Who We Are & What We Do

We make theatre FOR children BY children WITH children since 2011. Member of Community Foundation and our fiscal partner, United Neighbors of Fitchburg. Contributions to support our workshops and programs may be made out to: "UNF" with "RCTheatre" in the memo line and mailed to: 18 Fairmount St., Fitchburg, MA 01420

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thanks to Fitchburg Cultural Council and Leominster Cultural Council for supporting IMPROVAGANZA at Boys and Girls Club. Music, dance, movement, comedy, costumes, props, circus skills, joke-telling, and a lot of JOY was had by our participants in 2019. THANKYOU! We are hoping to bring IMPROVAGANZA BACK to BGC in 2020, along with a new program focussed on performing MACBETH with handmade marionettes. Stay tuned!


Friday, July 7, 2017


Tuesday, August 1, 11 to 2 pm (lunch break, 12 to 1 pm)
Children’s Theatre Festival at Leominster Public Library
11-noon: Improv workshop for kids age 5 to 10 and up. Younger kids welcome as they are comfortable. Facepainting, costumes, and props
1 to 2 pm  Puppet show with handmade puppets and audience participation followed by puppet-making workshop with recycled materials.  
Shows include: Puss in Boots, The Baby Beebe Bobby Bird

Tuesday-Thursday, August 8-10, 6:30-7:30 pm
“Instant Improv”  A 3 day workshop at Fitchburg Public Library
Join us for a three-day intensive workshop for kids age 8 and up (younger kids welcome with parents willing to participate) creating characters, situations, crazy comedy and songs.
Performance Thursday, August 10 at Fitchburg Library 6:30 pm.

Fall classes will begin at Fitchburg Public Library in late September!

Don’t miss our FUNd-raiser
FUNd-raiser for Riverfront Children’s Theatre
Make Crazy Hats and participate in an open mike for all ages
Sunday, January 21, 1 to 3 pm
at Chaibo Tea and Coffeehouse, Boulder Drive, Fitchburg

contact: Sallycragin@verizon.net or visit “Riverfront Children’s Theatre” on Facebook. 
RCT is a non-profit 501 ©3 partnered with United Neighbors of Fitchburg. 
We make theatre FOR children WITH children.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Riverfront Children’s Theatre announces “How Green WAS My Vineyard – The Mostly Ridiculous Story of St. Urho and the Grasshoppers” an original production featuring the young performers of Riverfront Children’s Theatre. Performances at The Finnish Center at Saima Park on Sunday, June 25, 1:30 pm as part of the Summer Festival (Kesäjuhla) and at Fitchburg Public Library Auditorium, Thursday, June 29, 6:30 pm. Sally Cragin directs the original script, which will include some Finnish music.

“I love the story of St. Urho, which was invented in the 1950s as a way of getting the Finns their own version of the St. Patrick story,” explains Cragin, who expanded the script from an earlier version presented at Saima during the St. Urho’s Celebration. “This is the first time our young actors will be performing at Saima Park, and there are numerous other events for families planned as well.”

The cast includes many children, and some adults: Scarlett Brooks, Nick Carbone, Atherton and Bettina Conklin, Thomas Fenton, Tisiphone and Calista Hallet, Sadie Leonard, Molly Maillet, Dyan Ricciutti, Maddie Siciliano, Natasha Siler, Nicolette Squailia, Emma Stewart,  Jet and Christopher Cragin Warner, Jessie Worthley. Riverfront Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization partnered with United Neighbors of Fitchburg. All performances are FREE.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter to Spring Workshops

Dear friends, This year we are expanding and will be teaching free afterschool theatre workshops at United Neighbors of Fitchburg (Cleghorn Neighborhood Center) as well as Fitchburg Public Library. We are also hosting a RAFFLE! We are raffling off theatre tix to area theatres including: New Players Theatre Guild, Stratton Players, Theatre at the Mount, Stoneham Theatre, Merrimack Rep. Theatre, Reagle Players, Concord Players, Cinema World and MORE to come. Drawing on May 5, 2016. Suggested donation: $2 each ticket, 3 for $5. Email sallycragin@verizon.net. We would love to get you some tickets. Can you sell some for us? let us know!

Sunday, January 17 (snowdate, January 23), 1:30 pm. "Pet Tales -- Storytelling about Animals at Chaibo" for kids, grownups and families. A benefit for Riverfront Children's Theatre and Friends of Fitchburg Dog Park, Let's share crazy pet stories. Hosted by Jeff Van Amburgh. This will be a fun event for kids to tell a story to a friendly audience using a mike. 

Saturday, January 30, 11 to 12 ALSO....FREE FAMILY IMPROV for kids age 4 to 9!! At: Fitchburg Public Library. Signup at FPL or email sallycragin@verizon.net

Saturday, February 5, 2 to 8 pm. "Meet and Greet" the public at Big Lots, Market Basket Plaza on John Fitch Highway. Come help us greet the public and sell raffle tix. We will have costumes, hats and face makeup.

Friday & Saturday, February 19 and 20, 7:30 pm. "And NOW What Would You Pay??" An original radio comedy show by Sally Cragin and Jeff Van Amburgh to benefit RCT. At: Zeda's Pizza, 65 Laurel Street (formerly Gamache's), Fitchburg. Suggested donation: $9.99, kids age 10 and up FREE. Come dine BEFORE the show and Zeda's gives 15 percent of your bill to RCT!! Tickets at Zeda's or call 978-320-1335.

WINTER CLASSES (in detail)

PART 1-- “Fun Fridays,” ages 10 and up

At: First Parish Unitarian,

Fridays, February 5, 12, & 26, 6-8 PM

Culminating In A Live TV Program Of Improv on

Thursday, March 3, arrive 6:30 pm at FATV!!

PART 2 – Original Show: “FINN TALES”(all ages)

At: Fitchburg Public Library

Rehearsals: Wednesdays-Thursdays, April 6, 7, 13, 14 (6-7ish)

Dress Rehearsal, Wednesday, April 20 (6pm)

SHOWS: Thursday, April 21, 6:30 pm at Fitchburg Library,

Sunday, April 24, 1 pm, Scandinavian Arts Center, Newton

Thursday, May 5, LIVE taping at FATV studio, arrive 6:30 pm

176 Kimball St (between Rollstone and Laurel St. Bridge)

Short answer: We are doing 1 show...in THREE different venues!! This is a great opportunity for your children to perform to a non-local audience as well as for us to "make a memory" of the show experience at Stratton Players' First Reading show at FATV.  

also...now at United Neighbors of Cleghorn on many FRIDAYS!

To be announced...however we have THESE dates already set!!
Westminster Farmers' Market Fridays:
Friday, May 6,  4 pm, half hour show
Friday, June 3 , 4 pm half hour show
More to come.... 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

W o r k s h o p

For Young Performers
at: Fitchburg Public Library!
Classes on Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29
We will have an open house
Performance Showcase”
Tuesday, October 6, 6 pm

4-4:30 pm
Showtime Jr., ages 4-6, Dance warm-ups, singing, improvising characters, movement and FUN!!
4:30-5 pm
Showtime Cadets, ages 7-9, Improv, dance, songs, stories creating characters, costumes, props and FUN!!
NO CLASSES during school vacation or snow days.
MORE at our website: riverfrontkids.blogspot.com
or "like" "Riverfront Children's Theatre" on FACEBOOK.
Riverfront Children's Theatre is a 501 (c)3 member of the Community Foundation.
Questions? call 978-320-1335 OR email sallycragin@verizon.net

Riverfront Children's Theatre began in 2011 founded by Janet Cragin and Sally Cragin to bring original musical theater to the north Worcester county area. We make theater WITH children, BY children, FOR children.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Summer Schedule....

Saturday, June 27, 10:30 am-11:45 pm, FAMILY IMPROV WORKSHOP, Fitchburg Library, 610 Main Street, Fitchburg. FREE!! Age 4-9 is 10:30-11; age 10 and up 11-11:45 am. Costumes, props, fun.....

FRIDAY, JULY 17, Winchendon, The Gazebo, 6:30 to 8 pm

Saturday, July 18, noon to 3 pm "Art In The Park," Gateway Park, Shelton St, Fitchburg." RCT will do an Improv Theatre Workshop from noon to 1 pm; from 1 to 3 pm, artists will be on hand with supplies to mentor artists young and older drawing the flowers and other plants in the garden. FREE.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

FITCHBURG – Riverfront Children's Theatre presents the “Spring Showcase” featuring an original comedy: “Three Billy Goats BLUFF” on Saturday, March 28, at 1 pm at Fitchburg Library. The show is free and will be followed by a reception. “We have actors ranging from age 4 to pre-teen,” explains director Sally Cragin. “This year, I had a group of very ambitious seven to nine year olds, and creating a new version of the “Three Billy Goats” play was a great idea. I was able to create parts tailored for each of the young actors.”
The Showcase will begin with a revue by the Rainbow Kids, actors age four to age six. The production will be followed by a Family Improv Workshop, during which time audience members are invited to participate.

The cast includes: Camila Marino, Jet Cragin Warner, Frank and Georgie Gallo, Maiya and Autumn Tellier, Jessie Worthley of Fitchburg; Zayvion (Ziggy) Hart and Rocket Murphy of Lunenburg, Aaliyah Gunsalus of Westminster, Thalia Pires of Leominster, Antonia Duteau-Young of Rindge, Sadie Leonard of Leominster. RCT student assistants this year were Alicia Giannetti and Dylan Dandy of Fitchburg and Neve Pires of Leominster. Riverfront Children's Theatre is supported by Fitchburg Public Library and the Fitchburg Cultural Council. For more information, email sallycragin@verizon.net, or stop in at the Library.