For many years I had a dream of starting a community theatre in a small town, similar to the one where I grew up. Since my husband Donnie and I had been longing for a change, last July we moved to Harriman, a town in rural East Tennessee, and began the Three Rivers Theatre Company.
With this community theatre, we not only provide performance opportunities for the community, but also theatre education for children and adults alike.
Our first community production, AND THE MOON STAYED (which was a world premiere of a new script), featured a cast made up entirely of people from Roane County and neighboring Cumberland, Anderson, and Morgan Counties. While preparing for the production, we also began conducting our first round of acting classes: "Broadway Kids" (for six to ten year olds) and "Intro to Acting" (for children ages eleven to 18).
We are currently in rehearsal for our next community theatre production, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, which includes a cast of six adults and 17 children from Roane, Morgan, and Rhea Counties. Performances will be open to the public, as well as two school matinees that will provide exposure to live theatre to over 300 children from Roane and surrounding counties.
We graciously acknowledge and greatly appreciate the generosity of the City of Harriman and Harriman Parks and Recreation Department for making these school matinees possible and for their partnership with us in our educational endeavors.
WE NEED YOUR HELP to continue to provide an outlet for creativity, artistic expression and growth for Roane County and East Tennessee. In 2020, our hope is to produce no less than six shows, with two of those featuring casts made entirely of children. We want to increase the number of classes we offer and add classes for adults. We hope to have a variety of other offerings like Mask class, scene study, college audition monologue and song prep, and acting for the camera. We also hope to offer a playwriting contest for teens.
Your financial support will provide materials for these classes, including: items like paper, pens, markers, mask building supplies, props, monologue books, play scripts, etc. It will also allow us to offer stipends for professional instructors.
On the performance side, your donations will help with needs such as props, costumes, sets and building materials, royalties for the licensing of Broadway-styled plays and musicals, and venue rental.
As we look to the future, we believe Harriman's economic growth will result in the city becoming a larger hub for tourism. We would like to play a signifiicant part of bringing that vision to life by bringing people together at the theatre .