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VISTA Productions


Theatre department of Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy 

Our theatre program offers students from Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy rich  opportunities to collaborate while creating exciting and meaningful theatrical productions and  story-telling. We encourage students to recognize, explore and develop their talents through  the many disciplines of theatre arts including acting, singing, dancing, and technical production. 


Housed in the Visitation Fine Arts Center, the DeSales auditorium presents the perfect  environment for VISTA’s impressive, award-winning productions. 


VISTA Productions 

Upper School 

VISTA Productions, the upper school theatre program, produces three mainstage productions a  year: a fall play or musical, Full Circle which is a student created production in the winter and a  spring musical. Students may participate in acting, singing, dancing, scenic crew, and technical  theatre. Full Circle is based on a new theme every year and offers numerous creative and  

leadership opportunities which may include script writing, directing, and choreographing. In  addition, we also produce the VISTA Variety Show which is a two night celebration of the  outstanding talents of Vis and STA students and faculty. 

VISTA Productions 2022-2023 Season 

VISTA Variety Show returns 

🎤with an impressive line up of  talents 🎶


Max Verbugge, Meara Brendel, Grace, Huser, Maia Sutton, The Faculty Lounge and the Three Day Weekend, Anh Nguyen, B.C. Calculus Glee Club, 

Declan Wilson, Astrid Keiser Kisting/Sarah Kodama/Catherine Carlquist/, Maura McMahon, 

 the band SNELLING with Nate Aamodt, George Hoppe, Reid Smith, Joe Piazza

with your hosts
Adrian Singh and Grace Loonan


Two shows only
Friday February 3
Saturday February 4

All tickets $10 at the door
Proceeds benefit VISTA Fine Arts programs


Script by Harvey Fierstein 
Music by Alan Menken 
April 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30 
23, 30 at 2:00

Contact Elliott Hays or Wendy Short-Hays with questions.

Musical Theatre Master Dance Class 

Taught by a cadre of impressive, professional musical theatre and dance artists whose credits  include Broadway, national and international tours and local professional theatres and dance  companies such as Guthrie Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Ordway, Flying Foot Forum,  Cowles Center for the Arts, Park Square Theatre, and Collide Dance Theatre. 

This class is open to Visitation and Saint Thomas Upper School students of all skill levels. It’s an  excellent way to experience a wide variety of dance forms taught by experienced, professional  dancer/ choreographers. You’ll not only learn technique but also how to perform while  dancing. No prior dance experience necessary! All students welcome. 

Classes are held in DeSales Auditorium Saturdays 10:00-11:30 

October 1, October 8, October 15 October 29
November 12
December 10, December  17
January 7, January 14

Link to sign up for class

VISTA Middle School Musical 

Matilda Jr. 

February 24 and 25 at 7:30 
26 at 2:00 

The VISTA Middle School musical invites students in grades 6-8 to experience the art of musical  theatre in a production that rehearses and performs in the winter season. This year’s title will  be MATILDA JR. and auditions will be held in December with rehearsals beginning after break in  January. We welcome Kyle Weiler, professional choreographer, director and performer, to  direct our production this year. Ross Bell will once again be the music director for the production.  

VISTA Variety Show 

February 3 and 4 at 7:30








Returning to our production season this year is the VISTA VARIETY SHOW. All upper school  students and faculty are invited to share their talents in this exciting two-night event. The  audition and tech rehearsal are scheduled in the early evening so those who are involved in  sports and other after school activities and clubs may audition. We invite musicians, vocalists,  dancers, comedians, bands and ensembles to contribute to this exciting and popular event. 

VISTA Middle School Theater 2023 - Matilda the Musical JR.

  • The VISTA Middle School students will be performing Matilda the Musical, Jr. directed by Kyle Weiler with music direction by Ross Bell.
  • VISTA Middle School Theater is a co-ed program of Visitation Middle School girls and STA Middle School boys.
  • Performances: February 24 @ 7:30, 25 @ 7:30, 26 @ 2:00, 2023
  • Audition Date: Monday, December 12 from 3:15-5:00 p.m.

·       Matilda Audition Workshop: Monday, November 28 from 3:15-4:30 p.m.

·       Parent Meeting: Monday, November 28 from 4:30-5:00 p.m.

*Note that attendance at the audition workshop is not required. It is being offered as a way to excite and prepare the students for auditions on December 12th. Following the workshop, parents will have the opportunity to engage with the director about this production from 4:30-5:00 p.m.  


  • Rehearsals start January 4 and rehearsals will be Monday through Friday from 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. at Visitation.
  • Contact Middle School Music Director, Ross Bell at for more information.
  • A nominal fee will go towards the show t-shirts and parents may be asked to donate materials for set building.
  • No experience necessary and all levels and abilities are welcome. Please note that cuts are based on the needs of the show and students availability. Student's conflicts will need to be stated in the audition intake form. Actors are not allowed to miss rehearsals beginning February 15th through the end of the production. 
  • Actors should come to all auditions/workshops/rehearsals wearing something to move in that’s comfortable and not restricting. Closed-toe character shoes, school shoes, or sneakers should be worn at all times.

Now in VISTA News 

VISTA welcomes guest artist to co-direct  
Peter and the Starcatcher 

VISTA Productions fall show Peter and the Starcatcher has been cast and is in rehearsal. This 14  person company is being put through their creative paces by directing team Wendy Short-Hays  and guest artist Ben McGovern whose credits include The Guthrie Theatre, Theatre de la June  Lune and Artistry.

Peter and the Starcatcher 

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. 

Featuring 14 actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the  story to life. This production is appropriate for the whole family.

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"I am a big fine arts guy: I play the violin, I absolutely love theatre, and I really enjoy composing music. After a long school day, I get to go over to Visitation where the theatre is held, enjoy the fun people who are there, and do something I love. This has strengthened my experience at STA greatly. Other students support me at STA and attend the musicals and plays."

—STA student