- Squabbles
1994- Last of the Red Hot Lovers
1995- Run For Your Wife
1996- Never To Late
1997- Busybody
1998- Arsenic and Old Lace
1999- The Good Doctor
2000- The Odd Couple

2001- Rumors
2002- Blithe Spirit
2003- Barefoot in the Park
2004- Caught in the Net
2005- Don't Drink the Water
2006- The Nerd
2007- The Odd Couple (female version)
2008- A Nice Family Gathering
2009- Temporarily Tartan
2010- Funny Money
2011- Flaming Idiots
2012- Homecomings

2013- Love Letters
2014- Dilemmas with Dinner

Past Musical Productions
1974-Fantastics
1975-
Fiddler on the Roof
1976-Music Man
1977- Brigadoon
1978- Once Upon a Mattress

1979-Hello Dolly
1980- Anything Goes
1981- Mame
1982- Guys and Dolls
1983-
South Pacific
1984- Pippin
1985- My Fair Lady
1986- 110 in the Shade

1987-Finians Rainbow
1988- Lil' Abner
1989- Oklahoma
1990- Music Man
1991- Annie
1992- Into the Woods
1993- Sound of Music
1994- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
1995- Big River
1996- Nunsense
1997- Carousel
1998- Oliver
1999- State Fair
2000- Annie Get Your Gun
2001- Guys and Dolls
2002- My Fair Lady
2003- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2004- Brigadoon
2005- Music Man
2006- Seussical
2007- Damn Yankees
2008- Children of Eden
2009- Oklahoma
2010- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2011- Big River
2012- Fiddler on the Roof
2013- Sound of Music

2014- Hello Dolly!