River City Theatre Company

RCTC is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit young people's theatre company intended to instill a lifelong appreciation of the arts particularly in musical theater. The RCTC experience is designed to teach new skills, instill confidence, promote self-esteem, teamwork, and develop a love for theatre that will last a lifetime in this supportive workshop environment.

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Address: PO Box 191263
Sacramento, CA 95819-1263
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: John Iniguez
Contact Email: matthewyoungcpa@gmail.com
Primary Phone: 916-893-4481
Website: http://www.rivercitytheatre.org
River City Theatre Company (RCTC) started in 1990 when a well known dance choreographer, Ron Cisneros, and Co-Founder parent, John Iniguez, came together to create an organization that would allow children ages 6-18, from 1st through 12th grades to perform classical and new musicals without having to audition. What a great concept! Join and you could be on stage! What started as a small organization has become a well-known sustainable theatre organization in Sacramento and continues today. RCTC performs two or three productions each year, or at least 16 shows, for audiences close to 10,000 annually. Now in its 2018-2019 season (29th season), in 2015, RCTC celebrated it's 25th Anniversary year. In addition, each year RCTC's musical productions are nominated in various categories for Elly Awards (equivalent to a Tony Award for Broadway theatre) from the Sacramento Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA). For 2017-2018, RCTC, its artistic staff, and several cast members were nominated for a total of eight (8) Elly Awards, and winning Best Costume Design for RCTC's Spring 2018 production of Disney's The Lion King Jr.
As an all-volunteer youth musical theatre company, we are constantly looking for ways to replace our capital equipment to provide our cast and audience the opportunity to participate in and see live musical theatre. This would include scholarship funding for under-privileged and financially challenged cast members and schools ($4,000), replacement of aged lighting equipment ($2,000), and upgrades to the Hiram Johnson High School Theatre stage ($3,000). This year for the 2018-2019 season, we also seek donations towards our replacement of body microphones and the applicable related equipment that comes attached to it, to make it in compliance with FCC channel frequency standards in the coming years. ($10,000).
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Scholarship monies to fund the registration cost of under-privileged and financially challenged cast members. RCTC charges a registration fee of $300 per each cast member, per each production. This fee covers all operating costs of the production, including theatre rental, set and costume production, sound and lighting equipment maintenance, etc. RCTC strives to provide 10% of the total number of cast members with a registration waiver or "scholarship" based on financial need, by having a cast member complete a scholarship application form.
  2. Technology - Body microphones and applicable sound attachments. In the year 2020, the FCC will no longer allow entities to use certain channel frequencies in communication equipment, such as, walkie-talkies, microphones, and other sound equipment that rely on communicating on a certain channel frequency. Theatre companies across the United States will be forced to replace their existing body microphones with newer versions using newer and available channel frequencies. This will be expensive, as a professional level microphones and its applicable related attachments to make it work can cost between $500 to $1,000 each. RCTC needs to replace about 30 microphones.
  3. Technology - Lighting equipment, especially theatre quality specialty light bulbs. These type of light bulbs for professional stage use can cost up to $100 each and up.
  4. Technology - The Hiram Johnson High School theatre was built in the 1960's. It is in need of upgrades to the stage floor surface and to surrounding areas around the stage. The Sacramento City Unified School District is in financial trouble, currently has a $27 million budget deficit and cannot afford to make these upgrades. It is dependent on private entities to make upgrades to school property.
  5. Funding: Unrestricted - Unrestricted cash donations.
"River City Theatre Company (RCTC) is completely unique and was one of the first of its kind in Sacramento. The founders of the organization came together based on their own children auditioning for roles in musical theatre productions in the community. They were sad when their children tried out for parts, did not get them and went home with tears in their eyes. The idea was, what if there was a theatre company that would take everybody...? Give all children an opportunity to be on stage, regardless if they auditioned... RCTC then sprung to life! Our shows have featured as many as 200 cast members per production. Of course, children are given the opportunity to audition for bigger roles or leads; however, everyone who is accepted into the workshop is on stage. EVERYONE. RCTC is also unique in that our cast performs with a live orchestra. And finally, we are all volunteer- run. This is a wonderful organization!" Sincerely, John Iniguez Executive Director and Founder River City Theatre Company
-- John Iniguez, Executive Director and Founder