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The Valley Players has been promoting cultural activities in the Mad River Valley for over forty years, including production of plays and musicals, education in theatrical arts, and concerts and comedy shows. We value your participation in supporting our productions and events, and are committed to creating theater virtually, and this summer, outdoors. Even with the challenges of 2020, we will continue to serve residents and visitors with new shows and events.

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Coming Up Next:

Get ready for the Valley Players' annual Mud Season event. Singing, dancing, juggling, storytelling, magic, mime, anything can happen (and usually does!) The World Famous Raisinettes will be back this year to share your Important Thoughts and Messages to the Audience for a small donation to benefit a local charity. Admission will be free, and donations to support the Valley Players while our doors are closed are always appreciated!

The show will be performed one night only: Saturday, March 20 at 7 pm, live on Zoom,  YouTube, and local access channel MRVTV CH. 44.

Click HERE starting at 6:45 on March 20 to watch the show!

Theater in Your Home

Join the Valley Players for Theater in Your Home, a series of theatrical presentations that you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your laptop! Each month through the winter season, watch live staged readings of classic plays performed LIVE over the meeting platform Zoom. 

Shows are free to watch, although donations are gratefully accepted. Our average ticket price for a live performance is $12.

Our Next Production:

Mad River Story Slam

ShareMRV and the Valley Players Theater are teaming up to bring you the Mad River Story Slam. The theme of the evening is “The Unexpected” and will be held on Saturday, April 10 at 7pm via Zoom. Admission is free but all donations go toward supporting two great non-profit organizations.

Not only do we need an audience, we need storytellers. If you are interested in telling your story on the above theme, here’s what you need to do. Step 1: Call our pitch line (802-583-1674) and leave a brief summary of your story idea. You should also leave your name and an email address where we can contact you. Step 2: attend a 2 hour storytelling workshop on Monday, March 22 @ 6:30pm via Zoom with Moth coordinator, Susanne Schmidt (Zoom link coming soon!) Step 3: continue to hone and practice your story before the big event. Final stories should be no longer than 6 minutes in length.

We will not be able to accept all those who may be interested in telling their story, as the event will only be 90 minutes long. However, anyone interested in honing their storytelling skills are welcome to attend the free workshop on the 22nd. Once the workshop is complete, the selection committee will pick no more than 8 stories to be told the evening of the event.

We are really looking forward to hosting the Mad River Story Slam. Let’s come together and share our stories. Zoom link coming soon for the show!

NOW PLAYING on the Valley Players YouTube Channel:

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

A Live Staged Reading directed by Ruth Ann Pattee of the Edwardian era classic commentary on class and morality.

 A Life Altering Event  by Jeanne Beckwith, directed by Doug Bergstein

Technical Design by Ruth Ann Pattee

A contemporary mystery by a local Vermont playwright.

Click HERE to learn more about other plays by Jeanne Beckwith!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, directed by Ruth Ann Pattee

The classic tale of the reformation of a miserly businessman.

Unicorn from the Stars by David John Preece, directed by Susan Loynd

Featuring Aimee Clement and Doug Bergstein in a fictionalized story about the poet/writer Sylvia Plath during her time living in England, and her friendship with one of her neighbors. Winner of the 2020 Valley Players Playwright Award.

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Ruth Ann Pattee

Best known to contemporary audiences as the non-musical version of My Fair Lady, the play tells the story of a Cockney flower girl transformed into a refined lady by an unconventional professor of phonetics.

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