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 begin an endeavor that will provide a gathering place for all ages to share and experience events that will be funny, beautiful, moving, thought-provoking, and perhaps a momentary escape 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 is a non-profit 501c3 organization and 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 is moving this upcoming season from downtown Pulaski to downtown Draper, and will be establishing the Draper Mercantile and Trading Company as the home base for future performances.
Founder and Executive Director of the New River Valley Regional Theatre, Robin Brooke, has been operating the theatre company from the Pulaski Theatre in downtown Pulaski for a year and a half now, hosting everything from plays to radio shows with live audiences that came from different areas in the region, or listened in to the live Radio Show stream from as far away as England.
NRVRT is a non-profit 501c3 and has relied upon donors and sponsors who 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. 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:
October 18th and 19th Murder at the Merc- Mangia Mangia Murder!
If you liked our 1930’s Hollywood Murder Mystery, you’ll love this Italian Mafioso Comedy Mystery!
Reservations Required. (540) 994-5659 Ext 4
Dinner/Show and Show only tickets available.
October 25th The NRV Radio Show
7:00-9:00pm featuring GATE 10!
Guest Host: David Horton
November 23rd (7pm) and 24th (6:30pm) 1619! Evolution of a New World
Step back in time as the historic Draper Mercantile becomes a tavern in early 17th century Virginia. Mulled wine, Cider, Artisan bread, cheeses, and more make up the menu as professional actors of the New River Valley Regional Theatre engage you, the audience, in a live interactive theatre production commemorating several important events in Virginia in 1619 that have shaped our world today. You won't want to miss the historical costumes, music of the time, food, drink, and dance, as professional actors narrate and move effortlessly within different roles to portray events that shaped the foundation of the United States.
For Information and Reservations Call: (540) 994-5659 Ext 4