Walnut Street Theatre and The Philadelphia Inquirer present...

Seeing the Stage Through Our Eyes!


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The Program

Walnut Street Theatre and The Philadelphia Inquirer are excited to announce our fourth year of partnership aimed at introducing local high school students to the art of theatre and writing. Qualified students (grades 9-12), along with an adult mentor of their choice, will be invited to attend the final Dress Rehearsal of four of the Walnut's 2013-2014 Mainstage productions. With a focus on writing and critical thought, the students will be asked to submit a feature article after each production with the chance of being selected for publishing in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The year-long program will also include several exclusive, behind-the-scenes events both at the Walnut and at the offices of The Inquirer. The goal of this unique program is to create a deep and meaningful shared cultural experience for both student and adult alike.

Students and their parents at the 2010-2011 "Seeing the Stage Through Our Eyes" Mid-Year Event

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The Shows


ELF is the charming tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, he embarks on a journey to New York City with dreams to find his birth father and discover his true identity. What's an adopted elf to do when he realizes his father is on Santa's 'naughty' list and his half-brother doesn't believe that there is a Santa Claus? It's up to Buddy to save Christmas! Find your inner ELF as the writers of Annie and The Wedding Singer adapt the hit film into the unforgettable gift of a Broadway musical for the holiday season!


OTHER DESERT CITIES is the story of a once promising novelist, who returns home after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former leading Republicans, and her eccentric liberal aunt. When the novelist announces she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family's history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil as the family struggles to come to terms with their past. In this family, secrets are everything. You'll be on the edge of your seat as their family mystery unfolds. OTHER DESERT CITIES is both a funny and gripping new Broadway drama from the creator of TV's Brothers & Sisters and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is one of the American theatre's funniest comedies. Drama critic Mortimer Brewster is engaged to the lovely Elaine Harper... but will she fit in with his 'unusual' family? Abby and Martha Brewster are known throughout Brooklyn for their many acts of kindness and charity. But Mortimer has just learned that his charming spinster aunts have taken to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide! What else can go wrong? Their brother believes that he's Teddy Roosevelt! Don't miss our 75th Anniversary production of the classic madcap comedy ARSENIC AND OLD LACE.


A musical satire of 1960s big business and all it held sacred, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How To Succeed In Business" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the company man, the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. This blockbuster musical comedy features a beloved score packed with such hit standards as "I Believe in You," "Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm," "The Company Way," "Been a Long Day," "Rosemary" and "Brotherhood of Man."

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For more information please contact Rob Weinstein at or (215) 574-3580 or robw@walnutstreettheatre.org