Theater Department of STA & Visitation

Theatrical opportunities abound for Saint Thomas Academy and Convent of the Visitation School students. Involvement in VISTA Productions allows you to apply your scholastic knowledge while nurturing your creative talents. We offer a wide variety of theatrical productions ranging from classical works such as Shakespeare to contemporary pieces by national and local playwrights.

Our season also includes instruction in comedy improvisation techniques, dance and choreography, with numerous opportunities for student leadership in the creative and production process. Every year, we strive to design a season that challenges and enlightens our students while helping them discover their talents.

2017-18 Season

Wendy Short-Hays and Elliott Hays, directors of VISTA Productions, are excited about the new collaborations this year. Learn more about VISTA Productions opportunities for you—including acting, singing, scenic, and technical crews.

Wendy Short-Hays, Randi Rexroth and Elliott Hays
See the directory for contact information.

VISTA M.S. Presents:



Performances are 7:00 pm. in DeSales Theater, VISITATION SCHOOL

Thursday, Feb. 22, Friday, 23rd and Saturday, 24th

Tickets can only be purchased at the door.
Students and Seniors: $5
Adults: $8.00

Concessions are sponsored by the 8th Grade CHICAGO Music Tour
Questions should be directed to Julia Fahey at


Set in a seaport of Naples, Italy this zany comedy based in Comedia del Arte style is a laugh riot of physicality, over the top characters, fast-paced dialogue and a song or two.  There will be many opportunities for VISTA actors to explore this bombastic comedic style.

November 10,11, 17, 18 @ 7:30 p.m. & November 12, 19 @ 2:00 p.m.


Variety Show

A show featuring STA & VIS upper school students and faculty in varied acts of wide variety…music, dance, novelty, acting, comedy, stupid pet tricks...

January 5, 6 @ 7:30 p.m.


Full Circle - "You Are Here"

A journey of discovery…..

Think of those maps with the big X where it says "You Are Here" connects us to where we begin, the journey we take, who we meet, and what we learn along the way.


February 2, 3 @ 7:30 p.m. & February 4 @ 2:00 p.m.


Les Miserables

Composer:Claude-Michel Schonberg

Playwrights: Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boubill

Lyricists: Alain Boubill, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel 

Based on novel by Victor Hugo


April 27, 28, May 4, 5 @ 7:30 p.m. & April 29 and May 6 @ 2:00 p.m.