What makes the Zilker Summer Musical magical to you?


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From Kate Hix, ZTP’s Executive Director

I’ve been supporting the summer musical since I was a child in the 80s and 90s. Coming to the Zilker Summer Musical was my favorite thing to do all year, and I’d come as many times as someone would bring me each summer!


Maya at the Zilker Summer Musical

My mom would give me cash to drop in the buckets and I loved it — I asked for more bills so I could approach as many of the actors as possible. It was a small way to be a part of the magic of the show. Now my own daughter loves to drop money in the buckets and meet the actors.


At age 3, Maya is already a seasoned veteran, having attended both Hairspray and Shrek The Musical multiple times, and looks forward to sharing The Wizard of Oz with her new baby brother. Maya says the best part of the Zilker Summer Musical is eating cotton candy while everybody sings her favorite songs. The fact that a child so young can enjoy a musical over and over again (without disturbing other patrons like I’m sure she would inside a traditional quiet, dark theatre) is such a magical experience to witness!


As a parent and a musical theater lover, I support Zilker Theatre Productions because I believe the Zilker Summer Musical is a crucially important Austin cultural treasure…and because I love to see the look on my daughter’s face when the first actors step onto the stage and the orchestra starts the overture at sunset. It is truly one of the most magical theater – and outdoor – experiences imaginable. Even if I weren’t the Executive Director of ZTP, I would still tear up at the magical moment the “curtain rises” on a Zilker Summer Musical!



From Hope and Penelope (Kyle, TX)

Penelope at the ZSM 2011From her first show, Footloose in 2011, Penelope has been a fan of the annual Zilker Summer Musical (ZSM). For Penelope’s mom, Holly, it is really important for her raise her family with lots of great art experiences.


Holly shared all these pics to share how much Penelope loves to meet the actors before and after the show.


Penelope with the Audrey II at Little Shop of Horrors 2013

Penelope at the ZSM 2013

Penelope at the ZSM 2013


Penelope at the ZSM (2014)

Penelope at Oklahoma! (2014) with J. Quinton Johnson - now in Broadway's Hamilton

Penelope at Little Shop of Horrors (2013) and Shrek The Musical (2016) with Andrew Cannata

Holly appreciates how “Penelope has always had the best experiences with the cast members. Each year we find they’re the sweetest, most talented bunch of people you’d want your kid to look up to. As a parent, there just isn’t a better venue to share a theatre experience with your child than the Zilker Hillside.”


Holly also notes that going to the Zilker Summer Musical every year “stretches Penelope’s imagination and inspires her to create. This year, she tried out for the school musical at her elementary school, and is so excited for her own moment on stage! It’s a dream of hers to be on the Zilker Summer Musical stage one day.”



From Julie (Rindge, NH)
While visiting my family in Austin last summer, I brought my grandchildren to ZTP’s
Shrek The Musical. I expected to enjoy their excitement and enjoyment, I was happily surprised by my own captivation and delight in this professional production.


What a treasure for Austin! The sets were innovative, the costumes over the top, and the leads and chorus energetic with sweet singing and well executed dancing. I’ll be back next year!



Prima & Wes (Austin, TX)
We loved Shrek! Our kids (ages 6 and 7) were glued to the show. The singing, music, dancing and acting were excellent and very entertaining. We will make this a family tradition every year!


Dragon in ZTP's Shrek The Musical


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