Reading Civic Theatre
  • To all our RCT members, 

          In the world of theater, as I am sure most of you know, postponements and closings for their 2020 seasons continue for theater companies across the country! If Broadway has closed for most of the remainder of the year, look for all theater companies to follow suit, no matter the level, professional or non-professional! Those of us at the helm of each company are now facing some difficult decisions as to how to proceed. The RCT board is no exception! We are trying desperately to figure out how to keep our performers and audience members safe while maintaining “social distancing” and at the same time trying to break even on the costs of a show. Guidelines have been sent to and are available to the theater companies and venues on social distancing requirements in audience seating, backstage areas, etc. Many recommendations are to keep the house at around a 20 percent capacity to make social distancing possible. (a 500 seat house would then drop down to selling 100 seats)

      The Miller Center sent us their guidelines incorporating the suggested ones that were sent to them. Some of the guidelines concerning to us prohibit group singing and not more than 15 people onstage at a time while maintaining 6 feet of social distancing between each other.

      Therefore, because of the unpredictable situation of not knowing what will happen in the next few weeks or months, the board has decided to NOT do a September show. We have decided to continue to try to do “Guys and Dolls” (yes, we can finally announce it! YAY!!) in our December slot at the Miller Center hoping that the situation will ease up a little along with the guidelines. It will also buy us some time to possibly find a smaller show that might be able to work within the given restrictions.

        Please know that this decision was very difficult and was discussed at great length! We realize the need to keep RCT moving forward and we had some great things planned for the summer! However, this is just a hiccup for us! Nothing more, nothing less! Together we will survive against all odds coming back better than ever! Soon we’ll be singing, “Another Opening, Another Show”! Keep watching for updates of what and when events will now take place!

          Your RCT family hasn’t forgotten about you! Please don’t forget about us! Sending lots of love and continued air hugs!

    The RCT Board of Directors

    RCT is  continuing to monitor the pandemic situation and has canceled the September show dates at the Miller Center.   The Board will review the situation at a later date and determine if a show is possible in December 2020  at the Miller Center. 




    Help support Reading Civic Theatre and local restaurant Paolo’s Restaurant & Bar by joining us for a take-out and delivery fundraiser on

    Monday, June 15, 2020 from 4:00pm until 9:00pm!

    Paolo’s Restaurant & Bar will accept your order in several ways:

    Phone Call – Call 610-775-3500 and mention that you are with Reading Civic Theatre before placing your order.

    Restaurant Website – Visit Paolo’s Restaurant & Bar’s online order website In the section for order notes or special instructions, mention Reading Civic Theatre.

    Delivery App – Paolo’s Restaurant & Bar is available on Door Dash. In the section for order notes or special instructions, include “I am with the GroupRaise Meal for Reading Civic Theatre.”

    IMPORTANT: Please RSVP by June 12th at so we know we have enough interest to hold this fundraiser! Include everyone in your family/group that will place an order!


    RCT has made arrangements with two different shopping networks to generate money toward support of the organization. If you use Amazon to buy products please use the link at the right hand side of the page. If you prefer a different shopping network please use the second link on the right hand side of the page OR try both out and use the one you like. Any purchase through either site will generate a portion of the purchase price to RCT. Thanks for using these shopping sites to support RCT.




    The artistic team of RCT’s newest theatrical  program for young performers is so happy to  announce the first members of this unique  performing and educational group! They did a  fabulous job at their auditions and we look  forward to working with each and every one of  them!! Each young artist will have their own  solo and will perform in two group numbers as  well as have duet and trio opportunities! This  will provide a chance to have their voices heard,  both individually and with a group! They are:  Ashley Baker, Taylor Clark, Adeline Cosentino, Naomi Frantz, Jaida Garber, Riley Giblin, Grayson Hale, Millie Hottenstein, Katie Kauffman, Jenna Kirby, Maeve Sasse and Maggie Smedley. Our hope is to start rehearsals in June but of course this is all contingent upon our nationwide circumstances! In trying to remain positive, each YTT member has received their assigned songs and will be working on it at home hopefully prepared to start as soon as we can!


    ***  Click on the following link to see the cast of Mamma Mia sing the National Anthem at the Reading Phillies FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading PA on Thursday evening August 7, 2019.  The cast was honored to be selected for the performance of the Anthem for that evening and delivered an excellent rendition .


    Please look at the CURRENT SHOW tab for updated information about our 2020 show season.

    Please see the Community tab under ABOUT US for the upcoming show schedule for members and local theatre groups.

Reading Civic Theatre