The Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater is located across from another of Austin’s celebrated wonders - Barton Springs Pool.
The Summer Musical at the Zilker Hillside Theater has been an Austin tradition that has thrilled family audiences for over 50 years. Since the inaugural production, Seventeen, on Sept. 1 and 2, 1959, audiences have gathered each summer to be charmed, engaged and entertained at the theater.
Over the years, the musical has grown from an Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s project for high school students into the highly polished, professional theatrical production of Broadway musicals under the stars. In honor of the founder of the Zilker Summer Musical, the renovated Hillside Theater was named the Beverly S. Sheffield Hillside Theater in 1998 during its 40th anniversary season.
There is handicap parking and wheelchair access to the immediate left and right of the backstage area of the theater building. There is a ramp that accesses a continuous route to the ADA area in front of the actual stage. ADA seating is provided on a first-come first-served basis. There is room for approximately 16 wheelchairs in the first row right in front of the stage. Companions of ADA attendees are welcome to sit in the first row as long as it does not displace others in need of ADA access.
Come early to access the ADA parking spaces adjacent to the theater. ADA parking spaces are limited, so you may need to drop off individuals requiring ADA access and circle around to find a regular parking space. Individuals can still take advantage of the ADA access and space availability in front of the stage without an ADA parking spot.