Sanford Musical

Project Success works hand-in-hand with Sanford Middle School students to produce and perform their annual school musical. The 2023-2024 annual production is Frozen Jr.

Each year, up to 90 students work in front of and behind the scenes. For nine weeks, students act, dance, and sing in rehearsal with professional artists and work with high quality sound, sets, lighting, and costumes. Students perform at the end of process for their peers, family, friends, and community. The musical experience helps students build confidence, gain new skills, and learn more about themselves and each other through the power of theater.

Any questions regarding the Sanford Musical can be directed to Katie Langemo, Program Manager – Musicals

Performance Dates: Friday December 1st & Saturday December 2nd
6:30pm – Auditorium opens for seating
7:00pm – Performance

Sanford Middle School Auditorium, 3524 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55406

Tickets: General admission tickets for all shows will be available at the school the night of each performance. There are no advance ticket sales or reservations. Tickets are pay what you can with a suggested donation of $5.00 (cash or check). Come watch Project Success middle school students shine on stage!

Participation Information

All Sanford students are eligible to audition for the cast or apply for the tech crew. We encourage students of all abilities and experiences with musicals to apply! We work to include as many students as possible in the cast and tech crew, but are not able to guarantee a space for every student who auditions or applies. See below for details on these opportunities.

Cast Information

The cast is onstage singing, acting, and dancing in a variety of roles during the show. Parts available include lead roles who have many lines and often musical solos, supporting roles who have some line and generally shorter solos, and ensemble roles who usually sing and dance as a part of a group . All roles are critical to the success of the performance!

Audition Information
Dates: Tuesday September 26th and Wednesday September 27th
Time: After school, 3:10PM start
Location: Sanford Auditorium

No need to prepare anything for auditions! We will teach you a short song and dance and give you part of a script to read. Looking for auditioning tips? Click here. More information about auditions will be available on the Project Success bulletin board at Sanford as well as in announcements during advisory.

Rehearsal Information
Dates: Monday October 2nd – Thursday December 1st*
Time: 3:10-5:40pm
Location: Sanford Auditorium
*Depending on your role, you will be asked to be at rehearsal 2-5 days a week.

Transportation: Transportation options include family pickup and carpools.  An afterschool activity bus will not be available until Sanford’s Afterschool Program starts classes. Project Success can provide a limited number of rides as needed using volunteer drivers.

Performance Dates
Friday, December 1st – Two school matinees + 7:00pm public performance
Saturday, December 2nd – 7:00pm public performance

Tech Crew Information

The tech crew helps with the backstage elements of the musical, such as changing scenery on stage, managing props, and running spotlights.


Tech Crew applications will be available in the Sanford Main Office in early November.

Tech Rehearsal Dates: Tuesday November 21st – Thursday November 30th

Tech Rehearsal Times: 3:10pm-6:40pm

Performances: Friday December 1st – Two school matinees + 7:00pm performance & Saturday December 2nd – 7:00pm performance

History of the Sanford Musical

Since 2009, Project Success has produced yearly school musicals in partnership with Sanford Middle School. Past productions include:

2009-2010       Joseph
2010-2011       Just So
2011-2012       Annie
2012-2013       The Wiz
2013-2014       Frog & Toad
2014-2015       Charlie Brown
2015-2016       The Lion King

2016-2017       High School Musical
2017-2018       Into The Woods
2018-2019       Newsies
2019-2020       Shrek
2021-2022       Beauty & The Beast
2022-2023      Descendants

the 2022-2023 annual production, was presented by Project Success and Sanford Middle School. The musical debuted in December with a cast and crew of 88 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Learn more about the production: