Notre Dame Academy Traditions


Notre Dame Academy Traditions

What is the Middle School Play?

Every spring, NDA’s Middle School (grades 7 & 8 and occasionally 6th grade) puts on a musical production. This year’s performance will be Mary Poppins, Jr.

Our Middle School play is directed by NDA’s very own gifted music teacher Mrs. Lori Wukmir (who came from the Twin Cities’ theater community) and sets are designed by our very talented band teacher (and professional set designer) Adam Bestler. Along with giving our middle schoolers a hands-on theatre experience, this opportunity empowers our students to step out of their comfort zone, helps to develop self confidence and builds communication skills. Inevitably, this experience also creates long-lasting friendships along the way! Parents, alumni and community members come together to create all aspects of the production, from building sets to painting scenes, creating props, putting together costumes, and transforming teenage faces into theatrical masterpieces.

The NDA Middle School Play TRULY is a treasured community event.

Event Details

Join us in the NDA gym (transformed into a stunning theater) for the middle school performance of Mary Poppins, Jr.

Production dates are:

  • Thursday March 12, 7:00pm
  • Friday March 13, 7:00pm*
  • Saturday March 14, 2:00pm*
  • Saturday March 14, 7:00pm*
  • Sunday March 15, 1:00pm*

*Sadly, due to the rapid changes in recommendations from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health and the Archdiocese, we will be postponing our remaining performances of Mary Poppins Jr. at Notre Dame Academy. Please know that this decision is not being made lightly, however, based on current information, we do not want to put our students, patrons or staff in harm’s way.




  • General: $10.00
  • Seniors (65+) & Veterans: $9.00

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to have a child in the play to help out?
Absolutely not! We welcome (and very much appreciate) all who are willing to pitch in. Some jobs do require a signed liability waiver or VIRTUS check, other jobs do have a minimum age requirement. Volunteering with the school play is one of our parent’s most memorable moments at NDA, one that keeps on bringing them back each year.
Can my high school student earn service hours by volunteering?
Absolutely! Many of our alumni come back to help out with various areas of the play: hair/make-up, painting, stage set up & tear down. Please contact Mrs.Wukmir at lwukmir@nda-mn.org if your high schooler is looking for service hours.
Can I buy tickets at the door?
Absolutely, however it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance as occasionally tickets sell out, especially during our weekend matinee shows. You may purchase tickets online or pick up order forms in the school or parish offices.
Is seating assigned with purchased tickets and how does that process work?
Seating is assigned with all ticket purchases. The early bird catches the worm, so get your tickets sooner than later for the best seats in the house. You can purchase tickets for single or multiple dates either online or by completing the ticket order form that can be found in the school or parish offices. Ticket sales usually open early February and wheelchair accessibility is available, just note that preference when purchasing tickets. Online ticket sales will close the Friday before production week, but can still be purchased at the door.
Is there an intermission and are concessions available?
There is a 15 minute intermission during each show. You can grab a bite from our concessions area where you can recognize all of our play sponsors, take time to write out Star Notes for our cast members under the Wall of Fame, or just take a stretch break and take in all the wonderment of our school play during intermission.

How to Help

Donation Opportunities

We invite your family and/or organization to play an integral role in this year’s musical by contributing towards the cost of the production.

Sponsors Levels

Platinum (over $250), Gold ($150- $249) and Silver ($51-$149). You may donate online or with a printed form in English. (Spanish)

Sponsors are recognized in three distinct ways:

  • Listing in a weekly school email that is sent to school families and alumni.
  • Name featured on sponsor signage posted at the performances.
  • Recognition in the sponsor section of play program, detailing your valued contribution.

General Donation

Up to $50


Please contact the school office if you have items to donate.


The middle school play is truly a labor of love. 99% of the entire production is based on volunteer dedication. We have the following committees focusing on each aspect of the play: Costumes, Hair/Make-up, Painting, Stage Set-up/Tear-down, Props, Sound/Lighting, Photography, Stage Crew, Public Relations, Dress Rehearsal, Cast Party, Production Coordinator. All cast parents are expected to volunteer in some capacity, but we welcome anyone who wants to help. Whether you have a talent to share in one of these noted areas, or wanting to experience what the NDA play is all about, we would be thrilled to have extra hands on deck.
Please contact Lori Wukmir at lwukmir@nda-mn.org with any questions or interests in volunteering.

What People are Saying

“There are no words to describe the magic that happens during NDA’s Middle School Play, you just have to experience it.”
– parent volunteer 2019

“The Middle School Play is truly a labor of love. It starts with the exciting announcement every year, followed by weeks of hard work, with the reward being a memory that you and your child will never forget.”
– parent volunteer 2018

“Everyone works and bonds together creating good chemistry and leans on one another to create such a beautiful show.”
– student cast member 2019

“Its fun to see my classmates acting because I see a different part of them than at school.”
– student cast member 2018

Contact Information

Notre Dame Academy
13505 Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Phone: 952-358-3500
Fax: 952-935-2031

Doors open at 8:45 a.m.

School Hours:
9:00 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

Preschool Hours:
9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

School Mass:
Wednesdays and Holy Days at 9:15 a.m.

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