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Blackstone River Theatre Mission

The mission of Blackstone River Theatre is:
  1. to present the performing and visual arts;
  2. to offer arts education; and
  3. to preserve and support diverse traditions of music, dance and visual arts, with an emphasis on those groups that settled in the Blackstone River Valley.

As a cultural arts center, the heritage of the Blackstone River Valley, as well as world music, acoustic blues and more, have found a home at Blackstone River Theatre. In addition to concert programming, BRT presents children's shows, participatory dances, and an Art Gallery of rotating work that showcases local artists.

As an arts education center, BRT offers the opportunity for members of the community to actively engage the arts through Heritage Arts Studio classes. Believing that the arts help cultures connect, Blackstone River Theatre is dedicated to improving arts awareness and providing performance opportunities for diverse participants. BRT encourages arts engagement that is broad and active.

As a community center, BRT rents out its space for both public and private functions. Events that have taken place include ESL and women's self-defense classes; arts, environmental and preservation workshops; public forums on education and youth leadership; and birthday, wedding and anniversary celebrations.

Blackstone River Theatre, across from the old Ann & Hope Mill on Broad Street in Cumberland, is the former site of the Unity Masonic Lodge. Built in 1928 and abandoned in 1987, the brick structure has been and continues to be renovated for use as a nonprofit cultural arts and community center. Spearheaded by members of the Rhode Island-based music ensemble Pendragon, the Theatre also provide arts education and instruction through its Heritage Arts Studio initiative.

After an initial four-year, all-volunteer renovation effort, BRT has been open for performances since September, 2000. Renovations and improvements are ongoing. Future plans include the renovation of another large performance area as well as office/meeting space on the building's third floor. This effort will include the purchase and installation of a handicapped-accessible elevator and other necessary upgrades and improvements. The theater, like all Rhode Island places of assembly, has continued to upgrade our fire alarm system and evacuation equipment to adhere to the new state guidelines.




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BRT History

In 1996, a vision for enhancing the quality of life for residents of the Blackstone Valley was born. The challenge was to turn an abandoned, heavily vandalized historic building into the new home of the Blackstone River Theatre - a nonprofit cultural arts center where the music, dance and folk arts traditions of the Blackstone River Valley come to life.

Since July, 1996, when Blackstone River Theatre took over the former Unity Masonic Lodge at 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, it has been painstakingly transformed from a building targeted for demolition into what is now one of the brightest spots in the Valley. The renovation work was spearheaded by Russell Gusetti and Bob Drouin of the RI-based music ensemble Pendragon who coordinated a small but dedicated group of volunteers with financial support provided by the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, the Town of Cumberland, and several local businesses.

Enthusiastic support of the BRT by the Town of Cumberland is evidenced by a new 15-year lease from the Town (as owner of the building) signed in 2002.

Volunteer efforts since mid-1996 now total more than 30,000 hours and have averaged more than 2000 volunteer hours per year since reopening

In order to advance the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor's cultural interpretation mission, the Blackstone River Theatre presents programming that links interpretation of Valley culture to the traditional/folk arts agenda of the theatre. Though many people associate the word culture with only the fine arts, an anthropological view reminds us that culture embodies every activity in which we as individuals, families, communities and countries engage. The traditional and folk arts, handed down from one generation to the next over time and place, are a most powerful vehicle for conveying the legacy of a community. Giving a space for this to happen is the mission of the Blackstone River Theatre.




Past Performers

Blackstone River Theatre programming strives to bring the best in national, international, regional and local music to its stage, emphasizing the folk music traditions of those groups that settled in the Blackstone River Valley.

From 1995-mid 1996, BRT presented over 100 concerts and special events at our old Central Falls location including:

  • Cherish The Ladies
  • Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies
  • Tommy Makem
  • Karan Casey
  • Dave Van Ronk
  • Pendragon
  • Chanterelle
  • Atwater-Donnelly
  • Paul Geremia
  • Dick Gaughan
  • Tony Trischka & Skyline
  • David Mallett
  • Tony Cuffe
  • Northern Lights
  • Craobh Rua
  • Jack Hardy
  • Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill
  • The Battlefield Band
  • Nomos
  • and many others.


The following is a list of performers who have played at Blackstone River Theatre's new home in Cumberland since reopening in September, 2000.

2000
  • The Ken Lyon Band
  • David Mallett
  • The "New" House Band
  • The Jack Hardy Band
  • Harvey Reid
  • Aine Minogue
  • Skip Healy
  • Pendragon with Bridget Fitzgerald
  • The Windbags
  • Compass Rose
  • Atwater-Donnelly
  • The Karan Casey Band
  • Sean Tyrrell
  • Paul Geremia
  • Josee Vachon


Children's Programming
  • "Allison and the Blackstone" with Marc Levitt and Pendragon
  • Rosalita's Puppets
  • Marvelous Marvin's "The Magic of Science"


2001
  • Viva Quetzal
  • Kevin Burke
  • Ockham's Razor
  • Matapat
  • Pendragon
  • The Ken Lyon Band
  • Windharp
  • Tony Cuffe
  • Kathleen Guilday and Laurel Martin
  • Dave Van Ronk
  • Martin Carthy
  • Kelley Lennon Schimmel
  • Yarina
  • Josee Vachon
  • Aine Minogue
  • John Renbourn
  • Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain
  • Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies
  • Craobh Rua
  • Northern Lights
  • The Zorgina Vocal Ensemble
  • The Neon Valley Boys
  • Daithi Sproule and Randal Bays
  • James Keelaghan and Jez Lowe
  • Robin Huw Bowen with Sue Jones-Davies
  • Atwater-Donnelly
  • Pendragon
  • Harvey Reid
  • Marilyn Mair
  • Steven Jobe
  • Dick Gaughan
  • The Robbie O'Connell Band

  • Dervish
  • The Kim Trusty Band
  • The Howard Fishman Quartet
  • The Small-Torres Guitar Duo
  • The Smoking Jackets
  • Eric Anderson
  • The Jennifer Roland Band
  • Brenga Astur
  • The Jack Hardy Band
  • Cuareto de Plectro Assai
  • Plainfolk
  • Cliff Haslam and Compass Rose
  • Hurricane
  • Skip Healy
  • Johnny Cunningham


Children's Programming
  • Perishable Theatre's "Eco-Spy"
  • Marvelous Marvin's "How the Body Works"
  • "Johnny Appleseed" with Marc Levitt
  • Keith Munslow's "Can't Sit Still"
  • Aubrey Atwater with Traditonal Music for Kids
  • "Tales of an October Moon" with Marc Levitt
  • Rosalita's Puppets'
  • "Jill and the Beanstalk"
  • Sea Music for Children with Dave Peloquin and Everett Brown
  • "Allison and the Blackstone" with Marc Levitt and Pendragon
  • Perishable Theatre's "Invasion of the Homogenoids"


2002
  • Gabriel Yacoub
  • Broderick
  • Rocky Hollow
  • The Smoking Jackets
  • Bill Petterson
  • Windharp
  • Hurricane
  • Yarina
  • The Angel Band
  • The Jack Hardy Band
  • Pendragon with Skip Healy and step dancers Kevin Doyle and Kieran Jordan
  • The Karan Casey Band
  • Paul Geremia
  • Magical Strings
  • John Renbourn
  • Fairport Convention
  • John Sherman and David Surette
  • Tempest
  • Josee Vachon
  • Hillbilly Voodoo
  • Kerri Powers
  • The Jennifer Roland Band
  • The Ken Lyon Band
  • Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem
  • The Cathie Ryan Band
  • The Kim Trusty Band
  • Brian McNeill
  • Mac McHale and the Old Time Radio Gang
  • Solas
  • Matt Haimovitz
  • Mary Ann Rossoni
  • Dan Lilley
  • Bohola
  • The Neon Valley Boys
  • Chanterelle featuring Josee Vachon
  • The Robbie O'Connell Band
  • The North Star Jazz Ensemble and The Woodvale String Quartet
  • Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen


Children's Programming
  • Keith Munslow's "Weird Kid in the Class"
  • Sea Music for Children with Dave Peloquin and Everett Brown
  • Rosalita's Puppets' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Dragon"
  • "Allison and the Blackstone" with Marc Levitt and Pendragon
  • Aubrey Atwater with Traditional Music for Kids
  • Rosalita's Puppets' "In Search of the Unicorn"
  • Rosalita's Puppets' "Sea Story"
  • Keith Munslow's Children's Show
  • Marvelous Marvin's "The Magic of Science"


2003
  • Fairport Convention with Equation
  • Cherish The Ladies
  • Harvey Reid
  • The Hatfield-McCoy Trio
  • Little Johnny England
  • The Ken Lyon Band
  • Patty Larkin
  • Old Blind Dogs
  • North Sea Gas
  • Liz Carroll and Daithi Sproule
  • The Cathie Ryan Band
  • RISA Rhode Island Songwriters Night
  • The Faire Winds Tour
  • The Beans
  • Hanneke Cassel Band
  • The Neon Valley Boys
  • Frankie and Sean Gavin
  • John Fuzek
  • Keith Munslow and Pam Murray
  • Robbie O'Connell
  • Joyce Andersen
  • The Alleged Ceili Band
  • Kerri Powers
  • Chris Turner
  • Thom Enright and Marty Ballou
  • Atwater-Donnelly
  • Stefan Couture and the Campfire Orchestra
  • Broderick
  • Aoife Clancy and Flynn Cohen
  • Aine Minogue
  • Pendragon with Skip Healy
  • Kevin Doyle and Kieran Jordan
  • The John Whelan Band
  • Sol y Canto


Children's Programming
  • Perishable Theatre's "The Door Inside the Book"
  • "The Legend of Johnny Appleseed" with Marc Levitt
  • The Toe Jam Puppet Band
  • The Bill Harley Family Show
  • Aubrey Atwater with Traditional Music for Kids
  • Marvelous Marvin's "The Magic of Science"


2004
  • Atwater-Donnelly
  • Phønix
  • Windharp
  • The Robbie O'Connell Band
  • bohola
  • Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies
  • The Laura Cortese Band
  • Bill Petterson/Kerri Powers
  • The Angel Band
  • Eire Japan
  • Beolach
  • Pendragon
  • Paul Geremia/Martin Grosswendt
  • Chanterelle featuring Josee Vachon
  • Cillian and Niall Vallely
  • Joyce Andersen/David Francey
  • The Jennifer Roland Band
  • Tempest
  • Magnolia
  • Niamh Parsons with Graham Dunne
  • Andy Irvine with Rens van der Zalm
  • The Alleged Ceili Band
  • Iona
  • The Ken Lyon Band
  • Lisa Moscatiello and Rosie Shipley
  • Sara Milonovich and Greg Anderson
  • North Sea Gas
  • Andy M. Stewart & Gerry O'Beirne
  • The Highwaymen
  • The Sprigs - Brendan Bulger & Billy Knox
  • Classical Cellist Matt Haimovitz
  • Bretons & Co.
  • Siúcra
  • The Hanneke Cassel Band
  • The Neon Valley Boys
  • James Keelaghan & David Francey
  • Mick Moloney, Robbie O'Connell and Dana Lyn
  • The Duke Robillard Band
  • Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen


Children's Programming
  • Rosalita's Puppets "Winter Wonderland"
  • Keith Munslow
  • Aubrey Atwater - Traditional Music for Children
  • Marvelous Marvin's "The Magic of Science"
  • "Allison and the Blackstone" by Marc Levitt and Pendragon
  • Bill Harley
  • Rosalita's Puppets "Mrs. Claus and The Ice Queen"


2005
  • Nightingale
  • Pendragon
  • Fuego Flamenco
  • RI Songwriters Assoc. Showcase
  • Bohola
  • Aine Minogue
  • Laura Cortese/The McKassons
  • The Polyjesters
  • Superchief Trio
  • Tommy Sands
  • Inca Sun
  • Siucra
  • Celtic Fiddle Festival
  • Windharp
  • Ed Gerhard/Peter Janson
  • Le Bon Vent
  • Jamie Laval & Hans York
  • Paddy Keenan
  • John Renbourn & Jacqui Mcshee
  • Ken Lyon and The Shoe-Fly Band
  • Craobh Rua
  • Rory Raven Mentalist Show
  • The Karan Casey Band
  • Indian Classical Music - Dr. Sangeeta Shankar
  • Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem
  • Wilson Montuori and Livio Guardi
  • Battlefield Band
  • Indian Classical Music - Ramesh Misra and Shri Nitin Mitta
  • Ditt Ditt Darium
  • North Sea Gas
  • Duke Robillard Band
  • Paul Rishell & Annie Raines/Martin Grosswendt
  • Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
  • Aoife Clancy
  • Roomful of Blues
  • Liz Carroll and John Doyle
  • Wildest Dreams
  • The Highwaymen
  • Raquy and the Cavemen
  • Joyce Katzberg and The Kat'z Meow
  • Eric Bogle
  • Indian Classical Music - Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar
  • Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen
  • Howard Fishman Quartet
  • Lissa Schneckenburger/Late Bloomers
  • Fezziwig's House Party


Children's Programming Other Programming Art Exhibits
  • "The Snow Queen" Clare Vadeboncoeur
  • The Toe Jam Puppet Band
  • Storyteller Valerie Tutson
  • Marvelous Marvin and Jubilant JD
  • Keith Munslow
  • Big Nazo Band
  • Turtle Talk
  • Storyteller Mark Binder


  • Drum and Dance Circles
  • ESL Classes
  • R.A.D. Instructor Training
  • Irish Ceili & Set Dances w/ The Alleged Ceili Band
  • Fusionworks Fund-Raiser
  • Valley Breeze Good Neighbors Award Night
  • Looking Glass Theatre Summer Performing Arts Camp for Children
  • Footsteps in History - BVTC event


  • Jim Draper
  • Philip Palombo
  • RiverzEdge Arts Project Exhibit
  • Bob Jungles
  • Emily Lisker
  • Stefan Couture
  • Erminio Pinque
  • Judy Beauchemin


2006
  • Mentalist & Mindbender Rory Raven
  • Pipeline
  • The Bohemian Quartet
  • The Atwater-Donnelly Trio
  • The Pegheads
  • Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies
  • Mick Moloney, Robbie O'Connell and John Doyle
  • Matt & Shannon Heaton/The McKassons
  • Ken Lyon and The Skeleton Crew
  • Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill
  • Chanterelle featuring Josee Vachon
  • Pendragon
  • Genticorum - Traditional Quebecois Music
  • The Wiyos/Marjorie Thompson
  • Lunasa
  • Indian Classical Music Concert with Ustad Irshad Khan & Shri Nitin Mitta
  • Bellevue Cadillac
  • Jamie Laval
  • Yarina - Music and Dance of the Andes
  • Beolach
  • Patty Larkin
  • Aine Minogue
  • Hanneke Cassel
  • Superchief Trio
  • Indian Classical Music Concert - Dr. N. Rajam, Dr. Sangeeta Shankar & granddaughters
  • Bill Petterson and Mark Cutler
  • The Deltabilly Duo/Michael Pickett
  • Nightingale
  • The Highwaymen
  • Craobh Rua
  • North Indian Classical music with Shruti Sadolikar - Katkar
  • The Bohemian Quartet
  • The Tannahill Weavers
  • Inca Son - Music & Dance of The Andes
  • North Sea Gas
  • David Francey
  • Crasdant - Music and dance from Wales
  • Roomful of Blues
  • The New England Mandolin Ensemble/The Pioneer Consort
  • Jay Bolotin and Ken Lyon
  • Paddy Keenan, Billy Kelly, Peter Molloy
  • An Evening of Ocean State Songwriters
  • The Duke Robillard Band
  • BRT Homecoming Concert & Silent Auction
  • Paul Geremia and Martin Grosswendt
  • Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen Holiday Show


Children's Programming Other Programming Art Exhibits
  • Rosalita's Puppets - "The Enchanted Forest"
  • The Toe Jam Puppet Band's Winter Variety Show
  • Aubrey Atwater - Traditional Music for Children
  • Bill Harley - Family Show
  • Turtle Talk
  • Marvelous Marvin's "The Magic of Science"
  • Toe Jam Puppet Band Halloween Spooktacular
  • Keith Munslow - Words, Music and Pictures
  • Rosalita's Puppets - "Mrs. Claus and the Ice Queen"


  • ESL Classes
  • Irish Step Dance Classes for Adults & Children
  • Drum & Dance Circles
  • Irish Ceili and Set Dance with The Alleged Ceili Band
  • Duke Robillard Guitar Seminar
  • Fiddle Classes
  • Tour Rhode Island - There's No Place Like Home
  • Celtic Relief Stone Carving in Limestone
  • Yoga Flow Classes
  • Blues Guitar Lessons with Duke Robillard
  • Fezziwig's House Party and Hearthside Candlelight Tour


  • Suzi Cozzens - curio boxes
  • Sheila O'Malley - Oil Paintings
  • Keri Kline - Watercolor Exhibit
  • Mark Taber - Found art sculptures
  • Ken Roberts - Photography


2007
  • The Atwater-Donnelly Trio
  • The April Verch Band
  • Trouz Bras - Music of Brittany
  • Bill Harley & Keith Munslow - "IDs Required"
  • Peter Janson & Friends
  • Bertrand Laurence/John Thibodeau & Barry Brown
  • Buille
  • Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
  • Adrian Legg
  • Battlefield Band
  • Cynthia MacLeod and Gordon Belsher
  • Karan Casey Band
  • Pendragon
  • Grand Derangement
  • Rupak Kulkarni & Aditya Kalyanpur
  • Lunasa
  • Maeve Donnelly with Tony McManus
  • Superchief Trio
  • Mentalist/Mindbender Rory Raven
  • Magical Strings
  • The Emily Smith Band
  • Mark & Beverly Davis/The Pioneer Consort
  • Chanterelle featuring Josee Vachon
  • Back of the Moon
  • Lissa Schneckenburger & Friends/Tripping Lily
  • Aine Minogue
  • The McDades
  • Red Molly
  • The Broad Street Ceili Band
  • Dougie MacLean
  • The Bohemian Quartet
  • North Sea Gas
  • New England Mandolin Ensemble featuring Carlo Aonzo
  • Mary Ann Rossoni
  • Kings of Strings featuring Jay Geils and Gerry Beaudoin
  • Jerimoth Hill
  • BRT Annual Homecoming Concert
  • The Highwaymen
  • Brooks Williams/Bertrand Laurence
  • An Evening of Ocean State Songwriters
  • Roomful of Blues
  • Patrick Ball
  • Stefan Couture
  • The Clancy Legacy Christmas Show - Aoife Clancy, Donal Clancy & Robbie O'Connell


Children's Programming Other Programming Art Exhibits
  • Bill Harley
  • Clare Vadeboncoeur - "Once Upon a Medieval Time"
  • Toe Jam Puppet Band
  • Keith Michael Johnson's "The Secret World of Bubbles"
  • Steve Roslonek - Stevesongs
  • Rosalita's Puppets - "Rosalita and the Giant Bugs"
  • Keith Munslow
  • Maria Sangiolo
  • Patrick Ball


  • Irish Step Dance Classes for Adults and Children
  • Drum & Dance Circles
  • Irish Ceili and Set Dances
  • Cajun Dance with Magnolia
  • Fezziwig's House Party
  • Blues Guitar Lessons with Duke Robillard
  • New England Foundation for the Arts Information Session
  • Duke Robillard Guitar Seminar
  • Blackstone River Theatre Celtic Festival


  • Pat & George Sargent Poster Exhibit
  • Watercolors by Jerry Aissis
  • Keith Munslow Art Exhibit
  • Neal Drobins glass sculptures
  • Paintings by Emily Lisker


2008
  • April Verch Band
  • Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill
  • Paul Geremia
  • Roomful of Blues
  • The Atwater-Donnelly Trio
  • Superchief Trio
  • The Dixie Diehards Jazz Band
  • Nerissa and Katryna Nields
  • Trouz Bras - Music of Brittany
  • The Cathie Ryan Band
  • Lunasa
  • The Hanneke Cassel Band
  • Karan Casey with Buille
  • Pendragon
  • Tricot Machine
  • Martin Grosswendt/John Thibodeau & Barry Brown
  • Chanterelle and the Beaudoin Legacy
  • Aine Minogue
  • Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen
  • Bill Harley and Keith Munslow "ID's Required"
  • Raquy and the Cavemen
  • Lissa Schneckenburger
  • Duke Robillard's Swing Guitar Extravaganza with Chris Flory
  • Brooks Williams
  • The Pegheads
  • The Barra MacNeils
  • The Stefan Couture Trio
  • Ken Lyon and Acoustic Tombstone
  • David Francey with Craig Werth
  • Matt and Shannon Heaton
  • Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies
  • Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers
  • David Mallett
  • Frigg - Nordic Folk Music
  • Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko - Africa to Appalachia: The Routes of the Banjo
  • The Highwaymen
  • Duke Robillard presents Sunny and Her Joy Boys
  • The Emerald Rae Trio
  • Bua
  • Forever Young Tribute Band
  • The Bohemian Quartet
  • BRT Homecoming Concert
  • Robbie O'Connell & Aoife Clancy Christmas Celebration
  • Musical Tribute to Conrad Depot
  • BRT 8th Anniversary & Pendragon 25th Anniversary Concert


Children's Programming Other Programming Art Exhibits
  • Rosalita's Puppets - "The Sea Story"
  • Toe Jam Puppet Band Pirate Show
  • Marvelous Marvin's "How The Body Works"
  • Keith Michael Johnson's "Science Isn't Always Pretty"
  • Aubrey Atwater - Traditional Music for Children
  • Keith Munslow
  • Marvelous Marvin - Bugging Out
  • Rosalita's Puppets - Mrs. Claus and the Ice Queen


  • Blackstone River Theatre Celtic Festival
  • Mind Lab
  • Drum & Dance Circles
  • Adult and Children's Irish Step Dance Classes
  • Irish Ceili Dance with The Broad Street Ceili Band
  • French Fiddle and Step Dance Workshop
  • Dumbek Workshop
  • Tribal Belly Dance Workshop
  • Cumberland Summer Chessfest
  • Celtic Relief Stone Carving in Limestone
  • Contra Dance
  • Swing Dance with Superchief Trio
  • BRT Holiday Craft Fair and Fundraiser


  • Blues/Jazz Photographs by Michael Kurgansky
  • Pastels by Karole Nicholson
  • Acrylic Paintings by Margo Lemieux
  • Photography by Fionan O'Connell
  • Watercolors by Jerry Aissis
  • Collage Exhibit by Diane & George Sargent
  • Photographs of Ireland by Russell Gusetti


2009
  • The Wiyos/Bertrand Laurence
  • Genticorum - Music from Quebec
  • Cory Pesaturo
  • The Dixie Diehards Jazz Band
  • The Atwater-Donnelly Band
  • Matt & Shannon Heaton
  • The Bee Eaters
  • Sunny and Her Joy Boys featuring Duke Robillard
  • Malinky - Music from Scotland
  • Pendragon
  • Superchief Trio Swing Dance Party
  • Battlefield Band - Music from Scotland
  • The Nicolas Pellerin Band
  • John Thibodeau with Barry Brown
  • Northern Lights
  • Paul Geremia
  • Long Time Courting/Matt Heaton & Flynn Cohen
  • Maeve Donnelly with Tony McManus
  • Peppino D'Agostino
  • Chanterelle featuring Josee Vachon
  • Ken Lyon
  • North Sea Gas
  • The Gnomes
  • R.I Songwriters Showcase
  • Dougie MacLean
  • Stan Renard's Bohemian Quartet
  • Magnolia - Cajun Dance Party
  • Robbie O'Connell, Mick Moloney & Jimmy Keane
  • Emiliano Loconsolo Ensemble
  • Cheyenne Brown & Seylan Baxter
  • BRT Homecoming Concert and Silent Auction
  • Esthema World Fusion Ensemble
  • Treehouse Union featuring Stefan Couture
  • Patrick Ball - O'Carolan's Farewell to Music
  • Karan Casey with Buille
  • The Jeremy Kittel Band
  • Christmas in the Olden Time
  • Cherish the Ladies - Christmas Concert


Children's Programming Other Programming Art Exhibits
  • Toe Jam Puppet Band - Toe Jam in Outer Space


  • Mayor McKee's Inauguration Ceremony & Reception
  • Irish Set Dance with The Broad Street Ceili Band
  • Fiddle Classes
  • Irish Step Dance Classes
  • Broad Street Educational Series Workshop
  • Sen. Dan Connors Fundraiser
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Canal Meeting
  • Benefit Fund-Raiser B.A.A.M.(Because Art Always Matters)
  • Contra Dance with the French Connection
  • Rory Raven Mentalist and Mindbender
  • Duke Robillard Guitar Seminar
  • Drum & Dance Circle
  • Celtic Relief Stonecarving in Limestone
  • Gardening Workshop
  • RISCA Fall Grant Workshop
  • Whistle & Clogging Classes


  • Watercolor and Pastels by Rick Cradoza and Shelly Eager
  • Photography by Kevin Umlauf
  • Photography Exhibit - Cindy Peloquin
  • Collage Exhibit by Thomas Terciera
  • Photography Exhibit by Cheryl Dacosta






Blackstone River Valley

Spanning 46 miles, two states and 24 cities and towns from Worcester, MA to Pawtucket, RI, the Blackstone River Valley is a living tapestry of people and places that helped shape America's legacy. Known for being the actual birthplace of our nation's Industrial Revolution, the Valley is more than just brick factories, mill villages and a proud working class background. The area has quaint farms, rustic nature trails and serene river settings that offer spectacular scenic wonders and unique recreation getaways.

Besides its history, ethnic diversity and environment, the Blackstone River Valley is now known as a haven for family-friendly arts and entertainment, offering a wide selection of performing arts; the Blackstone River Theatre is proud to be a unique interpreter and presenter of the Valley's rich heritage.

The Blackstone River is an American Heritage River located in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. In 1999, the US Congress named the National Heritage Corridor in honor of the late US Senator John H. Chafee of RI, who co-sponsored legislation creating the region in 1986.

For more information, please visit the website of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor at: www.nps.gov/blac/home.htm




Board of Directors

Blackstone River Theatre is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers and administered by a Board of Directors. Board members are: Aubrey Atwater, William K. Austin, Timothy Draper, Robert J. Drouin, George Gifford, Tony Nobrega, Robbie O'Connell, James Quinn, Randall L. Souza, Esq., Aaron Usher, Linda Zelenski.

Executive Director: Russell J. Gusetti
Chair, Board of Directors: Timothy Draper
Secretary: Linda Zelenski
Treasurer: William Austin
Sound & Facilities Manager: Graham Mellor
Artistic Director emeritus: Mary Lee Partington




BRT Sound/Lighting Specs

Artists may direct sound/lighting questions through Russell Gusetti at russell@riverfolk.org. Please mail or send a PDF of tech sheet at your earliest convenience.

The following is a list of BRT sound equipment. NOTE: Artists are required to provide their own backline - guitar and bass amps and drum sets.

Please be advised that Blackstone River Theatre is an intimate 165-seat room with excellent acoustics. Amplifiers are generally overkill and drum sets seldom need more than one or two pieces to be miked, if that. The audience space measures roughly 35 feet wide by 45 feet in length. The stage is a small raised proscenium stage (16 feet wide by 12 feet depth). We have professional lighting but offer no follow spots or a lighting technician, just a general 6-spot even wash on the stage and performers with 6 colored LED spots lighting the curtain.

BRT Sound System

2 EAW MK5266 Mains powered by QSC amps
4 JBL Eons (self-powered) Floor Monitors (15 inch horn)
OR
4 Community floor monitors powered by QSC amps (12 inch horn)

Mixer:
Mic Channels have 4 band EQ W/2 Swept Mids
Allen & Heath 2000 with:
24 mic/line channels
4 aux sends (pre/post selectable)
plus 2 aux sends (pre/post selectable)
4 sub groups

Processing:
1 DBX Stereo Graphic EQ for Mains
1 DBX Stereo Graphic EQ for 2 Monitor Mixes
1 Yamaha Stereo Graphic EQ for 2 Additional Monitor Mixes
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Blackstone River Theatre Venue Information

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864-6910


Blackstone River Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization.

Tickets/Administrative Office
On performance days or nights, the box office will be open 2-3 hours before show time.
TEL (401) 725-9272
Web site: www.riverfolk.org
Office hours vary week by week; leave a detailed message and your call will be returned as soon as possible by phone, fax or e-mail.

Policies
  • No smoking is permitted anywhere within the Blackstone River Theatre! For your convenience, urns are located outside of the front door and handicapped-access entrance.
  • The use of cameras or audio/visual recording devices is prohibited without the express consent of theatre management. Management reserves the right to confiscate equipment brought into the theatre in violation of this rule. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Please silence all beepers and cellular phones or have them checked with the House Manager. Patrons anticipating emergency calls should notify the House Manager.
  • Late Seating — Patrons arriving late for an event will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager during an appropriate moment during the performance.
  • Fire Exits are identified by lighted signs throughout the building. In the event of an emergency, walk to the exit nearest your seat or follow the instructions of a BRT staff member. Please familiarize yourself with these exits and the layout of Blackstone River Theatre when you attend a show.
  • Please do not walk or climb on the stage for any reason. The stage and backstage and kitchen areas are restricted for the use of musicians and staff ONLY.
Blackstone River Theatre is a handicapped-accesible facility.
There is a handicapped-accessible ramp which leads from our parking lot directly to the main concert hall; there is an accesible bathroom on this level. Upon request, we will provide a listing of what is available in our second-floor gift shop for your ordering convenience.

Men and women's restrooms are located on the second-floor level.
There is also a unisex handicapped-accessible bathroom off of the lobby on the lower level.

Gift certificates are available for all shows.
Contact the front desk or managing director for information. Gift Certificates or Balances Are Not Redeemable for Cash. If you do not use the full amount of your gift certificate, BRT Will Write You Another Gift Certificate For The Balance.

Blackstone River Theatre always needs volunteers.
If you are interested, please call (401) 725-9272 or visit the volunteers page for more information.

Light food and beverages are available at our concession areas before performances and during intermissions. Please note that food and drink is permitted in the auditorium; however, please be respectful of the audience when eating or drinking (noise really carries in our theatre!) and please discard your trash at the end of the show.

Blackstone River Theatre does not sell or permit the use of alcoholic beverages on the premises by theatre patrons. If you are interested in serving alcoholic beverages as part of a special event or rental agreement with Blackstone River Theatre, the theatre has to apply for a special one-day Class F (beer and wine) license available through Cumberland Town Hall AT LEAST 45 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT. (This fee will be included in your rental fee). As part of a rental agreement, you will also be responsible for all load-in/load-out and clean-up of supplies and equipment on the day of the event.