Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Box Office 414.273.7206

First Stage at the Marcus Center

First Stage

Since 1987, First Stage has grown to become one of the nation’s most acclaimed children’s theaters and the second largest theater company in Milwaukee.

First Stage touches hearts and transforms lives through professional theater productions that engage, enlighten and entertain. Committed to new play development, First Stage has presented nearly 50 world premieres in its history and has collaborated with renowned artists including Harry Connick Jr. and Stephen Schwartz, and award-winning authors Lois Lowry and Cornelia Funke. Its Theater Academy, teaching life skills through stage skills, is the largest theater training program of its kind in the nation. As Wisconsin’s leader in arts-in-education programming, First Stage’s dynamic Theater in Education programs promote active learning in our schools and our community, serving over 20,000 children each year.

Please Note: First Stage does not cancel or reschedule performances, or offer refunds, due to inclement weather, nor do we make adjustments for missed performances. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. While we welcome children ages three and older and their families into our theater, we recommend that children under age three do not attend our performances. Please keep this in mind when making your ticket purchase.

Please contact First Stage directly with 2015-16 Season package questions.

Administrative & Ticket Office
325 W. Walnut St
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Ticket Office: 414-267-2961
Administration: 414-267-2929

2016 – 17 Season

Goosebumps The Musical

October 14-November 13, 2016

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

November 25-December 31, 2016

Welcome to Bronzeville

January 13-February 5, 2017

Robin Hood

February 17-March 12, 2017


March 24-April 9, 2017

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook

April 28-June 4, 2017


2015 – 16 Season

James and the Giant Peach

October 16-November 15, 2015

A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 27-January 3, 2016


January 15-February 14, 2016

The Snow

February 26-March 20, 2016

Ella Enchanted

April 1-May 1, 2016

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

May 13-June 12, 2016

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