[This production contains mature language and situations.]

An ambitious high school senior, hell-bent on starting her school’s first marching band, pulls together a cohort of unlikely peers. And despite the differences among them – think: Breakfast Club – things are working. Sort of.

Until a mysterious exchange student shows up.

Walden Theatre is proud to present Phantom Band by Krista Knight and directed by Alec Volz. The play, the newest in Walden Theatre’s challenging Slant Culture Series, examines what it means to summon art from the cauldron of anxieties, fiercely protected secrets, and furtive desires that is high school. And it does so with a wicked sense of humor.

“I wanted to see what would happen,” said playwright Krista Knight, “if I adapted Phantom of the Opera for a high school marching band, with the gender roles reversed.”

Phantom Band is Walden Theatre’s latest Slant Culture Series play. A laboratory for new plays by rising playwrights that feature complex teen characters, the Slant Culture Series encourages young actors to seek inspiration from a fresh, inward angle. Previous selections include The Disappearance of Daniel Hand by Dan O’Brien, My So-Called So-Called Life by David Murray, and the powerful, tragic When In Disgrace (Haply I Think on Thee) by Damon Krometis.

“Anything can happen in theater, and actors playing ages they aren’t is absolutely appropriate and native to the form,” said Knight. “But teenagers acting as teenagers, being in those bodies, accessing experiences from the gut—from the immediate world around them—I don’t think anything could be better, more honest, or more exciting for this play.”


Phantom Band runs November 10-19 on the Nancy Niles Sexton Stage at Walden Theatre. Evening performances are November 10 & 11 at 8:00 p.m., and November 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday matinee performances are November 12 & 19 at 2:00 p.m. The theatre is fully accessible, but patrons requiring special seating arrangements should notify the theatre ahead of time. Box office opens in the Walden Theatre lobby one hour before each performance, and the house opens 30 minutes before curtain. All seating is general admission.

Tickets are available for purchase or reserve by calling Walden Theatre at (502) 589-0084 or emailing Dan Welch (Outreach Director) at dwelch@waldentheatre.org. Evening performances cost $15 Adults and $10 Students/Seniors, and matinee performances are $10 Adults and $8 Students/Seniors. Groups of ten or more can reserve tickets for $8 each to any performance. Please call ahead for group tickets. Fund for the Arts ArtsCard holders can present the card for 2-for-1 tickets.