Monday, May 26, 2014

Dear Friends and Students of RCT
I know that many of you heard the sad news about my mom, Janet Cragin who passed away peacefully after a short illness on April 24. We are so sad and sorry but please know that Riverfront Children's Theatre will ("of course" in my mom's phraseology) carry on. Classes will begin again the last week of September. In the interim, we are doing a program at Green Acres on Normandy Road this week and next and we will be doing Parks presentations this summer. These will be free workshops and we'll have costumes and props and much fun.

We are having a special event on Friday, June 20 -- a benefit for our newly-created scholarship fund. As you know, my mom was not someone to toot her own horn, but in the last week I shared with Janet, I told her that we needed to start a scholarship for students and helpers. And so the Janet Cragin Family Scholarship is holding a fund-raiser that is also a theater workshop. For kids AND their parents (if they would like to participate). Generally, our classes are "kids only" but we've had some wonderful parents and family members who've jumped in, so we wanted to extend the offer.

If you would like to come, please email me at or call at 978-320-1335. The suggested donation is $5 per family and the schedule is as follows: Friday, June 20, 4 to 5 pm, age 4 to 7. From 5:30 to 7:30 pm, age 10 and up. And YES our super assistant Russell Holbert will be present!

You can also support our scholarship by sending a check made out to Riverfront Children's Theatre to:
Community Foundation
649 John Fitch Highway
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Here's a picture of my mom last summer at Green Acres which sums up SO much of what RCT is about -- fun costumes in bins, my mom encouraging, and a VERY happy little girl being an excellent Miss Muffet running away from a spider!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

YES!! Classes start this winter!

Calling young performers! Riverfront Children's Theatre at 454 Main Street,
Fitchburg announces spring classes for kids age 4 through teens that will conclude with a public performance of an original music-theatre production: “Around The World to Fitchburg – Happy 250th.”

This year, we wanted to create a special production for Fitchburg's 250th anniversary,” explains instructor Janet Cragin, who appeared in Fitchburg's 1964 Bicentennial pageant as 'The Muse of Fitchburg.' All children will have the opportunity to be in the play, which will be presented on Saturday, April 12 at Fitchburg Library at 1 pm.
Riverfront Children's Theatre classes include Showtime for age 4 to 6 (4-4:30, $50 ) and 7 to 9 (4:30-5:15, $60). Classes meet on Tuesdays, January 28 through April 8. Showtime classes offer movement and dance steps, songs, and improvisation, plus new features such as scene painting, and costume creation.

"This season, we are offering a new improv workshop for kids age 10 through teens," Cragin explains. “Fun Friday meets on first and third Fridays from 6 to 8 pm, (February 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18). We'll explore scene study, paint sets, work with costumes and makeup under stage lights and create crazy characters. We offered the two-hour workshop in the fall, and it was a big hit, as kids are able to explore theatrecraft in detail."

To register, email, or call 978-320-1335 for a form. Visit for more information. Riverfront Children's Theatre is a 501 (c)3 organization, and a member of the North Central Mass. Community Foundation. We are supported in part by Fitchburg Cultural Council.

Friday, July 26, 2013

--->Upcoming Appearances<---

RCT will produce "You Put On The Show" at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton on Friday, August 1 at 11 am. We are also at Green Acres, Fitchburg as part of Fun 'n' FITchburg Parks Days. Come see us perform at 1 pm. Green Acres is at 77/79 Leyte Road.  There is a building with "MOC" on the sign. You can get to Green Acres by Water Street or Wanoosnoc Road.

--->Fall Classes<---

Classes will start Tuesday, September 10 for kids age 4 to 6 and 7 to 9. We're also featuring a NEW class: FUN FRIDAY IMPROV PARTY for kids age 10 to 15 on Friday evening, 6 to 8 pm (September 6, 20, October 4, 18, November 1, with a make-up class on November 15).

What do you find if you come take a class? Warm-ups, improv games, creating a character, learning a song -- making up a song! -- trying on costumes, working with props, learning teamwork and fun, and PAINTING SETS! This summer, we started a "set painting" segment of our classes, with super results! For "Fun Friday" kids also work with scripts, and we'll be bringing in Shakespeare and contemporary authors in the fall.

Write for a registration form, or to find out more information, call 978-320-1335
photo: Clockwise from top left: Maddie, William, Aaliah, Ani, and Molly paint the set for Peter Rabbit

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

YES! WE HAVE SPACES FOR JULY 12...CALL SALLY AT 978 320 1335 to reserve a space. Class meets at 454 Main St., 6 to 7:30. Wear clothes you can paint in!
Summer Theatre Workshop

Costumes • Improv • Movement • Set design
Monday-Friday, July 8-12

We'll work on some songs, some improvs, experiment with props and costumes. We'll also do some set design -- draw a picture of what you'd like to see in a play, and then we'll do mural painting on frames and mount on the wall. We'll have an "open house" at the end, so that parents and family can see the work. No prior theatre experience necessary -- if you like stories, laughter, making up characters, inventing raps and rhymes, please join us!

Age 4-6: 11-11:45  ($25)

Age 7 and up:  12:30-1:30pm  ($30)

JUNE 28 & JULY 12, 6-7:30 PM

Classes held at 454 Main St. Fitchburg
(next to Shack's Clothing, FREE parking in city lot)


I can send you a registration form, or just print out this part: 
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mail to: 
Riverfront Children's Theatre, 1138 Oak Hill Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420
Payment in full is due the first day of class.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Gingerbread Stories, an original music theatre production by the kids of Riverfront Children's Theatre will be performed at Fitchburg Public Library on Saturday, May 18, at 1 pm. FREE!! A cast of 36 kids from age 4 and up acting out a story of a baking-crazy kingdom, plus some fairy tales thrown in. With rapping robots, mad scientists, and mischievous fairy princes and princesses, what happens when people don't want to eat their vegetables? Lots of laughs in this family-oriented show produced by Riverfront Children's Theatre. 

Summer Theatre Week -----> July 8-12, for age 4 and up. Tentative schedule: age 4-6, 11-11:45am. Age 7-9 and up, 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Cost will be reasonable, lots of fun, costumes, set decoration, improvs, music, singing, and performance EXPERIMENTATION!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Showtime Jr., ages 4-6, Dance warm-ups, singing, improvising characters, movement and FUN!! $50, 12 wks, 4-4:30 pm
Showtime Cadets, ages 7-9, Improv, dance, songs, stories creating characters, costumes, props and FUN!! $50, 12 wks, 4:30-5 pm
Showtime ages 10 and up. Improv, dance, working on scripts, costumes, props and FUN! Working on performance technique, drama, interacting with others. $80, 12 wks, 5-5:45 pm
ALL Showtime students are invited to perform in our original show with music: "GINGERBREAD STORIES" at 1 pm, Sat., May 18, 2013 at Fitchburg Public Library.

To register: Call 978-320-1335. You can email me at and I can email you a flyer to print out and send in. Classes held at 454 Main St., Fitchburg, the studio next door to Shack's Clothing. FREE parking on Main Street just before Shack's. 

Space is limited, come join us for our Second Super Season!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

RCT News Update!
We are now part of the Community Foundation! We are their FIRST Children's Theatre and we now can accept tax-deductible contributions. The purpose of having a Foundation is so that our plays - and our kids -- can do some traveling. We love performing in North Central Massachusetts, but we'd love to bring a show to your community. Having a foundation will help us offset the costs. The other purpose of our foundation is to provide supplemental support for educational purposes. We envisioned sometime down the road having scholarship money available for kids pursueing a career in theater arts (including teaching and performance).
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We will begin our classes for age 4-8 in the fall, Tuesdays 3:30 to 4:30 pm at 454 Main Street, Fitchburg, and if you'd like to be on our mailing list, email We will add classes for kids age 9 to 12plus in late January, and will produce a show to be performed in late April or May, so stay tuned!
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And the kids you see up above are our cast for "Timo the Woodsman and Princess Vendla," most recently performed at SAIMA PARK in Fitchburg.
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