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Bristol Riverside Theatre was honored as a cornerstone of economic development in Bristol Borough with the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Champions of Commerce award for economic impact. The award spotlighted businesses throughout Bucks County and its surrounding area who exemplify “Making a Difference Where We Work, Live and Learn.”
Celebrating its 30th anniversary season this year, BRT annually presents five Mainstage productions, four concerts, (including the annual An American Christmas Songbook and three summer concerts), special events, a new-play reading series (America Rising), and ArtRageous, a summer theater camp. Performing to over 48,000 people last season alone, the quality of BRT’s work has been recognized with received 82 Barrymore Award nominations plus nine Broadway World Awards, and recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Pennsylvania Humanities and Arts Councils.
“By the early 1980’s Bristol had become and economically depressed community and need something exceptional to break it out of economic stagnation and put it on a growth path. That something had to be sufficiently unique to make Bristol a destination. Something that would bring people into the Borough and make them want to spend meaningful time and money there. It had to be enough to be enough to give new restaurants and shops a reason to open and transform the Borough into a place that would attract further investment, and perhaps new residents to create a demand for more business and services and grow the tax base. We are proud that for thirty years BRT has been at the center of this renewed civic vitality,” said BRT Founding Director Susan D. Atkinson.
BRT’s 30th anniversary season continues with Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Driving Miss Daisy on January 24-February 12; Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar on March 21-April 16 and Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution on May 9-28.