St. Ambrose Academy presents a high-caliber musical theater production each spring. The spring musical is open to students in grades 6 through 12.
The production team hosts an audition workshop in October to assist interested students with audition preparation. Auditions are typically held the first week of November. Performances are held in March.
Our production team includes a faithful group of professionals with decades of experience in musical theater education. We are intentional about selecting classic musicals with worthy themes for our students. We believe that a great musical with a well-crafted story can become a tool of inspiration and challenge us to live better lives, to value the dignity of each human person, and to love God with our whole heart, mind, and strength.
Students are provided with opportunities to engage in every aspect of the production process including:
- script and character analysis and time period study
- learning the musical score and solo and ensemble vocals
- blocking, staging and choreography
- set construction and painting
- backstage management
- teamwork and community building
St. Ambrose Academy participates in The Jerry Awards, one of Wisconsin’s High School Musical Awards Programs, which encourages, recognizes, and honors excellence in high school musical theater. Since our first musical in 2013, we have been recognized with many awards, listed below with our musicals.
St. Ambrose Is Proud to Announce Our 2024 Spring Musical:
Newsies | March 1-3, 2024
Meredith Willson’s The Music Man | 2023
Jerry Awards for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Leading Performance, and Outstanding Youth Performance
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers | 2022
Jerry Awards for Outstanding Leading Performance and Outstanding Choreography
In June 2022, Catherine Gernetzke (SAA ’23) was chosen by the judges of the Jerry Awards to move on to the national competition in New York City. As one of 92 students, Catherine rehearsed with professionals to put on an ensemble show on a Broadway stage. To read more about her journey, click here!
Singin’ in the Rain | 2020/2021
The Wizard of Oz | 2019
Jerry Awards for Outstanding Supporting Performance and Outstanding Youth Performance
Mary Poppins | 2018
Jerry Awards (*renamed from Tommy Awards in 2018) for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Leading Performance, and Outstanding Supporting Performance
Hello, Dolly! | 2017
Tommy Awards* for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Leading Performance, and two Outstanding Supporting Performances
The Sound of Music | 2016
Tommy Awards* for Outstanding Overall Design, Outstanding Leading Performance, and Outstanding Supporting Performance
Music Man | 2015
Tommy Awards* for Outstanding Leading Performance
Annie | 2014
Beauty and the Beast | 2013
Tommy Awards* for Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Supporting Performance