Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Summer Theater Program

Summer Theater Program

Saturday, June 22–Sunday, July 21, 2019
Ages 13–17

The Summer Theater Program’s unique combination of studio classes and  professionally mounted stage productions allows students to both develop their craft and apply their skills in performance. During the four-week boarding program, each student takes daily classes in acting, musical theater, and dance and is cast in a play and a musical. Class sizes are intentionally small, affording students individualized attention and a supportive environment in which to develop and strengthen their work. In the latter weeks of the program, students take the stage for public performances of the shows that they have been rehearsing; past productions have included Nice Work If You Can Get It, Xanadu, As You Like It, and Love and Information.

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Summer Theater classes in acting, musical theater, and movement meet daily Monday through Friday. Over the course of the program, students may also have the opportunity to work with guest faculty from some of the country’s leading colleges and universities, such as The Juilliard School, Carnegie Mellon University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and The Boston Conservatory.

Students alternate rehearsal times for their play and musicals for 6 hours Monday through Friday and 2.5 hours on Sunday evenings. After completing the program, students leave Walnut Hill Summer Theater with a heightened sense of accomplishment and a confidence that applies to all facets of their lives.

Sample Schedule

8:00am–8:45am Breakfast
9:00am–9:15am Company Warm-Up
9:20am–10:10am Acting
10:15am–10:30am Company Meeting
10:35am–11:25am Musical Theater
11:30am–12:20pm Movement
12:20pm–1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm–3:15pm Rehearsal
3:15pm–4:30pm Free Time
4:30pm–5:30pm Company Rehearsal
5:30pm–6:30pm Dinner
6:45pm–9:15pm Rehearsal/Performance
9:15pm–9:45pm Free Time
9:45pm Dorm Check-In

Tuition & Dates

Dates: Saturday, June 22 – Sunday, July 21, 2019
Ages: 13–17
Boarding Tuition: $5,950*

*There is an additional student activities fee of $100 for the boarding programs to support a variety of services and activities for residential students, including but not limited to social events, field trips and residential life.

Applying for summer theater

Applications for admission to Summer Theater are completed through Slideroom and should be submitted no later than April 1 to ensure room in the program. 

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Summer Theater Faculty