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.

Summer Workshops

Do you have a budding talent in your house? Someone who sings, dances, acts or is just full of energy, imagination and creativity? Well, this is the perfect opportunity for the YOUNG AT ART! We’ll teach basic acting, dance, singing, performance and production skills, then combine these skills with a dazzling theatrical performance for parents and fans. Don’t let your budding talent miss this exciting opportunity to take those first steps to Broadway – a production-oriented workshop. Each session features a new and different production theme, so enroll in more than one! Click here for more information on Helen Hocker Summer Workshops.


  • The Old People Are Revolting

    The Old People Are Revolting

    Fed up with being ignored and relegated to the sidelines of life, they’ve decided to prove to the world just how dangerous seniors can be!

  • Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

    Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

    Junie B. Jones, 1st grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday sing-along and Secret Santa gift exchange at school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of her fun.

  • Clybourne Park

    Clybourne Park

    Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart.

  • Disney's Aristocats Kids

    Disney's Aristocats Kids

    The feline adventure is sure to get you tapping your feet to the upbeat, jazz score that includes some of your Disney favorites. Based on the Disney film.

  • Bonnie and Clyde

    Bonnie and Clyde

    Fearless, shameless, and alluring, the Tony-nominated musical is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country.

  • 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.