‘Club Dead’ Comes Alive at Riverfront


The cast of “Club Dead — The Last Resort.”

Bill Collins has been involved in music, theater and film for five decades. Yet nothing has him more excited than the current performance of “Club Dead — The Last Resort” at Riverfront Playhouse.

The show, directed and created by Bill and his wife Lisa, opened this past weekend. It runs weekends (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday) through Aug. 14 at the playhouse at 1620 East Cypress Ave. in Redding.

“It’s probably the best thing I’ve ever been involved in in 50 years of being a musician and performer,” said Collins, who wrote all the original music for the comedy/mystery. “A wonderful muse passed through me during this thing and if I never do anything else, my life is complete.”

The Collinses are elated with the cast they’ve put together for “Club Dead,” which has been converted from an interactive dinner show to a pure stage piece.

“Karma set in and gave us the perfect actors for each role,” said Lisa Collins. “Each actor we cast really is perfect for the part they play.”

The cast includes Mathew McDonald, Victoria Graham, Wade Riggs, Stephen Kline, Jennifer Markhart, Kelsie Hill, Jeremiah Esses, Ian Dalziel and Bill Ruess.

Tickets ($15) can be purchased at Graphic Emporium (1525 Pine St.) or by calling 241-4278. Graphic Emporium’s summer hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What’s certainly true is that this entire cast and crew are having a ball with the show. For more info, click here.

Here’s a promo video for the show:

jim-dyar-125Jim Dyar is a news, arts and entertainment journalist for A News Cafe and the former arts and entertainment editor for the Record Searchlight’s D.A.T.E. section. Jim is also a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding. E-mail him at jimd.anewscafe@gmail.com.




is a journalist who focuses on arts, entertainment, music and the outdoors. He is a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding and can be reached at jimd.anewscafe@gmail.com
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1 Response

  1. Avatar Grammalyn says:

    I am a dedicated Riverfront Playhouse fan, but I also try to be objective. You won't hear from me if I don't love the play – = it only seems fair.

    "Club Dead" is fabulous! The actors fit the roles perfectly, and you can tell that they really love what they are doing, and give it everything that they have got. The songs are original and so fun!

    Bill and Lisa are incredibly talented writers, which goes without saying. Since I am not a theater critic, I feel it is important to say here that they are the kindest people you will ever meet. They are genuine in their love for theater and music, and want the very best for their audiences and for their actors. Huge, huge hearts and very clever minds – what a combination!

    You will love the show – I promise!