2020 Performing Arts Camp Cancelled

With regret, the Players have decided not to hold Performing Arts Camp for kids, originally scheduled for early August.  The safety guidelines prescribed by the state for summer programs are understandably strict, and it would not be possible to follow these and also provide a meaningful camp experience for the children.  Although we're cancelling for this year, we look forward to reconsidering Performing Arts Camp for August of 2021. 


As the state of Vermont gradually reopens for business, the White River Valley Players are contemplating how to reengage the community in theater, music, and community events, while still following suggested social distancing guidelines. Right now we’re taking a “wait and see” approach.

“Triple Play”, our spring show originally set for early April, is currently on hold until public gatherings can safely be held. Cast and crew are standing by, and we hope to offer this light-hearted entertainment as soon as it is practical to do so.

Our annual Performing Arts Summer Camp for Kids, scheduled for August 3-7, is still tentatively “on”, but we are awaiting new guidelines on summer camps from the governor. Look for information coming soon to the WRVP website and Facebook.  If your child has attended camp in recent years, you will receive information by mail. We will make a final decision about camp by July 1.

Harvest Fair, scheduled for Saturday, September 12, is still in our sights, even as we await the periodic updating of guidelines for public gatherings.

While we sort out how to keep theater and music in our lives, we would like to prompt you to do a little creative writing, which may form part of two future Players’ projects.

First, it will soon be time to produce the third edition of “Central Vermont Radio Theater”. So sharpen your pencils, fire up your computers (if they haven’t died from too many Zoom meetings), and be on the lookout for a solicitation with instructions in July, with writing due in October.

Second, we’d like to share some fun that the Players’ board and families had this spring, while we were grieving the loss of our usual creative outlets. Everyone was invited to write a haiku, sharing their COVID-19 experience. This Japanese poetry format consists of three lines, having five, seven, and five syllables, respectively.  Here are Dick Robson’s thoughts in haiku form:

Being productive!
Being a couch-potato.
Can this be Tuesday??

We invite you to write a haiku depicting your COVID-19 experience, especially signs of resilience you may have discovered as you have lived through this uncertain time. Send your haiku to MaryBeth Deller at mbdeller57@gmail.com. In December, we’ll select ten favorites to weave into our annual “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas” benefit event.

We hope you are well!  We miss you and hope we can share theater and music again soon, in person. We’ll close with a haiku received from Ryah Christensen:

Laughing God sends us
Sickness that makes us stay home
And heal together


Spring Production Postponed

The White River Valley Players have decided to postpone their spring production, Triple Play, originally scheduled for April 3 and 4 in the Rochester Auditorium.  This decision was based on the Rochester select-board's suggestion that all non-essential public events be cancelled, avoided, or postponed for the next 30 days.

We are hoping to reschedule Triple Play for late spring, when we can bring this lighthearted collection of short plays, music, and poetry to the auditorium stage.  Intermission desserts from Sandy's Books and Bakery will be available at each of the 3 performances. This show will be a sure-fire antidote to the period of social distancing we're all now experiencing!   Keep an eye on this space for information regarding new dates for the Players' spring production.


invite YOU

to our ANNUAL MEETING, held again at
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 6:30 – 8:30

Please join us in the dining room of Huntington House Inn for drinks*
and sweet & savory snacks
At 6:30 on Thursday, February 6
We’ll have a very brief business meeting,
Plus Door Prizes, Music, and a Preview of 2020!

COME IN FROM THE COLD (it’s probably going to be!)

We look forward to seeing you there!

*Alcoholic drinks may be purchased from the bar
You may wish to arrive early and enjoy heartier fare in
Doc’s Tavern before the Annual Meeting

Want to be part of our Spring Show?

"Who Are We This Time?"

An Evening of One-Act Plays

Performances: TBD

The production will consist of three one-act plays: Key Lime Pie by Jason Milligan (directed by Janine Reeves); A Good Night's Sleep by Mindy Branstetter (directed by Mindy Branstetter); and Who Am I This Time? by Christopher Sergal, based on a short story by Kurt Vonnegut (directed by Erica Robinson.) Large, medium, and small roles are available for women, men, and teens. Performances will take place in the spring in the Rochester School Auditorium. Auditions to be announced.

If you'd like to be part of the production, contact producer MaryBeth Deller at mbdeller@hotmail.com.

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.


Our events for 2020 will be coming soon!


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