NRTG About Us
The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild is one of the oldest continually running theatres in New York State. Founded in 1923 as the “Players Of Niagara” the group thrived and in 1946, became the “Niagara Falls Little Theatre, Inc.” We officially changed our name from NFLT to NRTG in 2004, to reflect our regional nature – our talent, our audience, and our volunteers come to us from throughout Western New York. We are proud to serve the entire Niagara Frontier with top-notch entertainment.
We are one of the most handicap accessible theaters in the area. Our team strives to provide top-quality theatrical productions and artist opportunities. Our mission is to entertain, educate, and enrich the community we serve.
An Exciting New Season
Our Current Season promises to follow in the tradition of quality performances for which NRTG is known. In addition to our normal programming of Musicals and Plays, our audience can always count on Special Events (not covered by Season Tickets) to add even more entertainment variety to our season.
Board of Directors
Niagara Regional Theatre Guild’s Board members reside in Erie and Niagara Counties, reflecting the regional nature of the organization.
Fran Newton (Chair); Grand Island
M. Joseph Fratello (Vice Chair); Cheektowaga
John Quackenbush (Treasurer); Grand Island
Ruth Ellen Lagace (Secretary); Youngstown
Kim Petersdorf; Cheektowaga
Les Bailey; Cheektowaga
Gary Gaffney; Amherst
Dawn Marcolini Newton; Grand Island
Nancy Watts; Grand Island
Richard May (Advisor/Legal Counsel); Lockport
The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild has entered into a partnership with St. Christopher Parish (Tonawanda, NY) that will make The Ellicott Creek Playhouse our new home. This historic partnership maintains our presence in Erie County, and opens an exciting new chapter putting NRTG in a newly renovated and dedicated performance space. Renovations unprecedented in our history have transformed the sanctuary of the former St. Edmund Parish into an intimate, comfortable 200-seat performing arts center.
Our ongoing season of shows will be produced here, and we’ll have the luxury of rehearsing on the auditorium stage as well. Witness the stunning transformation as depicted in the before and after pictures below!
Auditions are complete for the 2021-2022 season
Auditions for the entire subsequent season are generally held in June/July. Keep an eye out on this page or our Social Media Feeds for announcements about auditions for the 2022-2023 season
But don’t forget — while auditions are held only once each year, you can always volunteer to help out at anytime. See our Helping Out page to find out about volunteer opportunities.
Auditions for Niagara Regional Theatre Guild (NRTG) productions are now held once each year in June. An appointment is necessary (consult audition announcement for details). Performers of all levels, beginner to professional, are welcome.
Those auditioning for musical roles should prepare and bring sheet music for a single audition song. It is not necessary that it be a song from a show in our season. An accompanist will be provided.
Those auditioning for non-singing roles will be asked to do some cold reading from scripts that will be provided – no monologue is required.
Unless otherwise specified, auditions are held at:
The Ellicott Creek Playhouse
550 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda NY.
Watch this page for updated information. Specific dates and times are posted here and on our Home Page as soon as they are available, well in advance of audition dates. The week before auditions, announcements will also be posted in the Buffalo News (“Behind the Scenes” in Thursday’s Gusto magazine), the Niagara Gazette, and in ArtVoice.
At the completion of your general audition, you may be asked to return for callback auditions, which will be held within a week of the general auditions. Many roles are often cast without callbacks — if you are not asked to return for callbacks, it does not mean that there will be no parts offered to you. At callback auditions, candidates for all shows will be asked to do cold readings from the script, and to perform some musical selections from shows you are being considered for.
All of those who are offered roles will be contacted by phone soon after auditions and callbacks are completed. You will be notified at the time of auditions when it is expected that casting will be completed. All who are cast for the season are welcomed as a member of the “NRTG Company” for the entire season. If you are being offered a featured or lead role, it is likely you will be offered at least one other ensemble role as part of your casting “package”, to help ensure all our show casts are strong. Preference will be given for those able to accept their casting as a whole, as part of the “NRTG Company” concept. However, it is NOT an absolute requirement to participate in multiple shows in our season.
Our standard rehearsal schedule begins 5-6 weeks before opening, working Monday through Thursday evenings, 7 pm-10 pm (though in the early weeks not everyone is called for every rehearsal). We pride ourselves on our family-friendly rehearsal schedule, with no Friday or weekend rehearsals until the week before opening.
The week before the show opens will always include a Friday evening rehearsal. Be prepared, as well, to work all day (approx. 11 AM -6 PM) on the Sunday before opening, for load-in and either a run-through or technical rehearsal.
All cast and crew are expected to be members of NRTG in good standing. This represents a minimal annual commitment, and shows a commitment on your part to the organization. Consult the Membership page for details.
All cast members are required to put in some crew hours, helping with sets, props, costumes, and publicity. Work parties are scheduled once rehearsals have begun and take place on the weekends leading up to the show. Crew time is enthusiastically served in our multipurpose home at the Ellicott Creek Playhouse.