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Fresh Air History!

The White River Valley Players are at it again!  

Please join us for an exciting new format that we hope will allow the Players to keep staging performances for the Valley no matter what the “world” stage throws at us.  

The “Fresh-Air History” production will be performed on the Rochester Park. Each play is about ten minutes in length and composed by local writers Amy Braun, Erica Robinson, Tyler Strong, Susie Smolen, and Virginia Hadam. The plays range from historical to biographical and are based on letters, diaries, interviews, newspaper articles, and conversations about Vermont history, some enhanced with bits of historical fiction for entertainment value. A good time will be had by all. We hope you can make it!

Here are the performance details:

FREE on the Rochester Park

Friday, May 20 @ 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 21 @ 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 21 @ 6:30 pm

Rain or shine! Bring your own chair or blanket!  

Please note the different time and place!

What are you grateful for?

As the White River Valley Players prepare for their annual holiday event, The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, we are grateful for many things, including the ability to gather people together again, albeit with restrictions. This event’s theme this year is Gratitude, and the Players would like to hear what you’ve felt grateful for this past year.

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas will be held on Thursday, December 23 at 7 pm at The Federated Church of Rochester and will be followed by an outdoor reception with caroling on the new porch of The Rochester Café. The event is free, but donations to the local food shelf are welcome.

Please send us your thoughts in the form of a sentence, paragraph, poem, short story, or essay. We will read all entries and incorporate some of them into our program for the evening. We may post some others on our website.

Send your submissions by December 3 to WRVP board member MaryBeth Deller at


Three Fun One-Act Plays,
Together with Poems, Music, and Pie!

Friday, October 22, 2021, at 7:30 pm
& Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 4 pm
at the Rochester School Auditorium
Come join us for three humorous short plays: A Good Night’s Sleep written by Mindy Branstetter and directed by MaryBeth Deller, Key Lime Pie written by Jason Milligan and directed by Janine Reeves, and An Ultimate Lifestyle written and directed by Tyler Strong.
Enjoy music by house band Triple Play, poetry by Danny Dover, and pies for dessert made by Sandy’s Books and Bakery.
Tickets sold only at the door:
$8 general admission, $6 students/seniors
All Current Vermont State COVID Advisories will be followed

Harvest Fair Recap

The White River Valley Players’ 32nd Harvest Fair took place under sunny skies on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, filling the park in Rochester village with happy folks enjoying both the weather and being together.

Live music entertained those seated on hay bales in front of the Harvest Fair stage, and the 35 booths offered food, crafts, activities, and information about local organizations, as well as the colorful beauty of the annual flower show arrayed around the base of the bandstand.

Many people noted that, after having to cancel the fair last year, due to the pandemic, it was wonderful to have this traditional event happening again.

2021 Harvest Fair

White River Valley Players Harvest Fair. Food, crafts, live entertainment, flower show, community groups, Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the park, Route 100, Rochester Village.

Valley Singing!

Join us for an evening of carefree singing led by Sue Ribaudo and friends.  Singing is a great way to lift your spirits and to feel connected to others. The songs will be full of harmony and rhythm and yet they will be easy to learn.  Different styles of music will be represented, songs from different times and other countries.  Sue has been leading the Valley Voices since 2017 and new singers are always welcome.

When:  Tuesday, August 10, 6:30pm-8pm
Where:  Rochester Public Library
Who:  Sue Ribaudo, Susan Rule, Sue Clarke, Dorothy Robson plus you!
Note:  This event is for vaccinated singers.

Sponsored by the White River Valley Players’ Musicmakers

The White River Valley Players present

The Peavine Local

A 3-episode series of audio shows

  • Episode 2 launches Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 4 pm

Link to listen:

All aboard for the second journey of the Peavine Local, an auditory “train ride” of entertainment coming to you this Sunday, April 25, any time after 4 pm ET through the Vimeo link above.

On the ride, hosted by “conductor” Don Crickard, you’ll hear about the history of the Peavine Railroad, listen to train-themed music by local performers Rob Gardner and Susie Smolen, find out about dangerous animals, overhear two local dogs secretly discuss national politics, enjoy local poet Danny Dover reading his original poem, get advice from “Miss Timmons,” and hear a waltz you might have heard at an old-time dance hall, way back when. You might even hear a joke from some of the younger traveler. The episode also features a story of travel and adventure excerpted from West with the Night by Beryl Markham.

Additional performers include Janine Reeves, Todd Eberhardt, Marlys Eddy, Jen Edmonds, MaryBeth Deller, Erica B. Robinson, and Martha Slater. The episode is produced by Jeremy Seeger, directed by Erica B. Robinson, and recorded and mixed by Jake Wildwood, with musical underscoring by Jake Wildwood and Todd Eberhardt.

Episode 3 will be available beginning on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at 4 pm ET. All episodes will continue to be available after their initial launch dates. The links to listen in will be posted on  Each episode is about 40 minutes in length.

We are a community theater group, run by volunteers.

Over the years we’ve done a huge range of shows, everything from Broadway musicals to Brecht. We’ve done full-length plays and evenings of original one-acts and produced events that focus on community building and performance such as our annual Harvest Fair (a fall fair on our town green, with a full day of live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, a flower show, children’s activities, and a lot more) which has been a tradition on the first weekend after Labor Day since 1987.

One of our goals is to share our love of theater

We invite you to see one of our shows, attend one of our events, or join us on-stage or off to experience the magic of community theater.



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