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 recently informed us that they will be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. Therefore RCT has canceled the planned show for December at the Miller Center. 

    RCT had an exciting season planned for 2020. Everything that we planned for show performances has been or will be canceled. RCT therefore asks that you help us out by participating in the many upcoming fund raising events planned for the remainder of 2020.

          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

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    A “UNIQUE” FUNDRAISER…

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    RCT is partnering with Reading-based Unique Pretzels for our next fundraiser! We are excited to announce that we are participating in the Giving with a Twist program created by UniqueSnacksUSA. The program enables our friends and supporters to contribute to our mission while enjoying a unique, healthy snack. From September 21, 2020 through October 2, 2020, Unique Pretzels will donate 10% of all online sales that reference our “unique” coupon code to support us. And as an added benefit, anyone who participates will receive a 5% discount! Please use the following web site: 

    www.uniquepretzels.com     and discount code   – civic10. You can also use the link available on the right hand side of this page. You cannot place an order until the start date of September 21, 2020 nor after the end date of October 2, 2020. Now is the time to purchase a “unique” holiday gift for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. Please mark your calendars and consider purchasing snacks from the Giving with a Twist program for yourself and/or family members and friends!

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    15TH ANNUAL RCT CHICKEN BARBEQUE PLUS CLAM BAKES…

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    The 15th annual RCT chicken barbeque will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020, in the Walgreens parking lot in Shillington from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Important note: please disregard any reference to the October 10, 2020 date for the BBQ event on the letter you received in the mail with the tickets. The event will be held on Saturday, October 3rd! Clam bakes will also be available this year but must be pre-ordered by September 21, 2020. Each chicken dinner includes half of a juicy, open-pit cooked chicken plus a baked potato, an ear of corn and a dinner roll, all for $9.00 per dinner. Clam bakes will include 18 clams, a quarter chicken, potatoes, an ear of corn and a dinner roll, all for $15.00 per bake. Also, you can purchase tickets using a credit card by calling 610-372-5325 (Roger/Karen Levesque). Please have available the number of tickets you want, the number of each kind of bake (chicken or clam), the ticket numbers and if you want any additional tickets. Please ask your friends and neighbors if they will support our organization! We hope to see you there!

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    RCT’S 2021 GALA AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT

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     For the last eleven years, Reading Civic Theatre (RCT) has held the Gala as our organization’s annual major fundraiser while providing an opportunity for our talented Berks County high school students, particularly those involved in a theater or music program, to compete for scholarship monies. We offer three scholarship awards totaling at least $1200. Students, in either 11th or 12th grade, who would be interested in performing in this competition are invited to attend an audition on either October 24th or Oct. 25th, 2020 at RCT. Students interested in auditioning must submit their names and audition requests to Reading Civic Theatre via email to rctgaIa2021@outlook.com by Friday, October 2, 2020. Jeannette DeAngelo, from the Gala committee, will be available to answer any questions via email at jmbway@aol.com. The 2021 RCT Gala will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Please reserve this date!

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    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.

  • YOUNG TRIPLE THREAT PROGRAM

    YOUNG TRIPLE THREATS-LIVE!

    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!

  • ****   LISTEN TO THE CAST OF MAMMA MIA SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM  ******

    ***  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.

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