Welcome to RLE!
An important message from the Riverside Lyric Ensemble, Inc. Committee
Dear RLE supporters and friends
Last Saturday night saw the closing performance of our latest musical. Shortly before the show started, RLE President, Carol Lutz, made an announcement to the cast and crew of Merrily We Roll Along that this would be RLE’s last show. We asked the cast to raise the theatre roof and they certainly did. It was a very special performance.
Within the next few months the RLE Committee will call an Extraordinary General Meeting of financial members and move a motion to dissolve the society and distribute our remaining assets. We assure you, this decision has not been taken lightly nor swiftly, and has been some years in the making.
For almost 25 years, RLE has prided itself on producing professional standard plays and musicals at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. However, we now find ourselves in a very different environment with more musicals and plays being produced in and around the Parramatta and Hills areas than ever. This has placed a great strain on our previously successful business model with increased competition for audience and theatre space, making the future of RLE untenable.
In conjunction with this is perhaps a bigger problem of a lack of interest from the community in being a part of RLE. The past 5 or more years has seen our active membership continually decline, and for the past several years RLE has been operating with minimal committee numbers. While we have endeavoured to recruit additional committee and society members through advertising on social media, newsletters and email as well as approaching people directly, unfortunately there has been very little interest. As you can appreciate, staging productions of the quality and scope of those RLE is known for has been extremely challenging with this lack of resources.
For some time now the Committee has discussed these issues and tried to adjust our way of operating, but it has all become too difficult and ultimately, financially unsustainable. In a quote from our last show "and you know what true greatness is? It's knowing when to get off." Now is that time.
We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with and supported RLE over the past 24 years. We have created a wonderful legacy for which we can all be very proud.
The RLE Committee