You're Never Too Old to Make Believe!
Help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary season by attending the Make Believe Ball! Families will enjoy an evening filled with kids' activities, a silent and live auction, dinner, dancing and more!

In planning our milestone year, patrons young and old shared stories illustrating why First Stage is special to them. Their words inspired us to build this year's Make Believe Ball on what makes First Stage the nation's best theater for family audiences - theater you never outgrow!

Adults - Black Tie Optional
Children - Festive/Make-believe inspired 

5:00 p.m.
Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
Silent Auction
Children's Entertainment 

7:00 p.m.
Dinner (MENU)
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. 

Hilton Milwaukee City Center Accommodations
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
Meredith and Tom Pence

Make Believe Ball Committee
Julia Burns, Caryn Esten, Terri Field, Mary Kramer, Tricia Landrum, Olga Mesenbourg, Verna Pazaras, Deadra Richelle-Purifoy, Tracy Schmidt, Nicole Vitrano, Richele Westlake, and Stephanie Wright-Brown

Take advantage of the Golden Ticket! Your chance to win any of the live auction items listed below, before going up for bid. $50 each, only 100 will be sold!
 2017 Golden Ticket Opportunities

Individual ticket prices will increase by $10 AFTER February 17, 2017

  • per order $2,000.00
  • per ticket $195.00
  • per ticket $95.00
  • per ticket $50.00
  • per ticket $50.00

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

Corporate Sponsors

  • Associated Bank,
  • Baird,
  • Briggs & Stratton,
  • Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.,
  • Hupy & Abraham, S.C.,
  • Johnson Controls,
  • Marcus Hotels and Resorts,
  • Sargento Foods Inc.,
  • U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve,
  • We Energies

Family Sponsors

  • The Guy Family,
  • The Pence Family