The Readington Community Theatre
When Readington Community Theatre (RCT) was established in Readington Township in 2007, it chose as its logo a burgundy-colored hot air balloon, decorated with the age-old symbols of theatre - comedy and tragedy masks. Since 1963, Readington has been known as the site of the annual "Festival of Ballooning", held at Solberg Airport. The festival attracts visitors from far and wide, and the
theatre wished to identify with this well-known symbol associated with the township.
In its early years, the RC Theatre used the auditoriums in township schools and the Rockaway Reformed Church as venues for presentation of plays and music concert events. In 2011, the RCT reached agreement with the Polish American Citizens Club (PACC) to use its banquet hall to present shows. The theatre has used the PACC facility exclusively ever since that time.
Twice yearly, spring and fall, the RCT assembles a crew of volunteers who convert the PACC facility from a banquet room into a real, working theatre. The conversion is remarkable, requiring significant engineering, design and construction expertise. Set and stage materials including riser platforms, wall flats, lighting and sound equipment, costumes and props are stored both at the PACC and at a nearby barn owned by the Township of Readington.
The RCT is an independent, non/profit 501(c)3 organization.
Converting the Polish American Citizens Club's banquet space into a functioning theatre capable of providing a top notch stage for our cast and equally enjoyable experience for our patrons is not easy. Planning begins months ahead of time, with blueprints and diagrams of the stage area. The pieces for the set are then built (from scratch) and painted in our barn, and prepared for their journey to the PACC. Typically a few weeks before a show opens, RCT is able to take control of the space and begin the conversion. The stage is assembled and disassembled for each show the theatre performs. In addition, electronics such as lighting and sound must be carefully staged and calibrated. Our crew boasts veterans of the music and theatre community, including talented members who are currently working on Broadway in NYC. Our talented crew truly elevates the production value of RCT shows, and we are extremely grateful for their help. Enjoy the photo gallery above which showcases some of our crew's outstanding work, and remember, we can always use an extra pair of hands!