HOW WE GOT STARTED
After several years of visiting friends each autumn in the New River Valley, Robin Brooke, a professional stage and voice-over actress, fell in love with the area and decided to relocate from South Florida. With a goal of providing professional and quality live stage performances to the community and surrounding areas, Brooke, and new partner Karen Zucco-Melton, are continuing the mission toprovide great experiences that will be funny, beautiful,moving, thought-provoking, and perhaps a momentaryescape from life outside.
"We believe that theatre plays an important role in revitalizing a soul, a town, or an entire region."
The New River Valley Regional Theatre Company performs in different venues throughout the New River Valley with a new home base and partnership with the historic Draper Mercantile in Thee Draper Village. Follow our Facebook Page for current information at: New River Valley Regional Theatre.
Keep an eye on us as we grow and evolve, providing a variety of shows as well as a monthly live radio show, classes, workshops, and many wonderful surprises to keep the entire New River Valley entertained and enlightened!
The New River Valley Regional Theatre has moved this season from downtown Pulaski to downtown Draper, and has established the Draper Mercantile and Trading Company as the home base for all future performances.
Founder and Executive Director of the New River Valley Regional Theatre, Robin Brooke, had been operating the theatre company from the Pulaski Theatre in downtown Pulaski for a year and a half, hosting everything from plays to staged radio shows which stream live and podcast. Brooke added a new partner, Karen Zucco-Melton, and NRVRT is now steadily growing it's audience in the NRV region and beyond.
NRVRT relies on sponsors and donors who have graciously enabled an impressive first season with shows like Always Patsy Cline, Forever Plaid, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, Love Letters, and Holiday Magic, an original Christmas show written specifically for the area. With a strong second season at the historic Draper Mercantile, NRVRT brought such shows as the historic 1619! Evolution of a New World, which received great acclaim throughout the region, as well as a sold out run of Steel Magnolias. They have also sold out crowds for their creative, immersive, and clever period Murder Mysteries, and their original and zany Daisy's Redneck Wedding, which is continuing to grow in popularity. Sponsors are always needed as union actors, Licensing, and Royalties are not inexpensive and can take costs to another level.
"I love the Pulaski Theatre”, Brooke says. “It is such an amazing venue. We were so lucky to perform there and are so thankful to The Friends of the Pulaski Theatre for letting us share their space. But after a year of shows with an inability to get enough audience in to cover our costs, we had to make a tough financial decision. The beauty of Thee Draper Village is that we're only 12 minutes away from Pulaski," she said. "People that have come to know us can still see us. Everyone at the Mercantile has been so warm, positive, and forward thinking. As entrepreneurs we know we must morph whenever we hit a wall and we hope moving to this smaller, vibrant, amazing village will benefit all of our businesses as well as the communities here in Pulaski County."
The Radio Show will continue, now rebranded as The NRV Radio Show, at the Draper Mercantile, with one minor change: instead of the fourth Saturday of each month, they'll occur every fourth Friday. The first show of the season in the new location, will be launched on September 27th, with the ever popular After Jack as the guest band. Ticket prices remain at 15.00, with the show running from 7pm-9pm. The Mercantile will also have a few light dinner options for those wanting to make a fun evening out. Wine and beer are also available in addition to intermission snacks.
The shows will be smaller, yet still providing an evening of high quality professional theatre, with a variety of interactive styles, legitimate dramas, comedies, or musicals, where audiences can either have dinner or dessert, or perhaps wine and cheese, to provide for a well-rounded evening out.
For now, the New River Valley Regional Theatre is shifting gears and still going strong. Our team is excited to work with the powerful group of creative collaborators at the Mercantile and in the Village. “Change can be a challenge at first. But our excitement is growing. The great energy hereis palpable.” Brooke and her team continue to play their parts not only on stage, but in their community, one show at a time.
Coming to the Draper Mercantile:
April 17th and 18th DAISY'S REDNECK WEDDING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
PLEASE STAY HOME! STAY SAFE! We will see you all soon!
Hi Everyone! In following with the recommendations of the CDC, we are very sorry to say that we must cancel our upcoming performances of Daisy’s Redneck Weddingon April 17th and 18th. Our original cast, returning by popular demand, is so disappointed not to bring crazy fun back to the historic Draper Mercantile this spring. Both NRVRT and the Mercantile wish to maintain the safety of our talented cast and musicians, the Mercantile staff, and to you-our wonderful audience members and patrons. For those who have already purchased tickets, the Mercantile will automatically process refunds.
We look forward to entertaining you once again in the near future. Until then, NRVRT and Thee Draper Village wish our audiences good health, peace, and safety in these uncertain times.
Be a guest at the craziest wedding ever! Watch the ceremony in the Chapel, then ride on a hay bale behind a tractor a few blocks to the reception at the Draper Mercantile. Dinner, Bar, dancing and live Bluegrass band! It's a real reception with a bouquet toss and wedding cake. The only difference is that all of the characters- wedding party, preacher, mother of the bride, granny, wedding planner, etc- are all played by professional actors! So come have fun and watch the #$%! hit the fan as laughs and chaos provide an evening of fun! Don't miss out on this very different evening of entertainment! Bring a group of friends or family, dress the part to join in the fun-and win a prize for best costume!
May 22nd The NRV Radio Show HAS BEEN CANCELLED
7:00-9:00pm featuring guest band: AFTER JACK
For Information and Reservations Call: (540) 994-5659 Ext 4