Riverside Youth Theatre presents


Aida is a story of forbidden and unrequited love, when two contemporary youths are swept from an exhibition of Egyptian artifacts back in time to live in the musical adaptation of the 1871 Verdi opera. A classic love triangle: Aida, a Nubian princess, is captured by an Egyptian captain, Radames. He soon falls in love with her, saves her from a life of hard labor and then gives her as a handmaiden to the Egyptian princess Amneris, his future bride. Set against a backdrop of loyalty, betrayal, and forbidden love. Aida is the story of three people who are forced to make difficult choices that will alter history forever.
Add updated styles of pop, gospel, reggae, Motown, African, Indian, and Middle Eastern music written by Elton John (The Lion King), fresh lyrics by Tim Rice (Joseph...Dreamcoat), modern Egyptian costuming and you have a beautiful modern love story. Aida was the hit of the 2000 Tony season winning Best Original Musical Score, Best Actress (Heather Headley), Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, plus a Grammy Award for the Best Original Broadway Cast Recording.
Riverside Youth Theatre is proud to be the first community theatre in the Riverside area to present Aida!  Debbie Wolgemuth directs our musical production of Aida, with choreography by Marcus S. Daniels (straight off from performing in the West Coast Tour of Disney’s High School Musical), and music direction by Steve Wolgemuth.
Aida features a cast of 40 teens including Heather Noriega as Aida, Aaron Wolgemuth as Radames, Rebecca Park as Amneris, Tommy Waddell as Zoser, Cody Noriega as Mereb, Anyssa Navarro as Nehebka, Grant Markin as Pharaoh, and Matthew Koepp as King Amonasro.
Aida will be performed at the Wallace Theater, on the campus of California Baptist University, at 8432 Magnolia Avenue (between Adams and Monroe Streets), Riverside on:
May 8, 9, 16, 17 @ 7:30 PM
May 17 @ 2:00 PM
May 18 @ 3:00 PM
Seating is reserved with tickets at $12.00 for all ages. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $10 each. Riverside Youth Theatre performances are not suitable for any children under 4 years, including babes in arms.
Parking is free at the university. Security guards at the front gate can assist you with the best places to park on the campus.
Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 W. 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. The videotaping or other video or audio recording or photography of this live production is strictly prohibited.
For more information view the theatre’s website at or (951) 756-4240.




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