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 current season of plays (2017-18) consists of "Spookley the Square Pumpkin", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "Edward Tulane", "A Cat in the Hat", "The Wiz", "Antarctica, WI", and "Judy Moody and Stink".[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]

The First Stage Theater Academy is also home to the Young Company. The Young Company is an advanced acting troupe composed of high school actors, who perform two to three shows per year. They have an intensive focus on classical acting techniques and Shakespeare. The Young Company season for 2017-2018 consists of Thornton Wilder's Skin of Our Teeth and Shakespeare's Henry V. They hold their classes and shows in the Milwaukee Youth Art Center.


  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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