Welcome to the Theatre Department

Theatre Department

The Walnut Hills Theatre Department would like to welcome you back for another incredible year of theatre with our 2017-2018 season! For more information on each title in our line-up, click on the individual show pages under the "Theatre Performances" tab.

For audition information on individual productions, please reference the Fine Arts Homepage

Meet the faculty!

Theatre arts is an integrated part of the Walnut Hills High School curriculum. Beyond its value as a key component of an instructional strategy which emphasizes appreciation of the arts in general as a critical component of a classical education, the knowledge acquired through the study of theatre and its literature have direct relevance to the skill sets we hope to instill in our Walnut Hills graduates. Communication skills, appreciation of a body of dramatic literature, an understanding of how dramatists have used theatre as a vehicle to address social issues – these are all relevant to the themes which are at the core of our English department offerings. Furthermore, the experiences gained through participation in acting in & directing theatrical productions at Walnut, exposure to the very discrete skills of stagecraft, interaction and mentoring across age peer groups, provide not just an opportunity for entertainment, but a chance for the acquisition of some real life skills - teamwork, group dynamics, responsibility, goal setting & achievement, involvement in common endeavors where the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.

Our theatre classes provide a talent pool for extra-curricular theatrical productions throughout the year, as well as the intensive productions from Advanced Theatre classes which are an extension of their classroom work. However, participation in the extra-curricular productions is not limited to students taking theatre classes. There is also a fair amount of cross-curricular collaboration on musical productions with the Music Department, many of whose vocal students play lead roles, and whose instrumentalists participate in the pit orchestras for those productions.

Our facilities include a 700+ seat classical auditorium with professional stage and sound system, recently renovated & updated; newly renovated black box theater and stage shop, and new classrooms.

The Walnut Hills Theatre & Speech department offers courses ranging from the basic to advanced levels in Drama. Basic Drama is the introductory performance course, while Stagecraft I is the introductory course in technical theatre. Advanced courses include Advanced Theatre I and II, Styles of Acting & Directing, and Stagecraft II. Included in the course offerings is Time to Speak, which is an elective.

The CappiesCappies of Greater Cincinnati
Walnut Hills High School will once again be participating in the Cappies of Greater Cincinnati program. If you are interested in learning more about Cappies, or being on the critic team for WHHS, please visit: www.cincicap.com, or contact Mr. Sherman for more information.

International Thespian SocietyInternational Thespian Society
The WHHS Theatre Department is a proud member of the International Thespian Society, Troupe 452. Members of the this high school theatre honor society have shown active participation in Walnut productions, and are selected by their peers for their hardwork and dedication to the program. Your 2017-2018 troupe officers are:

President: Brigid Hackett
Vice-President: Declan Robison
Secretary: Lydia Noll
Historian: Hope Oester

US News - America's Best High Schools - Ranked 65th in USA and awarded Gold Medal status.
Newsweek - America's Best High Schools 2010 - Walnut Hills Ranked 66th in USA and #1 in Ohio!