JULY 20, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.m. by President Rich Burleson. Board members present were Larry Baker, Kathy Madonna, RC Wilkins, Donna Murphy, and Marty Burleson. Board members absent were Steve Steele and Kathy Seidling. Also present was Advisor, Beryl Baker. No visitors were present.

Minutes of the July 6, 2018 meeting were approved upon the motion of Larry Baker, seconded by Kathy Madonna.

Minutes of the phone vote on 7/16 and 7/17 to close meetings after guests have made their presentation were also approved as presented by Larry Baker, seconded by Kathy Madonna.

Treasurer’s Report will be the first meeting in August. Rich did ask if everyone had paid for their wine or beer.

We have received a notice that we may need to pay the $253 for the Retail Food Establishment License Fees. Rich will find out if non-profits are excluded from this license fee before we submit payment.


The Board reviewed the Savannah Sipping Society play. RC gave a report on the ticket sales. The Rialto Players suggested that we have some incentive to the outlets that are selling our tickets as it may encourage them to push the sale of the tickets.

The Play Committee reported they would not recommend Lynn Donovan’s play “Haunted Java” after doing a review. The play had been tentatively accepted by the prior Events Committee but that acceptance, apparently, did not include a complete reading and analysis of the play. As Ms. Donovan then changed the agreed upon method of Production (not using RC Wilkins as Assistant Director), that change effectively voided the first tentative agreement. The play was again reviewed for entertainment merit and projected financial success. The Play Committee voted that this play did not meet the expected standards The Rialto Theater is providing the community. After discussion with the FACT Board it was decided not to move forward with production of the play “Haunted Java”. Kathy M. and Marty will write a letter to Lynn Donovan explaining the Board’s decision.

The Board discussed Ron’s concern about the Lynn Donovan play proposal and Rich’s reply.

RC and Larry reported on the light bar. At this time the lights we currently have will be enough for Torn Bruno’s play.

The Internet/phone service with Charter would be $74.99 per month. Marty will check with Century Link to see what they would offer and the monthly cost. The Board discussed the need to have a phone and internet service. A motion was made by RC and seconded by Larry that we get the cost from both services and select the service that best suits our needs.

Rich will order the exterior display cases. We will paint the frames black.

Morrie has the cooler for sale at his store.

We have a KRLN radio spot: Tuesday, August 21 with Tom Bruno at 1:00 p.m. Donna will be our representative. They will discuss the Bruno play, Pioneer Day events, and Junktique.

The work day on Friday, July 13 was very productive and thanks to Kathy S. for the burritos.

The board discussed requests for minutes, financials, etc. by inactive board members or non-members. A motion was made by Kathy M., seconded by Marty that all requests for documents must come to the board. Motion was unanimously approved.

Rialto Players have not planned a membership drive at this time.

RC, Larry and Tom Bruno have discussed the need for a curtain which is more important than additional lights at this time. RC made a motion that we purchase curtain, seconded by Marty. The cost would be about approximately $350 plus grommets. Tom Bruno has agreed to give us $200 toward the curtain. Larry said he would take care of the grommets.

RC did not attend the Community Theatre Festival this year. It was decided to wait until next year when he could attend for the full three days. RC would also like to be able to take a play next and participate in the competition.

The James Divine concert will be on September 16 at 1:00 p.m. RC is working on the Graphic Arts.

Other events in the future that the board considered were, Florence Merchants Have Talent, Men in Tights under the Lights, and a melodrama next summer every Sunday.

Kathy M., RC and Steve are on the New Year’s Eve Committee and will work with the Chamber to make it a combined event.

The Board went over the events that will be held in 2018 and in 2019. Auditions for “Vintage Hitchcock” will be held on August 6 and 7.


The Pioneer Poster is finished. The Rialto’s contribution to the cost is $50. Donna donated the $50 for the posters. Thank you Donna.

Junktique will be Friday, September 28 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday September 29 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Rialto will be open for restrooms, concessions. tours and ads for our plays. It will be a 50/50 on the fees received by the Chamber.

The Rialto will host Business After Hours on Thursday. September 20 from 5-7 p.m. We will furnish snacks, beer and wine. A flyer will be prepared to advertise the event.

It was the consensus of the Board to remove the “INTERMISSION” from the west room window.

After discussion about what we would put on the upper south wall of the grand hallway, it was decided to continue with the design that is on the side walls. The ceiling in the (East/West) restroom hallway was also discussed.

The board also discussed the seating in the auditorium.

Projects Committee:
The projects list from the last meeting has had many items checked off. Moving the projector from Concession room window to the west room and finish the display window. What to do with the organ?

Play Committee

Play selection process- 1st reading. Number of plays per year, and calendar were discussed. RC has a preliminary master checklist of things needed to put on a play in the Rialto but he has some revisions to make.

Events Committee

Rich has contacted Misty Dawn Scoles — Colorado Country Music Association Talent Competition for next year, Mike Wolking — Sons and Brothers, Rick Berg — The Other Band.

The next meeting will be Friday. August 3 at 8:00 a.m.

There being no further business to bring before the Board. the meeting was adjourned at 10:40 a.m. to view the historic ceiling mural on the east/west hallway.

Respectfully submitted,
Marty Burleson, Secretary