Past Shows - 1979 to Today
9/2021 - 10/2021
The Valley Players' fall 2021 production will be Noises Off – often described as “a play within a play, a farce within a farce” by Michael Frayn. The show is directed by Joanne Puente.
Out of Sight Out of Murder - Revival
Jan. 17 - Feb. 2 2020
Out of Sight... Out of Murder was the first Vermont Playwright's Award winner, produced in 1983. The play was subsequently published by Samuel French, and the Acting Edition bears the names of the original cast at the Valley Players.
40th Anniversary Season Overview
2019 - 2020
Our first show, Harvey, was staged in 1979. This was an auspicious start to our 40 year run performing community theater in the Mad River Valley. Over our 40 years we have never repeated a show, until now. To celebrate our anniversary, we hand-picked six of our most memorable shows to revive and kicked off the season May 31, 2019, with Harvey.
Nov. 30 - Dec. 16 2018
Written By Max Frisch; Translated by Alistair Beaton The story is about Gottlieb Biedermann, who has gotten himself into some hot water. He is in conflict with his business partner of twelve years, at odds with the changing world around him, and struggling to maintain an idea of safety in his home as a spat of fires ravage through some of the more well-known locales of his modern American city. His wife Babette feels torn between her perception of the world around her and the reality of it, caught up in the love she has for her husband all the while being deceived by it. The infallibility of a grim ending becomes all too real when a stranger knocks on the door, asking simply for a bit of food and maybe a dry place to sleep. The play suggests that once a door has been knocked it has to be opened, eventually. What would you do for the one who had knocked?
April 24 - May 3 2015
Directors Note: I expect that everyone in our audience has experienced
the desire to escape—most recently from a world where spring
and sunshine seemed to disappear. The characters in our play
are desperate to escape as well. They are caught in a world of
unending rain that symbolizes their own loss of hope and of love.
World War I is four years past, but the grief, both public and private, is still very real, and for “Those who appreciate Wisteria and
sunshine...” it seems that a journey of rediscovery and reawakening could bring them the happy “Afters” that will heal all the
sad “Befores.” In the play tonight, we will journey with them to a
“Paradise” where they find themselves able to heal and prosper
and bloom once more.
Jeanne Beckwith, Director
"30 Anniversary Retrospective"
July 10 -12 2009
Ruth Ann Pattee, Artistic Director with a bunch of fabulous actors, singers and Joan Foster pulled together a wonderful evening of song, dance and play snippets.
"The Cemetery Club"
May 25-28; May 31-June 3 2007
This popular show about the lives of three Jewish widows is funny and poignant; full of laughter and tears. Lifetime friends, Ida, Doris and Lucille are part of a club, The Cemetery Club. Every month they meet at Ida's house in New York for tea, then trundle off to the cemetery to remember the good times and gossip with deceased husbands. Sam, the butcher, meets the widows at the cemetery while visiting his late wife and changes their lives forever. The movie version of this wonderful comedy starred Olympia Dukakis, Diane Ladd, and Ellen Burstyn.
June 23 - July 9 2000
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."
Three One Acts
May 29-June 2, 1980
"George's Room" written by Alun Owen, directed by Elan Stevens
"I'm Herbert" written by Robert Anderson, directed by Leo Cohen
"Zoo Story" written by Edward Albee, directed by David Sardi
October 25-28, 1979
written by Abe Burrows, directed by Don Hirsch
"Cactus Flower" was our second show, and the first performed in the Odd Fellows Hall, now known as the Valley Players Theater.