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Theater

Building confidence, professionalism, and problem-solving skills — on stage.

At Walker’s, students learn the fundamentals of performance through acting, singing, and dancing, and apply that knowledge to mainstage productions, including plays and musicals that range in genre from classic to contemporary.

In all of our productions, students have the opportunity to hold leadership positions in stage management and technical theatre, in addition to leading their peers as vocal and dance captains. 

The theatre arts discipline builds camaraderie, confidence, professionalism, and problem-solving skills, in addition to creating connections between the students’ understanding of the theatrical work and the real world.

Each winter and spring, student productions are performed for the Walker’s and local communities on our black box and proscenium stages. Past productions include Our Town, Chicago: High School Edition, and Hairspray. Walker’s Drama Club members engage in improvisational theater and each fall they produce a short, student-directed production for the school community.

Each year, Walker’s theater program takes students behind the scenes and into the audience of Broadway shows for an authentic experience in the world’s theatrical mecca as well as to other professional theatres in the state. Students engage in workshops with Broadway stars, including Brian O’Brien of Chicago, and post-show talkbacks with cast members of the 20th Anniversary Tour of Rent, including Cody Jenkins and Kelsee Sweigard. 

At a Glance

  • Performance Fundamentals
  • Drama Club (Acting Out)
  • Middle School Theater Production
  • Acting
  • Musical Theater
  • Winter Play
  • Spring Musical
  • Stage Management
  • Technical Theater Club
  • Broadway Workshops and Visits
Chicago
Our Town
She Kills Monsters
Hairspray
Into the Woods
Sister Act
Chicago

2019 Spring Musical, Chicago: High School Edition. Students had the opportunity to rehearse for Broadway star Brian O’Brien, who plays Billy Flynn, in Chicago The Musical.

Our Town

2020 Winter Play, Our Town, by Thorton Wilder. Described as “…the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town offered the audience a microcosm of humanity through the depiction of small town American life from 1901-1910.

She Kills Monsters

2019 Winter Play, She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurer’s Edition. The production was jam-packed with humor, special effects, sword fighting, dragons, and professional puppets from UConn’s Puppet Arts Program.

Hairspray

2018 Spring Musical, Hairspray. The musical featured a strong cast of characters and provided an opportunity for many different voices to be heard and represented throughout the show.

Into the Woods, Jr.

2017 Middle School Musical, Into the Woods Jr. The production, an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical, was a musical fairytale about wishes and the choices we make.

Sister Act

2017 Spring Musical, Sister Act. The musical comedy was based on the hit 1992 film of the same name with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.