President's Note: April 2019

To Our Riverbend Players

April 2019 already!  Spring is in full bloom at the coast.   Since my last writings, we have accomplished more than we’d hope and then some.  Highlights of note, in order of the most recent first are:

We finished the first successful round of auditions for our summer readers production, War of the Worlds by Howard E. Koch.   As we settle into the production schedule there will be more announcements about casting and rehearsals.  This famous (infamous?) radio play will be a thrill for the whole family and bring scary fun to the 2019 summer’s activities.  Look for further announcements.

We finished our off-season production of Four Weddings and an Elvis by Nancy Frick with great success.  We had a veteran director Jeff Slamal, a very supportive crew with Mary Marken in the booth and Linda Petersen leading back stage and a wonderful cast who put amazing energy into every performance.  The numbers bore witness to their effort: many patrons came from Nehalem Valley area and elsewhere to attend on of our five performances, and we broke attendance records a couple nights.   A huge thanks goes out to everyone involved and those at home who supported the cast and crew.

We have a new contract with NCRD that is more balanced and more flexible.  We couldn’t have done this important work without David Wiegan, Executive Director at NCRD and Mary Moran, PAC Coordinator.  NCRD and Riverbend Players now have a strong partnership with alignments around logistics, support and promotions that span further than we’ve ever been. With those positive efforts, our productions are seeing an increase in new attendees who have never been to NCRD’s Performing Arts Center and they like what they see.  Again, thank you David and Mary for supporting the Riverbend Players troupe.  We look forward to working on our productions with you in the future.

Lastly the board added two new members, Stephen Clark and Mike Arseneault.  Both are veterans of the stage, have years of theater management experience and are welcome additions to our already amazing board officers and members-at -large.  We will be losing one member in June as I will be leaving the board at the end of our fiscal year, July 1.  After three years, I have accomplished the goals I’ve set out so now is the time for new directions. I submit that out of all the volunteer gigs I’ve had, this troupe has been the best for so many reasons. I still plan to help with productions when I can; I love the scene design and fussing with lights.  I ask your support as the board transitions to new officers in July.

Going forward we’re working on new technologies to manage merchandising (when we get more branded items) new ways of producing plays that are both enabling and prevent volunteers from becoming over-whelmed, and possibly new courses on lighting, sound, directing and acting. 

Thank you so much for continuing to support Riverbend Players.


Tom Cocklin

President – Riverbend Players