First Stage Children's Theater

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The First Stage Children's Theater is a professional American children's theater based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin founded in 1987. Its season (September–June) consists of six mainstage plays and a touring production.[1]

One of the five largest children's theaters in the nation[citation needed], First Stage has annual audiences of more than 135,000.[citation needed] The 2007-2008 season of plays consisted of Hana's Suitcase, The Quiltmaker's Gift, 12 days- A Milwaukee Christmas, Sleeping Beauty, The Watsons go to Birmingham, and A Year with Frog and Toad.[2] The theater's performance venue is the Todd Wehr Theater, with its headquarters in the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.


The First Stage Children's Theater, founded in 1987, was originally named First Stage Milwaukee.[3] The young theater's first season (1987–1988) showed only 3 plays, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,Macbeth and The Sleeping Beauty.[4]

First Stage Theater Academy[edit]

The First Stage Theater Academy was founded in 1992 to teach life skills through stage skills. It is the teaching arm of the theater, and serves more than 2000 students annually.[5]


  1. ^ First Stage-About us
  2. ^ First Stage-Next Season
  3. ^ Milwaukee Theater-First Stage Children's Theater
  4. ^ First Stage-Past Productions
  5. ^ First Stage Children's Theater- Theater Academy

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