The Xavier Fine Arts Theatre is a state-of-the-art facility designed to welcome all visitors for entertainment and education. The main theatre features tiered seating for 749 with some wheelchair accessible seating, zero-step entrances, an orchestra pit, control room for the lighting and sound systems and a fly loft. A fly loft is a vertical space that allows curtains, scenery and lights to be "flown" upward for quick scene changes. A hearing loop system to enhance sound for t-coil equipped hearing aids was recently added.
A Lasting Gift
The theatre was built after a generous donation by Clarence and Delores Wallace, supporters of Catholic education and passionate advocates for fine arts education. After the Wallaces donation in 1997, a building committee for the theatre wing was formed and Jim Romenesko was called in as a professional consultant. As the project progressed, he was hired full-time as the Theatre Director, and the theatre opened with its first performance in September of 1998. Since then, the stage has hosted many Xavier High School performances, student assemblies, community productions and presentations.
An Enduring Legacy
Christmas Stars and ALL RISE! The Northeast Wisconsin Passion Play are long-running annual productions featuring volunteer student and adult performers from the local area. Jim Romenesko writes and directs both productions. Both are fund-raisers for the St Francis Xavier Catholic School System.
Xavier Theatre Past Musicals
1998 Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2000 Jesus Christ Superstar
2001 The Wiz
2002 Hello Dolly
2003 Little Shop of Horrors
2004 Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2005 Fiddler On the Roof
2006 Annie Get Your Gun
2008 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
2010 Phantom of the Opera
2011 Jesus Christ Superstar
2012 The Music Man
2013 Shrek the Musical
2014 Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2015 A Christmas Carol
2016 Fiddler on the Roof
2017 Guys and Dolls
2018 The Addams Family
2019 Leader of the Pack (spring)
2019 Annie Get Your Gun
2020 Grease (spring)
2021 Spin – The Music of the ‘60s (spring)
2021 All Together Now
2022 Little Shop of Horrors (spring)
2022 The Sound of Music
2023 Spin Decades (spring)
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