BACKSTAGE ACCESS TESTIMONIALS
"The Backstage Access workshop on Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash far exceeded my initial expectations. It reinforced my love of the theater from first seeing my first Broadway production many years ago. I expected some behind-the-scenes glimpses into Riverside Theatre’s production process, but Jim VanValen made it personal, relevant, engaging, and energizing in a much larger sense by increasing my awareness of the many elements involved in the theatrical productions to create that magical experience which lasts long after the curtain comes down. The intimate classroom setting and interactive discussions between participants, company director, and leading actors—combined with the privilege of attending the final dress rehearsal—made this inaugural Backstage Access a truly memorable experience. I’ve recommended it to friends, and certainly plan on attending more sessions in the future. It’s just another feather in Riverside Theatre’s cap!" –Margaret V. Goembel
"Your class was great, and the instructor even better. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about taking it prior to the future productions. You can use my name as a very, very satisfied student. It exceeded my expectations.
Thanks again," –Byron Helgeson