"Here, we create, perform, learn, love. Visi Arts is a family. It is home."
When the curtain goes up opening night at a Visitation production— whether for a musical or a drama—the stage lights reflect on the extraordinary efforts of each student.
Theater at Visitation is a community-building experience that allows our many talented students find their role within the broader context of theater. Students design and sew costumes, build and paint the sets, serve as stage managers and student directors, shine in the spotlight, and perform (and sometimes write) musical scores that bring a production to life.
Acting on the Nolan stage is more than following the script. Actors are encouraged to fully develop their characters, incorporating their student and life experiences to contextualize the script and mold characters that are vibrant and compelling. Our actors benefit from the experiences and direction of an acting coach, choreographer, technical director, and music director.
Visitation welcomes young men from local high schools to our stage, adding energy to the productions and creating friendships that span many performances. Conversely, Visitation students often audition for and perform in shows at area boys' schools, expanding performance opportunities and building a citywide theater community.
"It is such a once-in-a-lifetime feeling to see yourself with a part you love and a cast you love...to be part of a community that who can make it through obstacles."
"Playing Deloris was an amazing experience for me. Deloris has a big personality. I stepped out of my comfort zone and was finally on stage after being behind the scenes for past productions. Being on the other side, in the production, was something I'd never imagined, but I loved being a part of it."
International Thespian Society
Visitation belongs to the International Thespian Society (ITS), the only theatre honor society for middle and high school students in the country. Affiliation brings credibility and distinction to students, theatre programs, and schools. It is a visible, positive symbol of the quality of our theatre program.
ITS recognizes, rewards, and encourages student achievement and celebrates the work of students in all aspects of theatre – performance and production. Each student is honored on a national level and gains access to opportunities and resources beyond those at Visitation.