Whether you are a student, prospective student, audience member, or alum, the Dominican Theatre Department welcomes you to a theatre where you will be inspired, entertained, and moved by the energy and talent of our students! At Dominican, we are committed to providing a wide range of theatre experiences for the actor, the singer, the technician, the set builder and the directors. In any four-year period, students can expect to work on a huge show, an intimate show, musicals from different styles, plays that make you laugh or cry, and continue to learn about different eras and styles. Come join us for the experience of a lifetime!





MAY 2-4, 2019

Choreographed by Chris Gilbert

We’re only just getting started. The second installment of “Elevation” will bring the same energy, dance, meaning and music that the audience experienced year-one. Choreographed again by Chris Gilbert, Elevation II promises to build off of the already inspirational 2018 performance.



FEBRUARY 15-24, 2019

Directed by Jeff Schaetzke       Choreographed by Michael Endter

Dominican is proud to present the family-friendly Disney’s NEWSIES.   This high-energy, high-flying dance show is based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, and the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.” With hit songs like ‘Santa Fe’, “The World Will Know”, “Once And For All”, and “King of New York”, Dominican Theatre will showcase its dance talent, musical talent, technical expertise, and collaboration with Disney’s NEWSIES.

Congratulations to Dominican’s Theatre Department On 23 Jerry Award nominations for Dominican’s Winter Musical, Disney’s “Newsies”!

Dominican was nominated for:

Outstanding musical
Outstanding Ensemble
Outstanding Orchestra
Outstanding Lead Performer: Jarred Manista for Jack Kelly
Outstanding Lead Performer: Jude Hermany for Jack Kelly
Outstanding Lead Performer: Adela Luna for Katherine Plummer
Outstanding Lead Performer: Madelyn Ballard For Katherine Plummer
Outstanding Lead Performer: Mason Sammarco for Davey
Outstanding Lead Performer: Harrison Carter for Crutchie
Outstanding Lead Performer: Amira Elsafy for Medda Larkin
Outstanding Lead Performer: Lizzie Kuesel for Medda Larkin
Outstanding Lead Performer: Anthony Grafton for Pulitzer
Outstanding Young Performer: Xavier Parlier for Les
Outstanding Direction: Jeff Schaetzke
Outstanding Choreography: Michael Endter
Outstanding Musical Direction: Matt Zembrowski and Jeff Schaetzke

Outstanding Stage Management: Maria Tijerina
Outstanding Overall Design
Outstanding Scenic Design: Nick Murel
Outstanding Lighting Design: Bryn Van Beek
Outstanding Costume Design: Barb Minter and Karen Dolan
Outstanding Sound Design: Michael Michaud, Fiona Selep, Isaac Hall, Susie Dobbs
Spirit Award to be voted on by cast/crew

Dominican was also nominated for 19 Jerry Awards for its fall production of “Spitfire Grill.”

The Jerry Awards will be announced in early May, and will be recognized at the Jerry Awards Ceremony at the Overture Center in Madison on June 9. Congrats Dominican Theatre!


FALL MUSICAL: The Spitfire Grill

October 5-13, 2018

Directed by Jeff Schaetzke     Musical Direction by Matt Zembrowski ’01

Dominican is pleased to present this Wisconsin musical, written in, and taking place in the woods of Wisconsin. With beautiful folk music, and an uplifting story about acceptance and generosity, “Spitfire Grill” has been an audience-pleaser for the last decade. A parolee finds herself in the Wisconsin woods with a job at a local grill. With the locals skeptical of her presence, Percy finds herself in the middle of gossip, some trouble and eventually as the healing force for a town, and a watering hole in need of some light.


FALL PLAY: Almost, Maine

NOVEMBER 1-4, 2018

Directed by Jenna Bonofiglio

As the Northern lights hover in the star-filled night sky, residents of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected ways. Knees are bruised, hearts are broken, love is found, lost, and confounded. But the bruises heal and the hearts are mended in this sweet, romantic comedy. “Almost, Maine” inventively explores the mysteries of the human heart, touching audiences with laughter, heartbreak and hope. Nine sweet short plays that tell a story.

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