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Chrysalis Players Mission Statement:

The Chrysalis Players is a group of youth and adults whose focus is to produce inclusive, quality community theater for young people by young people (and the young at heart).

Chrysalis Players Programs include:

- Pillow Plays

- Drama Classes

- Summer Stock Camp

- Main Stage Productions

-The Jeff Walker Youth One-Act Festival

Pillow Plays

Presented by kids, for kids, Pillow Plays are an excellent way to introduce your children to theatre, either as an actor or as an audience member!  Shows are enjoyed at 10am & 2pm in the lobby on the first Saturday of October, November, December, March, April, and May and are geared towards children ages 10 and under. Bring a pillow and join us!

Want to get your child involved in Pillow Plays? Check out the Audition Page to keep up-to-date on opportunities.

Jeff Walker Youth One-Act Festival

The Jeff Walker One Act Festival commemorates a rising young actor at the Drama League who tragically lost his life in a car accident at 17. It provides opportunities for over 100 area youth (ages 5– 18) from diverse backgrounds to learn, gain experience and participate in theatre by acting, directing, play-writing and filling technical roles. WDL holds open auditions.  All are then mentored throughout the summer by experienced volunteer adults, culminating in a juried one act festival each year which is open to the public without charge. These programs serve to introduce young people to the arts, improve self esteem, hone communication skills, and for some, open a potential career path.

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming involved with Chrysalis, please e-mail

Starts at 1 PM

Admission is Free

Donations Appreciated!

​Adjudicated One Act Festival

Young people come together to write, direct, act and provide technical services for the

Jeff Walker One Act Festival.


The shows this year will be:

The Cat Napper Mystery

*Wouldn’t It Be Nice

A History of Messy Rooms

*A Socially Distant Social Disaster

The Pinocchio Problem

*Plans Change

*Indicates an original play written by

one of our youth participants

              About the

                   Jeff Walker Youth One Act Festival


In the early days of the Drama League’s Children’s Wing, now known as the Chrysalis Players, a young talent named Jeff Walker was one of the shining stars. Not only was he extraordinarily gifted onstage, but he was also incredibly charismatic and lit up the building with his broad smile and  infectious personality.


 For several years, he was a welcome fixture in the cast of nearly every Children’s Wing show. This included being cast as Benvolio in the Wilmington Drama League’s 1995 production of Romeo & Juliet. On April 27th, the Thursday  between performance weekends, Jeff was tragically killed in a car accident near his home at the age of  seventeen. The show proceeded through closing weekend with the director reading his lines from the script.


In the months that followed, he was posthumously presented with the Bob Evans Award for exemplary youth in theatre. And the regional youth one act festival in Pennsylvania, in which he had won the first-ever award for Best Actor, was renamed in his honor. The Wilmington Drama League has since become the host for that annual event and it retains his name. 


Many of the young people in this festival were not even born the day that we lost Jeff, but they are touched by everything he contributed to help grow the Chrysalis Players to what it is today.  We dedicate this festival to Jeff.

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Photography by MJ Mac Productions



Photography by MJ Mac Productions