“Educating Rita” a comedy by Willy Russell


September 24-26; October 1-3 and 8-10. Curtain is 8 pm except Sunday, October 10 which is a matinee only at 2 pm.

Tickets are $11.


Frank a middle-aged professor in a University in Northern England find himself having to earn more money by tutoring an older student in English. His disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26-year-old hairdresser who is hurry for education. Rita quickly wins over the very reticent teacher by her native shrewdness and her refusal to accept secondhand academic opinions. In the course of the play she gives Frank a new lease on his life by making him believe in himself again.

The London Sunday Telegraph says the play is “Warmly written…It is the interchange of feeling and realization of new approaches to life on both sides that make this play of particular interest.” Director Mitchell Kontoff sees this play as a great opportunity for cast, crew and audience to explore theater at its best.

Hanne Steen plays the effervescent Rita. Born in Middlesex Vermont, Hanne has lived in different parts of the world for most of her life. She recently studied theater arts in London and has been on stage in the Globe Theater. Warren resident, Bryan Wockley has been in a number of plays, including Shakespeare, before moving to Vermont last year. He played the concierge in the farce "Out of Order" in February 2004. Both are ably directed by Mitchell Kontoff who has directed over 22 plays and musicals over the years for the Valley Players.

Heidi Schenk is producer.