Milwaukee’s first leg announces sensory performance schedule for 2022/23 season


First Stage, one of the nation’s leading theaters for youth and families, is committed to expanding its reach and deepening its impact in the community. Families can enjoy a friendly sensory performance with children who need sensory accommodations, and they can share the experience of seeing a family theater. First Stage’s Sensory Friendly Performances are sponsored in part by the UPAF Kasey Fund.

These performances feature a welcoming environment including modified lighting and sound, modified house rules to allow for additional movement or conversation during the performance, and available quiet zones staffed by educators experienced in caring for young people with autism or with other developmental differences. A social story describing the experience of the show is also provided. To learn more about Sensory Friendly Performance accommodations, please visit: firststage.org/plan-your-visit/sensory-friendly-performances/.

Tickets for the 2022/23 Sensory Performances are $10 and on sale now. Order by phone at (414) 267-2961, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online at firststage.org. (Please note that tickets for sensory performances held at the Marcus Performing Arts Center will have a $3.50 facility fee added per ticket.)

2022/23 FIRST STAGE SENSORY PERFORMANCE CALENDAR:

ARTHUR AND HIS FRIENDS MAKE MUSIC!

Saturday October 22, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSIC

Saturday December 10, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center

CARMELA FULL OF WISHES

Saturday February 4, 2023 at 3:30 p.m.

Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center

THE HOBBIT

Saturday February 18, 2023 at 4 p.m.

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

THE MUSIC OF SPONGEBOB FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Saturday March 18, 2023 at 3:30 p.m.

Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center

Bob MarleyTHE THREE LITTLE BIRDS

Saturday May 6, 2023 at 3:30 p.m.

Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center

Please contact the First Stage Box Office at (414) 267-2961 with any questions or visit firststage.org/plan-your-visit/sensory-friendly-performances/ for information.

For more on one of First Stage’s upcoming 2022/23 productions, read the full press release here: firststage.org/media/gk1f1wjl/first-stage-2022-23-season-announcement-final-5-17-22.pdf or visit:firststage.org

COVID Protocols: Stage One no longer requires proof of vaccination upon arrival, and masks will be optional in theater unless Milwaukee County’s community level is categorized as high, as determined by the CDC. First stage COVID safety protocols and updates can be viewed here:firststage.org/covid-19-safety-protocols/ – performance

For productions held at the Marcus Performing Arts Center, security protocols are as follows: Upon entering the Todd Wehr Theater, attendees will pass through a security scanner to check for unauthorized items in the building. Although purses and small bags are permitted, please leave large bags, backpacks or other items at home. Review security procedures at the Marcus Performing Arts Center. Please allow plenty of time for parking and security checks before the show.

About the first step

First Stage is one of the nation’s leading youth and family theaters. First Stage touches hearts, engages minds and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theatrical experiences through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten and entertain. Its Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people, fosters life skills through performing skills and enrolls nearly 2,000 students each year. As Wisconsin’s leader in integrated arts education in schools, First Stage’s dynamic theater in education programs promote literacy, character building, and experiential learning throughout the program, serving more than 20,000 students each year. First Stage has been selected to participate in the Partners in Education program of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2012), and received the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Eureka Award, recognizing creativity and innovation in business, education, and the arts for its Next Steps program for students with autism (2013, 2015). First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theater and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Milwaukee Arts Partners and is a core member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF ). firststage.org.

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