Gala 2024

We’re thrilled to invite you to our annual spring gala: SATURDAY on the Stage! Get ready for an exciting evening to *get fancy* and be entertained on the Wilson Family Stage. Indulge in delicious hors d’oeuvres from Dandy Lion, enjoy complimentary drinks, get carried away as you bid on exciting silent and live auction items, and sit with your nearest & dearest at a table under the lights. The highlight of the evening will be the eagerly awaited announcement of our 24/25 theatre season, with short previews from each show and Iowa City’s beloved Megan Gogerty serving as our emcee extraordinaire. Join us for a beautiful night celebrating and supporting the magic of theatre and Riverside’s special place in our hearts.

*red carpet attire optional 🙂

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024

Riverside Theatre – 119 E. College St. – Iowa City, IA 52240

7:00 PM

Open Bar (Beer, Wine, Etc.), Hors D’oeuvres from The Dandy Lion, & start of the Silent Auction

8:00 PM

2024/25 Season Announcement & Entertainment with the incredible Megan Gogerty as emcee

8:30 PM

Live Auction & “Show Us Your Cards”

Silent Auction Closes at 9:15 pm



$75 – General

$30 – Artist

(anyone in the corridor artist community is welcome to purchase a ticket at this rate)

Need Help? Please contact the Riverside Theatre Box Office at or call us during box office hours (11am – 3pm Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday) at (319) 259-7099.

Learn More About Saturday on the Stage!

This year Riverside’s Spring Gala: Saturday on the Stage will be a tabled event, with seating available on the Riverside Stage. Below you’ll find an image of the seating arrangement. When you click on the button above to purchase your seats, you will find a similar image and be able to reserve any available seats. Feel free to purchase seats individually for yourself/a small group OR arrange to purchase all seats at a specific table for your full group.

**Tables currently have 6 seats, but can accommodate up to 8. If you have a party of 8, please reach out to our box office at 319-259-7099 to reserve.

Below you will find a brief description of our Silent Auction Items – more information about each of these will be added soon.

• Children’s Gardening Basket
• Qtr-Sawn Sycamore Handcrafted Wood Serving Tray
• Basket of Wines and Invitation to Bottling Experience
• Basket of Wines and Invitation to Bottling Experience
• Haircut by Molly of Fresh Feel Fade Salon
• Sets of Hand-Painted Notecards
• Gala Table Centerpieces from Beno’s

• Handcrafted Black Walnut Charcuterie Board
• A Night at the Highlander Inn
• All About Riverside Theatre Gift Basket
• Haircut and Color by Rachel of Fresh Feel Fade Salon
• Dinner at Maggie’s Pizza and 2 Tickets for an RT Show!
• Dinner at Joseph’s and 2 Tickets for an RT Show!
• Dinner at Graze and 2 Tickets for an RT Show!
• Riverside Theater Original Artists Prints
• Framed Photograph by John Moyers

• A Guided Journey of Iowa City for 4 with Jim Throgmorton
• Northside District Shopping Spree
• Cedar 3-Tier Patio Herb Garden & Garden Center Gift Card
• Host YOUR Event in RT Lobby with Snacks and Beverages
• Handyman Services for 4 Hours with TC Home Solutions
• Stanley Art Museum Tour with Director Lauren Lessing

Dedicate a Theatre Chair!

Below you will find a brief description of our Live Auction Items. Our live auction will begin around 8:30pm. More information about each of these will be added soon.

 Farm to Street Dinner, Table for 6 on August 15th

 All things Caitlin Clark gift basket!

 Pre-Show Party at Hands Jewelers & RT tickets for 10

 Paella Party for 8 at the home of Mike & Amy Kanellis

 Southern Style Porch Breakfast for 12 at the home of John and Susan Loomis

 24-25 Season River Dog Designation including an original portrait for the human and a Leash on Life Gift Basket for the dog!

 Traditional Soul Food Dinner for 6 at the home of Stephanie and Ray Manning!

 Behind the Scenes of Riverside Theatre for 12 including snacks and beverages with Artistic Director, Adam Knight!

 Original Weaving Piece and Studio Tour for 6 with Artist Jan Friedman

 Homemade Baked Goods, delivered each and every month for a year from Laurie Zaiger