RiverStage Community Theatre expands attractions this year

LEWISBURG — GreenSpace isn’t a name that is typically associated with a theatre. But in Lewisburg it is.

That’s because the old Lewisburg High School, 815 Market St., is currently owned by Greenspace Properties, LLC., who have renamed the building the “Greenspace Center” to reflect the company’s name.

Beginning in Jan. 2017, RiverStage Community Theatre leased the portion of the building including the stage, auditorium, shop and storage room from Greenspace Properties.

Jove Graham, President of RiverStage Community Theatre, confirms that the theater group had long been searching for a permanent base of operations.

Reportedly, this was the culmination of a multi-year collaboration between Greenspace Properties and other area organizations, including RiverStage, to formulate the proposal that was submitted to the Lewisburg School District which evidentially accepted the proposed purchase.

Although RiverStage Community Theatre is only one of the “leaseholders” to occupy the building, Jove Graham confirms the genuine enthusiasm that the community theater group experiences in having their own home.

The other tenants include a children’s museum, a catering company, a physical therapy business, a ballet studio and the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority.

Since its founding in 2003, RiverStage was required to audition, rehearse and stage its productions in a variety of venues, but in announcing the 2018-19 season, it’s apparent that the theater group is able to expand both the number and scope of its attractions.

RiverStage hosted its first theater camp at the Greenspace Center this summer, with a youthful cast presenting “I Hate Hamlet” for one weekend in early August.

This was also the site of Matthew Lysiak’s recent auditions for “Heidi’s Monkeys” (which has previously been staged at Williamsport’s Pajama Factory). This year’s production will be presented at the Greenspace Center on Oct.26-28.

RiverStage is authorized and has rented its auditorium to other third party organizations, with requests considered on a first come, first served basis.

Venturing into musical theater, RiverStage is forging ahead with two musicals: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” to be presented in September, with “Mama Mia” scheduled for the spring of 2019.

The fall production in November will be “Who Am I This Time? And Other Conundrums of Love,” which is based upon the stories of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

As a holiday attraction, RiverStage will co-produce with its “neighbor” Strictly Ballet a community Nutcracker production on Dec. 15.

With a single spot to hold auditions, conduct rehearsals, and to mount productions in their own home, RiverStage Community Theatre anticipates that Greenspace Center will prove to be the right home to stage a growing number of shows in the years ahead.

For more information or tickets call 570-989-0848 or visit riverstagetheatre.org.