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3250 Riverside Park Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
United States

(772) 231-6990

Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL is a regionally producing theatre affiliated with Actor's Equity Association, The League of Resident Theatres, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists. Riverside Children's Theatre, the educational arm of Riverside, offers classes, camps, and training opportunities in the areas of theatre, dance, music, and video for all ages on a year round basis.


Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever

Music & Lyrics by The Bee Gees
Book by Nan Knighton, Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, Robert Stigwood
Based on Nik Cohen's 1975 New York Magazine article, "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night" and 1977 film, Saturday Night Fever

Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970's, where open shirts, bell-bottoms, and disco were all the rage.  Tony Manero, a talented street-wise kid from Brooklyn, yearns of escaping his dead-end job and becoming a "disco king" at the local club.  He meets a young lady who can help him achieve his dance dreams, but will she accept his advances and help him change his world?  Packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees including: "Stayin Alive," "You Should Be Dancing," "How Deep Is Your Love," and many more, Saturday Night Fever sizzles with a compelling story and explosive dance.


Friday, April 14, 2017, 11am and 2:00pm

Get an entertaining, story-filled tour backstage and see the set designs and props up close. Meet some of the talented people that make it all happen. Learn more about how the shows are created and brought to life on stage. The tours last roughly one hour, the cost is $5 per person / Free for Members ($100 or more).

Course Dates:  Meets Wednesdays 10:00am to 12noon (3/29, 4/5, & 4/12)  

This course will look at John Badham’s famous 1977 film as the source material for the stage musical.  Exploring the memorable images captured through the wardrobe of the period and the music of the Bee Gees, the class will celebrate platform shoes, polyester, and Brooklyn discotheques.  We will also look at the trend involving the transition of popular movies to stage versions where someone at some point uttered the phrase “You know what would make a good musical -- … “.  Along with our discussion of this particular play, this will also be an opportunity for the class to learn about the co-production between Riverside and Walnut Street and to hear from actors, directors, and designers about the challenges and possibilities that come from mounting a production in two different parts of the country.





"The new music, arrangements and back-up vocals make the dance numbers bigger and flashier”
–READ MORE FROM: Paige Van Antwerp, The Newsweekly

"Whether you grew up with disco or are just a fan of the hit movie, this musical doesn’t disappoint." 
–READ MORE FROM: Angela Smth, Special to Treasure Coast Newspapers

"The cast, especially lead characters sing with great verve and passion."


*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Samantha Alicandri (Extra) is thrilled to be a part of Saturday Night Fever! She is currently a Performance Apprentice here at Riverside and has played Mrs. Cartero in Flat Stanley and Gilda in Poodleful. Other favorite credits include: Macbeth in Macbeth is the New Black and Fantine in Les Miserables. Thank you to Richard, Ken and the cast and crew of SNF, as well as her family. Proud graduate of Western Carolina University with a BFA in Musical Theatre! 

Anthony Avino (Ensemble) is excited to make his Riverside Theatre debut! Regional: Singing in the Rain (Palace Theatre), West Side Story (Drury Lane), Saturday Night Fever (Westchester Broadway Theater). Other recent credits: Rocky Horror Show (Frank N’ Furter), Rent (Angel), Hair (Berger), and Lysistrata Jones (Uardo). He would like to thank Richard and everyone at The Riverside Theatre for this opportunity.  Love to Mom, Sister-Gia, BFF-Don, family and friends! Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. Follow on Instagram @AnthonyAvinoOnline. Peace and Love!

Sara Buscaino* (Ensemble, Assistant Choreographer) is thrilled to be back at Riverside! Her other credits include: Regional: Chicago (Associate Choreographer, Dance Captain, Riverside Theatre), Saturday Night Fever (Associate Choreographer, WBT), Memphis (Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre), Broadway Bares 26 (Hammerstein Ballroom). Workshop: Only Gold (Andy Blankenbuehler). Film: Annie: From Script to Stage (PBS). Concert: Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, Dance Iquail. Proud member of AEA. BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. Sarah would like to thank Richard and the entire creative team for their constant support. And to the Buscaino clan, Kev, and friends…I love you all endlessly. Learn more at @sarahbuscaino  

Nicole Colon* (Annette) is beyond thrilled to make her Riverside debut in Saturday Night Fever!  Favorite past credits include: National Tour: Legally Blonde, Fiddler on the Roof. NYC: My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Funeral, Queen Bees, Regional: West Side Story, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, High School Musical, All Shook Up, Les Miserables, Showboat, and more!  Huge thank you to everyone at the Riverside Theatre, the wonderful creative team, and this crazy cast for making performing each night a blast! Special shout out to everyone at ATB, along with my friends and family for their endless love and support!  @nicolecolon24,

Will Stephan Connell* (Bobby C) is thrilled to be making his Riverside debut with this cast and crew! He has performed on many stages in the Philadelphia area, including the Walnut Street Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, the Eagle Theatre, and more. Regional credits include: Assassins (John Hinckley), Next to Normal (Henry), Ragtime (Harry Houdini), and Into the Woods (Jack). Proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Much love and gratitude to friends and family, especially Laura P. 

Sarah Crane* (Ensemble) was born and raised in Miami, FL and is happy to be back in FL for her Riverside Theatre Debut! Favorite credits include: Annie Get Your Gun and Footloose (Fulton Opera House), West Side Story (Actors Playhouse), In the Heights and Big Fish (Speakeasy Stage Co.). Thank you to my family, Aaron, and DDO Artists Agency! 

Lauren Dalal (Ensemble) is excited and grateful to be making her Riverside Theatre debut! She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, class of 2015. Regional credits include: Footloose (MMC), The Magic of Rob Lake, A Chorus Line (Axelrod Performing Arts Center) and Saturday Night Fever (Westchester Broadway Theatre). She would like to thank Richard for this wonderful opportunity. Also, a special thanks to her family for their love and support.

Jōvan Dansberry* (Ensemble) is excited to be returning to Riverside Theatre and teaming up with Richard Stafford yet again. Coming off his third season at the Metropolitan Opera, Jōvan was recently recognized as a dancer soloist in Mary Zimmerman's production of Rusalka (Rat Familiar). TV and Corporate credits include: “Dancing with the Stars,” “MTV Video Music Awards,” L’ Oréal Paris, Target, Hermes Miami, and Swarovski. Tours/Theatre: Memphis, Saturday Night Fever, and Barbie LIVE! The Musical. Huge shout out to my agents at Bloc NYC, and much love to my family, friends, and the entire cast. Let's Groove!

Christopher deProphetis* (Ensemble, Frank Jr.) Tours: South Pacific (1st National/ Lincoln Center), Miss SaigonRent. Favorite Regional: Jerry in Full Monty (Human Race Theatre Company), Cable in South Pacific (Delaware Theatre Company), Chris in Miss Saigon (Actor's Playhouse), Emmett in Legally Blonde (Westchester B'way), Francis in Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (Walnut Street), Grantaire in Les Miserables (Pennsylvania Shakespeare). Christopher is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting in England.

Ben Dibble* (Monty) is a proud Philadelphia actor and an alumnus of The University of the Arts, making his Riverside debut! Career highlights: 70 productions, 14 Barrymore nominations, 3 Barrymore Awards, 1 incredible wife in Amy Dugas Brown, 3 fantastic Dibblets. Favorite roles include Leo Frank in Parade and Toad in Frog and Toad(Arden Theatre Co.), Elwood in Harvey and Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Walnut Street Theatre) and the title roles in Henry V(Lantern Theater) and Herringbone (Flashpoint Theatre Co.). Ben has been an Adjunct Assistant at UArts since 2010, where he teaches private voice lessons and performance classes. 


Andrew Eckert* (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to Riverside Theatre in Saturday Night Fever after performing in West Side Story as Diesel in 2015! Other credits include: Mary Poppins (National Tour, Walnut Street Theatre, TUTS), Hello, Dolly! (The MUNY), A Christmas Story (Walnut Street Theatre), Wizard of Oz (Walnut Street Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and Singin’ in the Rain (North Shore Music Theatre). Special thanks to Richard Stafford and endless love to Mom, Dad, Anne, Emily and Igor. BA: Wagner College. 

Billy D. Hart* (Ensemble) Happy to be back in sunny Vero Beach. Past credits include: Riverside Theatre (Memphis, Sister Act), Walnut Street Theatre (9 to 5, High Society, Christmas Story, South Pacific, Wizard of Oz), and the National Tour of Elf. Thanks to Richard and his families at the Riverside and Walnut Street Theatres. Love to TGRMBM.

Christopher Hlinka (Joey) is thrilled to be here at Riverside Theatre for the first time! Graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. Recent credits include: National Tour and John Engeman Theatre Mamma Mia! (Pepper), Saturday Night Fever Westchester Broadway (Joey). Off Broadway: The Awesome 80's Prom. He also writes and directs. Thank you Richard! To Grandma. Ig: Chlinka

Crystal Joy* (Ensemble, Candy)  Broadway: Motown the Musical (Martha Reeves). West End UK:  Hair The American Tribal-Love Rock Musical (Abie Baby). First National Tours: Legally Blonde the Musical (Pilar), Memphis the Musical (ens/ Felicia U/S). Regional: Dreamgirls (Lorrell) Helen Hayes Nominee, Marley the Musical (Judy), The Wiz (Dorothy). TV: “Vinyl” (HBO). Grateful for continued opportunities to be a storyteller. Love you Mommy and Daddy. 


Brandon Kalusa (Extra) is thrilled to be a part of this cast! He is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.A in Theatre, and a current Performance Apprentice at the theatre. Some of his recent credits at Riverside include: Nigel in Poodleful and Flat Stanley in Flat Stanley. Special thanks to Richard, and Ken for this wonderful opportunity! ROLL TIDE! 

Alexandra Matteo* (Stephanie Mangano) is thrilled to be making her Riverside debut, bringing this iconic story to life. Broadway/1st National Tours: Annie (u/s Grace, Lily, STB), Anything Goes, The Addams Family (u/s Wednesday), Dirty Dancing (u/s Baby, Lisa, Elizabeth). Regional: Goodspeed, The Muny, WBT. BFA from The Boston Conservatory. Thanks to her wonderful team at The Mine. She send all her love and gratitude to Jarrod, her amazing family and friends for their never-ending love and support in this crazy career. Proud AEA member. @alexandramatteo 

Kathryn Miller (Ensemble, Pauline) is happy to be making her Riverside debut!  Recent: Walnut Street Theatre: South Pacific (Ensemble), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy u/s), Freckleface Strawberry (Strawberry), A Christmas Carol (Belle)Mazeppa Productions – Sweet Charity (Rosie); The Carnegie – Company (Kathy), West Side Story (Consuelo), The Sound of Music (Liesl/Choreographer), Chicago (Annie); The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati - The Snow Queen (Princess Gerda). Walnut Street Theatre Acting Apprentice 2015-16. Graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Much love to my family for their endless support!

Joe Moeller* (Double J, Tony U/S) is ready to put on his boogie shoes and get down with this incredible cast in his Riverside debut!  You may have caught in the national tours of Mary Poppins (Northbrook) and Joseph... starring Diana Digarmo and Ace Young (Dan), Mamma Mia (Pepper) in Vegas and on Allure of the Seas, and in many regional productions across the country.  CCM Musical Theatre Alum.  He couldn't do any of this without the help of his friends, family, Aaron, Alice, Richard, DGRW, and everyone here at Riverside.  As always, this is dedicated to them!

Cristina Pines (Linda) is thrilled to be making her professional debut at Riverside Theatre!  Cristina is an eighth grader at Saint Edward's School.  She has performed in over 25 shows at Riverside Children's Theatre, including: Seussical Jr. (Cat), 13! The Musical (Malcolm), The Nutcracker, in Swingtime! (Nutcracker) and Lion King Jr. (Rafiki).  She would like to thank her teachers and directors for all their hard work and dedication, and she would like to give a special shout-out to her family for all of their love and support.

Kristyn Pope* (Ensemble)is thrilled to be a part of this co-production, with special thanks to Allen, Bernard, Mark, Brian, Richard, and the Riverside/Walnut families for this incredible opportunity! BA Psychology, Northwestern University. “I love you mom, my angel, and will always carry you in my heart. Also, Miss Miriam, thanks for the heavenly gift of dance on earth.” PS 100Agape.

Fran Prisco* (Ensemble, Frank Manero) couldn't be happier to be back! He appeared in Last season's Sister Act as Joey, and as multiple roles in Memphis in 2015. A Philadelphia native and resident, Fran has worked for most of his hometown's excellent theatre companies including The Arden, The Wilma, & Philadelphia Theatre Co. He is looking forward to taking this production back home to the Walnut St. Theatre, but not before he takes in all the beauty Vero Beach has to offer! Thanks for having me back! 

Sabrina Profitt* (Ensemble, Flo) is delighted to be back in the Sunshine State, making her Riverside Theatre debut. Previous Florida credits include The Asolo Rep and Florida Studio Theatre.  Other Regional credits include The Walnut Street Theatre, Syracuse Stage, InterAct Theatre, Luna Theatre, and The Guild Hall in East Hampton.  She received her MFA from Florida State University at the Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.  Sabrina looks forward to continuing her career in Philadelphia and wholeheartedly loving life with her three sensational daughters.  


Chris Robertson (Extra) is delighted to be a part of Saturday Night Fever at Riverside Theatre. A Jacksonville, Florida native, Chris graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music-Theatre. Before college he studied musical theater at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. For the past year he has been one of the lucky six Performances Apprentices at Riverside and was last seen in the children's shows Poodleful and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. Other professional credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Shenandoah, both at the Alhambra Dinner Theater in Jacksonville. Some of Chris' favorite past performances include Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, La Cage Aux Folles, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Parade, Les Misérables, and Reefer Madness. As always, he would like to thank his friends and family for their continued love and support.

Kerri Rose* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Riverside Theatre, where she has previously performed in Memphis, Grease, and The Boyfriend! TV/Film: “Vinyl,” “America's Got Talent,” “Gender Bender” (Chrissy), “The Knick.” Theatre: White Christmas (Rhoda), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), A Christmas Story, The Producers, and many more! A Massachusetts native, Kerri now resides in NYC. BFA- University of the Arts. Thanks to Richard Stafford for this opportunity, Bloc Talent Agency, Riverside and the Walnut, cast and crew! Love to my family, friends and Josh. 

Raynor Rubel (Gus) is excited to be making his Riverside Theatre debut.  Regional credits include Saturday Night Fever (Gus) at Westchester Broadway Theatre, NY and West Side Story (Big Deal) at Asolo Repertory Theatre, FL.  He has performed in seven seasons of New Jersey Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker in soloist roles including Fritz and Mouse King at Paper Mill Playhouse.  He teaches dance, drama, and martial arts to children with special needs for Pathways for Exceptional Children, a nationally funded non-profit organization.  He would like to thank his family, the crew and cast for their support.

Jacob Tischler* (Tony Manero) writes musicals, juggles, flips, cooks, and tells people he can’t play the piano. Prior work: Saturday Night Fever (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Hound of the Baskervilles (Northern Stage), The 39 Steps (New London Barn Playhouse), and Flashdance: The Musical (National Tour). His award winning original work, GRINDR: The Musical, will be produced internationally in the fall. BFA 2013 Carnegie Mellon. Thanks to Mom and Dad, manager Rashad Chambers, and director Richard Stafford for their support. Connect with Jacob at or Instagram: @yaycub.tischler

Mary Catherine Waltman (Extra) is thrilled to be a part of Saturday Night Fever! As a Riverside Theatre Performance Apprentice, Mary Catherine has performed in shows such as Flat Stanley (Mrs. Lambchop), The Yellow Boat (Mother, and Poodleful! The Musical (Pansy). Other favorite credits include: Urinetown (Little Sally), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), 42nd Street (Ethel), and The Countess of Storyville (Celine). The University of Alabama BA in Musical Theatre. Roll tide! 


Director, Choreographer: Richard Stafford
Music Director: Ken Clifton 
Scenic Designer: Peter Barbieri
Lighting Designer: Jack Mehler 
Original Costumes Designed By: Michael Bottari & Ronald Case
Costumes Coordinated By: 
Gail Baldoni
Wig Designer: Dave Bova
Sound Designer: Craig Beyrooti
Casting: Wojcik | Seay Casting
Stage Manager: Amy M. Bertacini*
Assistant Stage Manager: Rebekah Church