Ease on Down the Road!

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, First Stage will host its 24th Annual Make Believe Ball at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. “Ease on down the road” with your family and enjoy an evening filled with kids’ activities, silent auction, live auction, dinner, dancing and more.

Based on the timeless classic you know and love with a modern, soulful twist, this year's theme is – THE WIZ! When an epic tornado lands Dorothy in a faraway place, she is sent on an unforgettable adventure to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and find the great and powerful Wiz to help her return home. Come along on a spectacular journey as Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion ease on down the yellow brick road to the magical Land of Oz!

Adults - Black Tie Optional
Children - Festive

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

7:00 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. 

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
Mary and Alex Kramer

Make Believe Ball Committee
Caryn Esten, Terri Field, Laura Hirano, Katie Keen, Tricia Landrum, Melissa Marschka, Verna Pazaras, Meredith Pence, Deadra Richelle-Purifoy, and Nicole Vitrano.

Take advantage of the Golden Ticket! Your chance to win any of our live auction items to be announced, before going up for bid. $50 each, only 100 will be sold! LEARN MORE 

  • per order $2,000.00
  • per ticket $205.00
  • per ticket $105.00
  • per ticket $60.00
  • per ticket $50.00
  • per order $35.00
  • per order $35.00

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

Silent Auction Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Family Sponsors

  • The Dean Family
  • The Esten Family
  • The Guy Family
  • The Kramer Family
  • The Pence Family