Experience a fairytale like none other as First Stage hosts its 22nd Annual Make Believe Ball at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center on Saturday, March 12. Enjoy an Enchanted Evening with your family, filled with kids' activities, silent auction, live auction, dinner, dancing and more! 

This year's theme is based on our spring production of ELLA ENCHANTED.
At birth, Ella Frell was given the "gift" of obedience by a misguided fairy. She must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head! Unwilling to accept her fate, strong-willed Ella embarks on a quest to reverse the curse, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and a handsome prince along the way.  

Adults - Black Tie Optional
Children - Festive/Fairytale-inspired 

5:30 p.m.
Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
Silent Auction
Children's Entertainment 

7:30 p.m.
Voice Auction
Music and Dancing

Sponsorship opportunities are available now.
Learn about our Corporate Sponsorship and Family Sponsorship levels.
Contact Gena Fischer at or (414) 267-2935 with questions. 

Accomodations available at the Hilton Milwaukee
Guests of the Make Believe Ball receive a special room rate of $109.
Call (414) 271-7250 to make arrangements.

Make Believe Ball Co-chairs
Julia and Bladen Burns

Make Believe Ball Committee
Laura Emory, Terri Field, Amy Goldstein, Olga Mesenbourg, Verna Pazaras, Meredith Pence, Deadra Richelle-Purifoy, Sheryl Stawski, Kim Tomich, Stephanie Wright-Brown and Patricia Zdziarski

Take advantage of the Golden Ticket! Your chance to win any of the live auction items before going up for bid! $50 each, only 150 will be sold.

To view the Enchanted Evening MENU, click here.

All proceeds support First Stage's mission to
Transform Lives Through Theater 

Corporate Sponsors

  • Actuant,
  • Baird,
  • Berengaria Development,
  • Briggs & Stratton,
  • Foley & Lardner LLP,
  • Hupy & Abraham, S.C.,
  • Johnson Controls,
  • Marcus Hotels and Resorts,
  • Michael Best & Friedrich LLP,
  • Sargento Foods Inc.,
  • We Energies

Family Sponsors

  • The Bauer Family,
  • The Guy Family,
  • The Heiny Family,
  • The Jochmann Family,
  • The Pence Family