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 https://www.richlandplayers.org/donate 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!!
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:
Outstanding Volunteer Vanities:
Outstanding Volunteer Butterflies are Free:
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
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 (President@RichlandPlayers.org) 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 (https://www.richlandplayers.org/by-law). 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.
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.
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!
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