Friends of the Rivertown Theaters
Our mission is two-fold:
1: To give New Orleans area children the opportunity to attend and participate in high-quality theatrical productions with the goal of inspiring self-confidence, individual expression, and teamwork.
2: To improve, maintain, and raise awareness of the City of Kenner’s Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. This ensures the buildings are well equipped to continue serving the Greater New Orleans area as an outlet for quality family theatrical entertainment, as well as creating the opportunity for community families to learn about and participate in enriching theatrical experiences.
The Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts consists of the two buildings located at 325 Minor St, and 401 Lloyd Price in Kenner, LA, as well as the courtyard between them. Kenner's Rivertown area has been designated as a historical district, and these public buildings and property are owned by the City of Kenner. The Rivertown Theaters are intended to be used to present theatrical productions to the Kenner community as well as the Greater New Orleans area. The City of Kenner has contracted with a private, for-profit company, Theatre 13, who manages these buildings and produces theatrical stage productions. Although both Theatre 13 and the City of Kenner continue to invest in the buildings, the buildings are extremely old and there is an ever-growing list of necessary renovations, maintenance and theatrical equipment that are required to properly produce theatrical productions year-round.
Therefore, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization ‘Friends of the Rivertown Theaters’ was formed with the purpose of not only producing children's theatre, but to raise funds to purchase necessary theatrical equipment, maintain that equipment, pay for building renovations necessary to keep the buildings operational, beautification of the property, raising community awareness of the existence of the theaters and Kenner's Rivertown district, and offering opportunities to see and participate in theatrical productions.
Friends of the Rivertown Theaters currently produces 6 children’s theatre productions per year, involving hundreds of children and thousands of audience members. The organization also raises funds and awareness by selling tickets for its children’s shows, holding fundraising events at the theater, soliciting donations and sponsorships, and selling donated merchandise at events taking place at the theaters.
HOW FUNDS ARE USED
Funds raised by Friends of the Rivertown Theaters are used to present more children's theatrical productions, maintenance and renovations of the city-owned public buildings, and purchasing / maintaining theatrical equipment, thereby lessening the burdens of the city government. Any equipment purchases become the public property of the City of Kenner. Funds will also be used to offer scholarship opportunities for children in the community to participate in theater summer camps.