The Leander High School Theatre Department is the oldest Theater Department in all of Leander Independent School District. By offering classes in acting and performance, technical theatre, musical theatre, and theatre production, LHS Theatre serves over 150 students per year. The department also offers an International Baccalaureate course which gives students the opportunity to explore world theatre traditions, various theatre theories, and the creative process on a more scholastic and analytical level, similar to college-level Theatre courses.
Each year, the department produces a play, a full-scale musical, a touring children’s theatre show, several senior directed shows, and a One-Act Play which competes in the Texas UIL One-Act Play Competition.
Our musicals have received several BroadwayWorld-Austin and Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards and nominations, including BroadwayWorld-Austin Award nominations for Best School Production (Pippin, 2017) and GAHSMTA nominations for Best Production (Pippin, 2017), and Best Direction (Anything Goes, 2016). LHS Theatre alum Matthew Kennedy also received a GAHSMTA award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of the Leading Player in 2017’s production of Pippin.
LHS Theatre has also received countless accolades for its previous UIL One-Act Play productions. It has been named District Co-Champions and won numerous Area and Regional contests. Its productions of House of Blue Leaves (1998), and Sins of Sor Juana (2002) were named runner-up at State. LHS’s productions of All out (1993), Paganini (2003), Armitage (2007), and Picnic (2016) all had the honor to compete at State as well.
We are also an active state member in Thespians (troupe 5232) and compete at the Texas Thespians Convention every year. We have advanced numerous times to Nationals in Acting, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Design categories.
It is our goal to provide students the highest level of training to become theatre artists!
Act well your part; to there all the honor lies…