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The combined theater department of Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy offers numerous areas of involvement to create theatrical productions throughout the school year. There are three main stage productions a year as well as a comedy improv show and a Middle School production in the winter.

Opportunities include performing, acting, singing, dancing, scenic and technical crews, costuming, script writing, stage management, box office and choreography. Auditions for each production are posted throughout the school and on each school's websites. Production dates are in the school calendar.

Following are some of the opportunities for students:

  • Running Crew Runs all technical aspects of a particular production in cooperation with STA. Meets at all tech rehearsals and performances. Must be accepting of others and follow production protocol. Chosen from Scenic and Tech Crews (prioritized by contribution and seniority). Must commit to ALL rehearsals, performances and strikes.
  • Scenic Crew and Tech Crew Develops and supplies technical support to theater and various other productions in cooperation with STA. Meeting times are after school and weekends. Must be accepting of others and willing to try new things.
  • Theatre Council Provides student input and leadership from all areas of theater (producing, costumes, crew, Improv, etc.) in cooperation with STA. Meets every Wednesday after school and three or four special weekend meetings. Responsibilities include providing leadership throughout the school year and planning events. Chosen through an election process.

More VISTA information. Current season's line-up.

VISTA Tickets

VISTA Productions proudly presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The production will be streamed Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 18-20. Tickets go on sale on Dec. 1. Purchase tickets here.

The Visitation Choirs offer many performing opportunities throughout the school year, including all-school Masses, formal concerts, holiday caroling in the community and nationwide travel. Our diverse repertoire spans sacred, classical and world music as well as pop, jazz and theater styles.

  • Bel Canto is an ensemble open to all students in grades 9-12. There is no audition to join, and no prior singing experience is required. Bel Canto performs with Chamber Choir at most concerts during the year.
  • Chamber Choir is an advanced ensemble open to select students in grades 10-12. There is an audition to join, and prior singing experience is required. Chamber Choir is also an honors-level credit course.
  • VISTA Choir combines Bel Canto and the Saint Thomas Men’s Choir. This ensemble performs at most of the concerts throughout the school year and has toured around the United States.

More choral program information, including audio clips from performances.

VISTA is a performing arts collaboration with Saint Thomas Academy. Besides performing locally, VISTA music ensembles have traveled in the United States and Europe.

  • Concert/Marching Band, open to any student with prior band experience, presents three formal concerts annually and also performs at military ceremonies and athletic and community events.
  • String Orchestra offers string players of varying levels and experiences the opportunity to perform music from many different genres. The Upper School VISTA Orchestra performs in formal concerts, school Masses, the annual gala, and at other community and all-conference opportunities. A well-rounded musical experience is fostered through collaboration with the VISTA orchestra and choral programs.
  • Jazz Ensemble plays music from a wide variety of genres and historical periods using saxophones, trumpets, trombones, bass, guitar, piano and drums. VISTA Jazz performs at three formal concerts and other school and community events each year.
Ballet Master Marius Andahazy

“The Dance is, of all the arts, the one that most influences the Soul. Dancing is divine in its nature and is a gift of God.” 

- Plato

We are excited to continue to offer quality ballet instruction to students in each of our divisions. Anna Goodrich, friend and colleague to Marius Andahazy, will oversee lessons in our Upper and Middle School. Meanwhile, Nandi Tippett ‘13, who studied with Mr. Andahazy during her time at Visitation, will provide lessons to the Lower School students. 

In order to sign up for lessons, please contact Andrea Hofland in the Registrar Office (ahofland@vischool.org). To determine the appropriate class, please read the descriptions below:

Lower School Ballet Program

CLD1W: Lower School Level I ballet lessons will take place on Wednesdays from 3 - 4:20 p.m. 

CLD2W: In addition, Visitation offers an opportunity for those students who have already trained for two years in ballet to remain in the lessons an additional 25 minutes, until 4:45 p.m.

There is a $590 accompanist fee. We ask that students purchase apparel using the Grand Jeté Order Form (available online here). Please note that lessons will begin Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and continue through Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

Middle/Upper School Ballet Program

Lessons 1x/week

ASBM: Levels I & II lessons will take place on Mondays from 3:15 - 5 p.m. These lessons are intended for students who wish to begin ballet or continue their knowledge of the basics of ballet. The lessons take place on Mondays beginning August 30 and continue for the duration of the school year.

ASBT: Levels II & III lessons will take place on Tuesdays from 3:15 - 5 p.m. These lessons are intended for students who have completed the Introduction to Ballet Course (within the school day) or have progressed to train in a second and third level. The lessons take place on Tuesdays beginning on August 31 and continue for the duration of the school year. 

There is a $590.00 accompanist fee, and we ask that students purchase apparel here. Please note that if Upper School students wish to receive academic credit or participate in this program so as to fulfill their second PE requirement, they should reach out to the Director of Upper School, Anna Barter (abarter@vischool.org). Otherwise, students are welcome to participate in the course as an extracurricular activity.  

Lessons 2x/week

Students who wish to participate in ballet lessons twice a week can do so by registering for either of the following:

CMTAS (Mondays and Tuesdays) OR
CMThS (Mondays and Thursdays)

Beginning on August 30, these lessons last from 3:15 - 5 p.m. and continue for the duration of the school year. 

There is a $590.00 accompanist fee, and we ask that students purchase apparel here. Please note that if Upper School students wish to receive academic credit or participate in this program so as to fulfill their second PE requirement, they should reach out to the Director of Upper School, Anna Barter (abarter@vischool.org). Otherwise, students are welcome to participate in the course as an extracurricular activity.

Lessons 3x/week  

CMTTH: Students who wish to participate in ballet lessons three times a week can do so on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:15 - 5 p.m., starting on August 30 and continuing for the duration of the school year. Note: Students in this class have already taken Introduction to Ballet so as as to fulfill the training for “en pointe” during the Thursday lessons. There is a $590.00 accompanist fee, and we ask that students purchase apparel here. Please note that if Upper School students wish to receive academic credit or participate in this program so as to fulfill their second PE requirement, they should reach out to the Director of Upper School, Anna Barter (abarter@vischool.org). Otherwise, students are welcome to participate in the course as an extracurricular activity.

Ballet Master Marius Andaházy, who trained under his parents at the Andaházy School of Classical Ballet, continued his studies in Manhattan on scholarships at both the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre School. He has performed in Europe and Scandinavia professionally with the Royal Swedish Ballet. The Bolshoi and Kirov (presently called the Mariinsky) Ballets of Russia invited him to train daily with them during eight different North American tours. He has trained Visitation students since 1984. Simultaneously he has instructed for 18 years at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

We ask that students purchase apparel using the Grand Jeté Order Form (available online here).