Notre Dame Academy Play Traditions

Middle School Play

Notre Dame Academy Play Traditions

Middle School Play

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 The Little Mermaid, 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

Our middle schoolers are very excited and blessed to be able to participate in our spring musical each year.



The show dates for the 2024 play are March 21-24.

Thursday, March 21 at 7:00pm

Friday, March 22 at 7:00pm

Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm

Saturday, March 23 at 7:00pm

Sunday, March 24 at 1:00pm

Seats assignments will be based on the date/time orders and payments are received. Seat assignments will be given at Will Call at each performance. Shows tend to sell out, please order tickets in advance. We will communicate any opportunities for walk-ins. Tickets may be ordered online or via this printable form. Online sales open Monday evening, February 26, at 7:00pm, and run until March 18. Paper tickets will be accepted beginning at 8:30am on Tuesday, February 27.

Are you attending the play?

  • Please park in the IHM Church lot and enter through the parish office doors.
  • All tickets need to be picked up at the Will Call table to receive your seat assignments.
  • Outside doors open 45 minutes prior to the show start time.
  • Doors to the theater open 15 minutes prior to the show start time.

Star Notes

We invite you to purchase our Star Notes! A handful of our younger students will be selling them in the hallway. Each one of our cast members has a photo on our Wall of Fame. This is a great way to congratulate your favorite cast member. Star Notes are each $1 or you may purchase six for $5. Cash is preferred as limited change is available. See you at the show!

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 $300), Gold ($200-$299), Silver ($100-$199) and General (up to $99). You may donate online or with a printed form.

Sponsors are recognized in a few different ways:

  • Listed in a weekly school email that is sent to school families.
  • Name featured on a sponsor slideshow during intermission.
  • Recognition in the sponsor section of the play program, detailing your valued contribution.


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, Weekend Warriors & Production Coordinator. We ask all cast parents to sign up to be on a committee and we welcome other adults who want 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.

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. Each year we have a Sign Up Genius to volunteer.

Can my high school student earn service hours by volunteering?

Yes! Alumni are asked to reach out to lwukmir@nda-mn.org.

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Tickets may sell out for certain shows, so we will communicate if we have availability for walk-ins.

What People are Saying

“The middle school musical is phenomenal every year, but most people don’t see the best part, behind the scenes. I’ve watched shy, awkward, teenagers blossom on stage to become confident, poised, and courageous. It’s remarkable to see them express empathy and respect towards each other while collaborating to create a production they are proud of.”
-Parent Volunteer

“My son isn’t what most people would call a “theater” kid, but he can’t wait to participate with all his friends every year in the middle school play.”

“The play is a team effort. Parents, grandparents, staff and teachers collaborate to build an amazing set and beautifully costume the entire middle school student body. As a parent I’ve made many friendships with kind families through this process.”
-Parent Volunteer

“Everyone works and bonds together creating good chemistry and leans on one another to create such a beautiful show.”
-Student Cast Member

“There are no words to describe the magic that happens during NDA’s Middle School Play, you just have to experience it.”
-Parent Volunteer

“Its fun to see my classmates acting because I see a different part of them than at school.”
-Student Cast Member

Contact Information

Notre Dame Academy
13505 Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

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

Lion's Lair Direct Line: 952-388-6777

Doors open at 8:40 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. Livestreamed via IHM.

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