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Jeff Walker Youth One Act Festival

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The Story Behind the Jeff Walker One Act Festival

In the early days of the Wilmington 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 still retains his name.