By Pam Harbaugh, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, for SouthFloridaReporter.com, Sept 5, 2015 – It may be a sleepy seaside town, but Vero Beach comes alive when the curtain goes up at Riverside Theatre, the largest, independent regional theater in Florida.
Situated in Riverside Park along the scenic Indian River, Riverside Theatre may reside in a sub-tropical paradise, but it is a professional regional theater known for its Broadway-quality shows.
“Non-profit professional regional theaters were created in this country as an alternative to the commercial ventures of Broadway and touring productions,” said Riverside’s CEO and producing director Allen D. Cornell. “Riverside is a dynamic artistic enterprise that creates original versions of the shows we select for our stages. With a highly talented staff of craftsmen, supported by the leadership of our Board of Directors and administrators, each season we strive to progressively raise the bar.”
Indeed. Its two stages delight audiences with talent and production values. Big shows have big budgets nudging the $1 million threshold and resulting in lavish productions like 42nd Street, West Side Story and The Producers. Add to that acclaimed Broadway dramas like Copenhagen and Red.