RESERVE – After making the heartbreaking decision to cancel most performances of the highly anticipated 2021 summer show, River Parish Community Theater ends the year on a high note with two family holiday events.
An interactive “Christmas in the land of toys” event will delight families on December 5, before a free Christmas concert on December 19.
“The community was wonderful about what we went through last summer,” said Sean Roussel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the River Parish Community Theater. “After having to cancel most of our shows for health reasons, there was a lot of disappointment, but also a lot of support and empathy. We couldn’t ask for a better community.
Roussel added that RPCT is “really looking forward to coming back and playing.”
“There will be a lot of excitement heading into 2022 with good momentum, and I hope it will be a much better year,” he said.
“Christmas in Toyland” is inspired by princess tea with Cinderella who hosted local families during the summer. This time, RPCT wanted to host an event for boys and girls with Christmas characters, refreshments, carols, and holiday-themed arts and crafts activities.
“Our people love to entertain and do different things rather than just shows,” Roussel said. “It’s another place for us to interact with the community and give them something to visit that is family oriented before the holidays. “
This event will take place on December 5th at The Bank, located at 139 Historic Front in Garyville. The first session starts at 10:30 a.m., while the second session starts at 2:00 p.m.
The cost of participation is $ 30 per person. Photos with Santa Claus will also be available for $ 5 per pose. Places are limited and registration is available online at www.riverparishtheatre.org.
Sunday, December 19 marks the return of the RPCT’s Christmas concert, “Songs of the Season”. The concert begins at 5:00 p.m. and admission is free for the community to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Instead of collecting money, RPCT will be collecting donations of non-perishable products for the St. Peter Food Pantry.
Last year’s concert was broadcast live from the altar due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of severe weather. With the outlook for the pandemic improving, this year’s “Sounds of the Season” will be an in-person concert featuring approximately 90 minutes of traditional and non-traditional holiday songs.
According to Roussel, the free Christmas concert will also include the exclusive announcement of the RPCT’s 2022 summer show.
RPCT plans to continue hosting the free concert each year. Over the next few months, Community Theater will roll out benefits through its new RPCT Gems program, which replaces the old Friends program and offers multiple levels of support. Sponsorships as low as $ 50 offer advance ticket purchases, summer rehearsal invitations, reserved seats at the Christmas concert, access to a members-only lounge, and a listing of summer programs , signage and the RPCT website. More information is available online at riverparishtheater.org.
Roussel said community members interested in getting involved with the RPCT can message through the River Parish Community Theatre’s website or Facebook page.
“Tell us how you would like to get involved, whether as a performer or as an assistant,” Roussel said. “You don’t have to be a singer or a dancer. You can be a handyman, or you can be good with people, be a usher, or work on the set. A lot of work goes into it. We always welcome more people.