Topeka Civic Theatre

Helen Hocker Theater

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Helen Hocker Theater produces several youth and adult productions each year and provides a large theatrical summer camp for kids. Helen Hocker Theater’s rich history began in 1965 and continues today in its facility located in beautiful Gage Park. Topeka Civic Theatre manages Helen Hocker Theater through a partnership agreement with Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.

Mission Statement

Bringing our diverse community together to learn about, experience, and celebrate the joys of live theatre.

Halloween - Helen Hocker Theater Style

Helen Hocker Theatre presents Project Terror: a fear experiement and Project Halloween: a spooktastic adventure for all ages. Both haunted house experiences are theatrical and dramatic in their owns way, for their respected audiences. Scroll down through our season productions to learn more.


  • The Outsiders

    The Outsiders

    A coming-of-age tale about the rivalry between the Greasers, a group of boys from a poorer community and the rich, high class Socs, through the point of view of Ponyboy, a 14-year-old Greaser.

  • Bye Bye Birdie

    Bye Bye Birdie

    One of the most captivating musicals of our time. It is a satire crafted with the fondest affection telling the story of a rock ‘n roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army.