Theatre News

Our 2020 virtual general membership meeting was a success! A huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers!

Pickup your award on Nov. 6th from 2pm- 4pm Curbside of the theatre.  Masks required.

Email to make other arrangements.

Art Fuller Scholarship awards

Mariella Pedroza, Jantz Levin, & Emma Sorense

Outstanding Board Members 

​Micheal Aardal and Kate D. Clark-Isaacson

Volunteer of the Year 

​Joe Pomponio & Sandy Pierce

Golden Hammer Award

Louis Valle Jr.

Bob Watrous Lifetime Achievement Award 

Joyce Bean

Show Awards



Team Leaders -Heather Johnson, Cameron Milton

Outstanding Volunteers - Carson Roach, Will Thurston

 Bertha The Beautiful Typewriter Girl

Director -  Alli Talmage,  Production Manager - James Callaghan

Outstanding Volunteers - Micheal Aardal & Will Thurston 

Inherit the Wind

Director -  Will Thurston,  Assistant Director - McKenzie Kennedy

Production Manager -  Albania Schneegans Davis

Outstanding Volunteers  - Joe Kimmel, Jerry Bush, & Alyssa Nogalas 

Visit to a Small Planet

Director - Joe Kimmel,  Production Manager  - James Callaghan

Top Volunteers - Tamara Pomponio, Xander Lih


The Miser

Director - McKenzie Kennedy,  Production Manager -  Tamara Pomponio

Outstanding Volunteers -  Maycee McQuin & Micheal Jackson


Wait Until Dark

Director  -  Gordon Barnes,  Assistant Director  -  Michael Aardal

Production Managers  -  Heidi Dagle, Joe Kimmel, James Callaghan

​"The Show Must Go On" Recognition -  Ken Harris, Diana Milton, Jerry Bush

White Bluffs

Director  -  Ted Miller,  Assistant Director -  Heidi Dagle

Production Manager  -  James Callaghan

"The Show Must Go On" Recognition  -  Dianne Hudson, Heidi Dagle

These Shining Lives

Director  -  Christy Valle,  Production Manager - Albania Schneegans Davis

"The Show Must Go On" Recognition -  Joe Pomponio, Vivian Diebel

Thank You!
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It's happening! A little different but we are on for a virtual meeting - Saturday July 25th 1pm at a computer or phone near you!

What will be taking place:
Diamond Anniversary Awards & Volunteer Recognition
Scholarship Winners
2020-2021 Theatre Plans will be revealed
Diamond Anniversary Quilt Raffle Winners announced
Celebrate and look back at 75th season memories and accomplishments

Open to the Public, Voting for current members of 75th Season

Board of Director Nominations still being accepted. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone please email

Meeting agenda and paperwork will be uploaded below or click
this link.

In response to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, The Richland Players would like to update our loyal patrons and volunteers regarding the status of our 75th Diamond Anniversary season.


In the theatre community, there is a common trope used among thespians stating “The Show Must Go On.” While sharing the fruits of our labors with our loyal community is a priority, the health of our patrons and volunteers supersedes all.


With the recent developments of the COVID-19 spread in our area, we are compelled to postpone our production of “Wait Until Dark” which was originally scheduled to open March 20th.


The Richland Players must be especially proactive in the protection of our guests and volunteers. Our audience consists of many who are considered “at risk” for complications from the Coronavirus and this requires us to be stringent and sweeping in our response. The Richland Players respect and stand in support with the many other arts organizations in our area and nation currently making these difficult choices - whether they mirror our response or not.



Our current measures include the delay of the opening of “Wait Until Dark,” delay auditions for “These Shining Lives” and the likely delay our ‘Reader’s Theatre' production of “White Bluffs.” Every attempt will be made to honor the effort spent by our incredible volunteers and delay instead of canceling our performances.


For the duration of the outbreak The Richland Players will refund any individual ticket purchases. Tickets can also be exchanged for gift certificates valid for any remaining show of either the current 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 Seasons. Season ticket holders will be also be allowed to exchange tickets for additional passes valid for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons. If you choose so, you can not get a refund and consider your ticket purchase a donation to the theater.


The Richland Players are confident that with each others' and our communities' support we will weather this storm together and be back to sharing the magic of live theatre for another 75 years. Please, if able, consider donating to the theatre as we temporarily go dark in support of public health. Any and all gifts are appreciated and tax deductible.


Lastly, we urge our community to follow prevention methods, including but not limited to, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect often, stay home if you are sick and wear a face mask if in proximity of others while ill in addition to social distancing when able. You can review proper hand washing techniques at


For more information and prevention methods of preventing the spread of COVIID-19 we urge visit the World Health Organization website at…/novel-coronavirus-2…/advice-for-public and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

You may reach our Box Office at (509) 943-1991 during the following hours the week of March 15th or email or

Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

Monday - Friday 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Respectfully Yours,

Richland Players Board of Directors





Ah, Thanksgiving and the holiday season are upon us, and so is the season of giving. As some may know, Richland Players has begun the renovation process on our 75 year old building. Now while there are still MANY stages left and more info coming soon, we would like to share one of our small victories. For our volunteers they are all aware of the leaky stairway, complete with multiple buckets placed a long the way that leads to our green room, office, light booth, etc. It has been a pain in our sides for YEARS. This spring we finally found the root cause. A bullet (yes you read that right) was lodged in our roof causing rain, snow, etc to leak through. Temporary patches and fixes were done but the problem kept getting worse. In the last month we have fixed the hole and repaired the ceiling back to it's original state! It may not look like much, but it is a happy start for even bigger things to come. These repairs are costly and we would greatly appreciate if you consider us during "Giving Tuesday" or your end of year charity donations and support our journey and help us achieve another 75 years of live theatre.


Visit to support us. All donations are tax deductible.


Also we give thanks to the countless volunteers who put SO much work into all of our projects renovations, production teams, committees, Board of Directors and so much more thank you!!

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Join us October 19 at 5:00 pm -11 pm for the scariest (and most fun) pub crawl you've ever been on!
4 stops at local bars/pubs/breweries all with-in walking distance of the Richland Players! Dax's, 3 Margarita's, Tommy's Tap House, and Whiskey River Bar & Grill. 

Enjoy exclusive drink specials and an evening of spooky fun!

Kick off party and registration starts at Richland Players at 5 pm. Get your wristband, meet and greet with fellow zombies and grab some food from a local food truck! Then partake in the Zombie costume contest! Winner receives a gift basket valued at over $200!

Use the hashtag #rpzombiepubcrawl during the event to be entered to win prizes!

The night will wrap up at Richland Players with announcing the winners of the costume contest, social media challenge winner and some complementary Halloween sweet treats!

Pub crawl tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. All proceeds from this event go towards building repairs for the Historic Richland Players a 501c3 non-profit.

Ticket price includes spooktacular guided pub crawl, exclusive drink/food specials, prize raffle ticket, pre and post party at RP, and dessert.

This is a 21 and over event

Our general membership meeting was a success! Here is a list of award recipients, including two new awards "Volunteer of the Year" and the "Bob Watrous Lifetime Achievement Award" A huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers!

Art Fuller Scholarship awards: Tru Stites and Jeff Smart

Outstanding Volunteer Odd Couple: 

Vivian Diebel & Heidi Dagle

Outstanding Volunteer Vanities: 

Christy Valle & McKenzie Kennedy

Outstanding Volunteer Butterflies are Free: 

Will Thurston & Joe Kimmel

Outstanding Volunteer Nightwatch: 

Claire Dann & Randy Milligan

Outstanding Volunteer Girls of the Garden Club:

Sandy Pierce, Michael Aardal, & Bret Parker

Kaleidoscope Outstanding Volunteers:

Vivian Diebel & Leah Mann

Outstanding Board Members:  Heidi Dagle and McKenzie Kennedy

Volunteer of the Year:  Vivian Marie Diebel

25 year volunteer award:  Connie Ekard

Bob Watrous Lifetime Achievement Award:  Bob Watrous

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It's that time of year again for our Annual General Membership Meeting. Come hear how this season went and have your voice heard. Volunteer awards, scholarship recognition, and BBQ following meeting around 1 PM.

We will be voting on 3 Board Member positions, as well as changes to our bylaws. Please contact any Board Member or email our President ( if interested in a Board position or if you would like to nominate an individual. Copies of the changes will be made available at the theater or on our website ( These changes are designed to better organize the board for our future and continued success. The most significant change in the by-laws are to the length of terms for board members (from 4 to 3). We cannot move our organization forward without YOUR help and vote as a member of The Richland Players.

All volunteers and season ticket holders are eligible to vote. Didn't volunteer this season or buy season tickets? Maybe you're new to town, but still want your voice to be heard? You may purchase a $10 voting membership. 

Coinciding with the annual meeting is the volunteer appreciation BBQ, this is also your chance to meet the production teams for next season's shows. If you have ever wished to volunteer and become involved with the theater, but did not know how or who to ask, this is your chance to learn about auditions, props, set design and building, lighting, sound, costumes, and all of the elements that converge to form a show. Operating the theater requires many administrative skills as well, so there are many opportunities for people to serve on publicity, box office, fundraising, outreach, production support, volunteer, facilities, play reading, and finance committees. This is your chance to meet the people in charge and learn how you can volunteer your skills to help the Richland Players succeed during their next 75 years. Thank you for your ongoing support of the theater, and we hope to see you there!

There will be vegetarian, keto, and gluten friendly options available during the appreciation barbecue. 

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Join The Richland Players at Panera!  

On Saturday May 25th, help us raise funds that supports the performing arts in our community!
What more could you ask for? Good food and supporting your local theater! Grab a friend and have a dinner night out! Then come see Girls of the Garden Club!
Mention you're with Richland Players, bring in a flyer, or show them this on your phone and proceeds from your purchase will go to us!
When ordering online use code PRFUND
Valid only Saturday May 25th, from 4 to 8pm.


Announcing our DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY SEASON! This season of plays will celebrate and reflect the history of the Richland Players as well as its place in the Hanford and Tri Cities community. To this end, we have chosen a season of retrospect: six plays that were performed by the Players representing each decade from the 1940s to the 1990s/2000s, with a seventh “new” play that has never been performed at the Players before. Two of the plays will be single weekend “readers theater” style limited runs in order to fit all seven into a single season. Currently accepting directors applications.

Phyllis Bowerstock
EJ Brewer

Dimming The Lights

by Patty Cook, President, The Richland Players

At the south end of the Richland Parkway, you will see a marquee blinking with lights announcing a current or upcoming production.  It’s like a beacon in the night.  It anchors The Parkway, a piece of history, adorning the building that has been a second home to many.  Recently, a small crowd gathered beneath the marquee on a chilly night.  Silently, with arms around each other in support and to ward off the cold night air, we stood while the marquee lights were turned off.  The lights returned and went off again – for a second time.  A few tears fell and memories were shared.  It was our own version of a Broadway tradition known as “dimming the lights” in honor of members of our theater community that have passed away.

Within the space of a few days, we lost two of our family members. One of those members had been a part of the Richland Players for a very long time. She dedicated decades to the Richland Players, on and off the stage.  The other had been with us not as long, but long enough to touch the hearts of many who knew him. To honor those family members who have left us, we gathered outside our theatre and we turned off the bright marquee. We took a minute to reflect on the memory of our departed friends and the way they touched our lives.  It’s quiet and dark – like the stage inside when no one is there to stand upon it.  Those we have lost will never stand upon our stage again.  We are left with the memory of their dedication and their talent.  We will remember their faces, their smiles, the things that made us laugh - the joy they brought to so many of us. 

The Richland Players has been a place where people of various backgrounds and talents have gathered for 75 years.  It started as a small family of people and has since grown exponentially.  “Family” one may ask? Despite race, gender, ethnicity, religion – yes, we are a family.  At the beginning of a production, many of us start out as strangers.  By the final curtain, we have come to know and care for one another and thus become family.  We bring with us our spouses, our children and sometimes our parents.  We gather to celebrate life’s joyous occasions, and we come together to support and bring comfort in times of crisis. 

The Richland Players is a community theatre.  A community, a family, for which I count myself blessed.

Remembering EJ Brewer and Phyllis Bowersock. Thank you for the wonderful memories, smiles, and support of the Richland Players.

Congratulations to our 2018

Art Fuller Scholarship Recipients

Check out the latest episode of #exploreRichland featuring yours truly, The Richland Players. Thank you City of Richland for stopping by and chatting about our theatre and Red Carpet Season!

Support The Richland Players when you shop this Holiday Season. Go to and Amazon donates to the Richland Players.

Publicity Committee is  Revamping  and Looking for New Members

If you like getting involved, being creative, collaborative, we are looking for you.  No experience necessary.  Email: