The Riverside Center Dinner Theater and Conference Facility opened for business in 1998 at the intersection of Routes 95 and 17. A full meal is served before each show in a multi-level dining room with deep blue decor. Tables facing the raised stage can be set up for groups ranging in size from two to 24. Theatergoers are treated to standard musical fare: "My Fair Lady," "The King and I," "Hello, Dolly!" and the like. On weekend afternoons, a children's "Lunch 'n Show Theater" stages one-act, musical versions of fairy tales.
The production side of the dinner theater operates under the leadership of Rollin Wehman, who directs two of the four shows in the season and also handles musical directing duties. The theater uses pre-taped music, played through a solid sound system, and performers wear wireless microphones, allowing everyone in the audience to hear clearly. The performers vary greatly in level of talent and experience, making the shows something of a mixed bag. But their repertoire is solid.
-- Brad Hathaway