Performing and Visual Arts Leader

Pius XI Catholic High School is renowned for the extraordinary experience it is able to offer all students in the performing and visual arts concentrations.

Working alongside professional teaching artists, students are offered countless opportunities to explore, refine, and cultivate their creative voices.

Growing in Their Performance

The Performing Arts program at Pius XI Catholic High School focuses on the areas of Theater, Dance, Choral Music, and Instrumental Music.

Students work and perform in Pius XI’s Black Box Theatre and at The Father Robert V. Carney Performing Arts Center, a community arts facility that is part of the Pius XI campus and espouses a state-of-the-art theater and two gallery spaces.

At Pius XI, we’ve been blessed with generous benefactors that share our vision of providing extraordinary spaces for a students to work and perform.

Growing Through Their Work

The Visual Arts program allows students to explore various mediums – from print to digital – while developing a unique and individual voice as an artist.

Communicating the impact of art as a positive force for both expression and discussion is one of the program’s priorities.

Please join us on April 11th for our Annual Pius XI Fine Arts Night! Details can be found here.

Performing and Visual Arts Calendar

Apr
30
Sun
GREASE (SOLD OUT) @ Wendy Joy Lindsey Theater
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm
The Sunday, April 30 performance is SOLD OUT. A waiting list will begin at the ticket office one hour prior to the curtain time.
It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, chain-smoking “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers. The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be provocative and rebellious.

This performance features the BLUE Cast. This performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

May
11
Thu
Spring Band & Orchestra Concert featuring the Milwaukee Festival Brass @ Wendy Joy Lindsey Theater
May 11 @ 7:00 pm
Experience the soaring sounds of our instrumental music program! All ensembles will be featured in this showcase of their year-long work. Additionally, musicians from the Milwaukee Festival Brass, one of our resident artistic partners, will appear side-by-side with Pius XI students who learn from these professionals year-round.
May
12
Fri
Pius XI Film Festival @ Wendy Joy Lindsey Theater
May 12 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for our annual film festival, featuring numerous short films created by high school students at Pius XI and around the Milwaukee area! Meet the next generation of filmmakers right here in our Wendy Joy Lindsey Theater.

May
13
Sat
Spring Choral Concert: “The One Stop Opera Shop” @ Wendy Joy Lindsey Theater
May 13 @ 7:00 pm
Milwaukee Opera Theatre Artistic Director Jill Anna Ponasik and Pius XI alum Catie O’Donnell ’03 team up with guest artist Leslie Fitzwater and the choral and instrumental music programs join forces in this tour de force exploration of operatic “American Voices.”
May
16
Tue
Student Play Festival 2017 @ Black Box Theater
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
This is the 24th annual Pius XI Student Play Festival – a chance for students to write, produce, direct and act their own work! You will hear voices comic, serious, absurd and delightful as you enjoy the amazing plays of the students at Pius XI.

 

May
17
Wed
Student Play Festival 2017 @ Black Box Theater
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
This is the 24th annual Pius XI Student Play Festival – a chance for students to write, produce, direct and act their own work! You will hear voices comic, serious, absurd and delightful as you enjoy the amazing plays of the students at Pius XI.

 

May
19
Fri
Dance into Spring @ Wendy Joy Lindsey Theater
May 19 @ 7:00 pm
Witness the amazing talents of the Pius XI dance department! The spring show is always a sell-out so we’ve added a second performance, by popular demand. Seating is reserved and will sell quickly.

 

May
20
Sat
Dance into Spring @ Wendy Joy Lindsey Theater
May 20 @ 7:00 pm
Witness the amazing talents of the Pius XI dance department! The spring show is always a sell-out so we’ve added a second performance, by popular demand. Seating is reserved and will sell quickly.

 

May
22
Mon
Theater Class Projects @ Black Box Theater
May 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Check out the work of our theatre students as they perform their final projects of the semester! Only $2.00 at the door gets you an evening’s worth of entertainment.

Schedule for May 22:

  • Acting 1A @ 6:00pm: Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka
  • Basic Improvisation Comedy Battle @ 7:30pm
May
23
Tue
Theater Class Projects @ Black Box Theater
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Check out the work of our theatre students as they perform their final projects of the semester! Only $2.00 at the door gets you an evening’s worth of entertainment.

Schedule for May 23:

  • Acting 2 @ 6:00pm: Scenes from ALMOST, MAINE by John Cariani
  • Acting 4 @ 7:30pm: METAMORPHOSES by Mary Zimmerman