Hilltop Player signs Off-Broadway Contract







World Premiere of 18 Victoria

Cody Daigle-Orians’ play will receive it’s first ever production at WLU Theatre.

In a trio of interlocking monologues, 18 VICTORIA tells the story of three siblings Ben, Catherine and Stephen who are struggling to piece together their broken family relationship in the wake of their fathers untimely death. But a larger crisis looms. 18 Victoria, an asteroid the size of a few city blocks, is on a trajectory to collide with Earth and will cause an extinction event on the scale of the one that killed the dinosaurs. As they share their stories of facing the last days of the human race, they also grapple with memories of their father, a troubled childhood, and their shared inability to connect as adults. In an apocalyptic present, its the wreckage of the past that endures.


Poe: Master of the Macabre wins National Awards





Poe: Master of the Macabre receives Kennedy Center Honors:

Distinguished Production, Distinguished Ensemble, Distinguished Director, Distinguished Actor (J. Shook), Distinguished Lighting Design (A. Franke), Distinguished Sound Design (B. Dunn) Distinguished Design (A. Franke, M. Storms, B.Dunn, M.Lash)


HOPE AND GRAVITY Elevates the 2017 season

WLU Hilltop Players present HOPE AND GRAVITY on February 16-17 and 23-25 at 7:30pm and February 26 at 3:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased at wluhope.brownpapertickets.com.  Reservation can be made by calling 304.336.8277.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol: Scrouge and Marley by Charles Dickens, Adopted for the stage by Israel Horovitz. Opening December 1 at 7:30 pm in Kelly Theater. Additional Show and Ticket Information: wlucarol.brownpapertickets.com

POE: Master of the Macabre

WLU Hilltop Players Present POE: Master of the Macabre by John Hardy, Opening Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 pmin Kelly Theater. Additional Show and Ticket Information: westliberty.edu/poe

Godspell 2012 Huge Hit !!!!

WLU Hilltop Players have a successful run of Godspell 2012 to large and appreciative audiences. In addition to the entertaining show, the production collected food and clothing for the region’s underprivileged by offering reduced ticket prices for anyone who brought a donation. The show included an offering that raised over $800 that was donated to the Wheeling’s Winter Freeze Shelter and the area’s Food Banks.

Hilltop Player sews up Off-Broadway Contract

ARTICLE FROM THE WHEELING INTELLIGENCER Wheeling resident Michael Blatzer, a 2016 graduate of West Liberty University, is living his dream in New York City as one of the costumers for the new play, “Party Face,” starring Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA...

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on the Hilltop!!!

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a delightful family story about the true meaning of Christmas, will close the fall season for the West Liberty University Hilltop Players. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, and 9 and at 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 10. The...

Hilltop Players Announce Biggest Season Ever!!!

West Liberty, WV. – The West Liberty University Hilltop Players announce it’s 2017-2018 season, one they expect to be the biggest and most memorable to date. In addition to an aggressive four-production season, two special events are part of this year’s events. AS IT...

Theater @ West Liberty

The WLU Theatre Program is part of the university’s College of Arts and Communication.  As part of the Department of Music and Theatre, the program has two full-time faculty, two adjunct faculty, and numerous staff/contracted artists.  The program currently offers one degree: a B.S. in Communication: Theatre.  However the faculty have been developing the program to be able to offer multiple degree seeking options, including a B.A. in Theatre (with areas of emphasis) and a B.A. in Theatre Education.  In addition to offering the coursework needed for graduation, the program maintains an aggressive production season.  The Hilltop Players typically produce four to five main stage productions a year with opportunities for students to participate in a touring children’s theatre company and student-directed performances.  The season is chosen to offer a variety of ‘styles’ of shows giving our students the chance to be well-rounded artists, regularly performing contemporary dramas, comedies, classics, musicals, holiday extravaganzas, and children’s theatre.

Our Mission Statement

We strive to provide our students with an outstanding undergraduate education in theatre that is necessary to make the transition into a course of graduate study or entry-level position in a professional theatre.

Our Approach to Productions

The West Liberty University Theatre Program is committed to providing a variety of opportunities to our students in performance, believing that a well-rounded artist is more prepared to enter the world of professional theatre or graduate studies.  Many hours go into looking for the best projects for our students, the productions that will challenge them to grow and blossom as artists, and decisions are based on their ‘needs’ rather than the faculty’s ‘wants’.  We are a STUDENT-FOCUSED theatre program.