As we head into the summer, Walden Theatre is presenting public performances all season of the all-ages play 1001 Nights by Diana Grisanti. The play is produced by Walden Theatre professional theatre staff, complete with lights, costumes, and even a song-and-dance number. But the performers are all 8-14 year olds participating in Walden Theatre’s three-week long Summer Academy acting camp.


The shows are the culmination of the camp’s acting intensive where kids learn the essentials of performing in a play. Each year these camps and the public performances have grown in popularity, and shows typically sell out. Here’s the vital information about all of this summer’s performances:

1001 Nights

by Diana Grisanti
adapted and updated from the classic 1001 Arabian Nights
Tickets are $8, and all performances are held at Walden Theatre’s Nancy Niles Sexton Stage, 1123 Payne Street, Louisville KY 40204. Information at and 502.589.0084. Tickets can be purchased at Walden Theatre. Shows sell out!
1001 Nights-webDirected by Alec Volz
  • June 21 @ 7:30pm
  • June 22 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Directed by Hallie Dizdarevic
  • June 28 @ 7:30pm
  • June 29 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Directed by Charlie Sexton
  • July 26 @ 7:30pm
  • July 27 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Directed by Julane Havens
  • August 2 @ 7:30pm
  • August 3 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Directed by Jennifer Pennington
  • August 9 @ 7:30pm
  • August 10 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Directed by Melinda Crecelius
  • August 16 @ 7:30pm
  • August 17 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
The play is suitable for all ages. Past summer performances at Walden Theatre included The SeussOdyssey, Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.