Summer 2020 Company Classes

Company Class

Serving returning students entering grades 6-12 in the fall, Company Class students will work with a theater professional for three or four weeks to broaden performance skills, deepen knowledge of theater, and produce a show.

Important Update to Summer 2020: To ensure the health and wellbeing of our students, families, and staff, First Stage is committed to implementing procedures to create a safe environment for all of our Summer Theater Academy classes this year. Our Summer Academy programming has changed in order to provide the same high-impact theater arts training for young people as always, yet taking new measures to ensure the health and safety of our students, families, staff, and teaching artists. 

In lieu of Company Classes, we will be offering a limited number of in-person Performance Experiences.  Performance Experience students will work with theater professionals for two weeks to broaden their performance skills, deepen their knowledge of theater, and perform a show as their final presentation. Final Presentations will be shared on a virtual platform for family and friends to view.

Explore our Performance Experiences plays:

ALMOST, MAINE One of the most acclaimed and widely produced plays in America explores the colorful citizens of the fictional town of Almost. Love, laughs, heartbreak, and the unexpected all occur in a single mysterious night under the Northern Lights. 

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST A young girl is taken prisoner in a cursed castle filled with enchanted objects and a Prince who has been turned into a Beast. Based on the Disney film and with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST teaches us to not be fooled by appearances because what is on the inside is what truly matters.  

CINDERELLA WORE COMBAT BOOTS The familiar tale of Cinderella, with all the basic elements in place—but told here with a considerable and highly imaginative difference. Cinderella, and the other characters, think and speak in modern terms, replacing the innocent mood of the original with the very hip and knowing attitudes of today’s young people. The stepsisters are more boy crazy than ugly; their mother more silly than cruel; and the prince is so bashful and tongue-tied that he hides whenever a girl comes into view. And Cinderella does wear combat boots to the ball—which is delightfully consistent with the wacky, tongue-in-cheek, and continually diverting style of this thoroughly charming short play.

DESCENDANTS THE MUSICAL The children of the most famous Disney heroes begin attending school at Auradon Prep with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies, the Disney villains. In this musical with a book by Nick Blaemire and music by Madeline Smith and Matthew Tishler, the son and daughters of villains must choose to either follow in their parents’ evil footsteps or choose their own path of goodness. 

INTO THE WOODS The most beloved fairytale characters’ stories intertwine in this musical as they cross paths, as they set up to break a witch’s spell and defeat some giants. Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s musical, INTO THE WOODS, is filled with magic and some unexpected twists on your favorite classic stories.

JULIUS CAESAR Set in Rome in 44 BC, the play depicts the moral dilemma of Brutus as he joins a conspiracy led by Cassius to murder Julius Caesar to prevent him from becoming dictator of Rome. Following Caesar's death, Rome is thrust into a period of civil war, and the republic the conspirators sought to preserve is lost forever.

Disney's THE LION KING: Disney’s THE LION KING follows Simba on his journey from a young cub unwilling accept his responsibilities as king to an adult lion who returns to save his pride from his evil uncle, Scar. With music by Elton John and Tim Rice, and a book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, this musical teaches us that even when things are tough, good will triumph over evil is we stick together.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL Unloved by her parents and belittled by her child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda boldly steps up to set things right with her cleverness, the help of her friends, and the support of her kind-hearted teacher. From the amazing mind of Roald Dahl, this Tony Award-winning musical with book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin proves that everyone has the power to change their story.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM First performed around 1596, Shakespeare’s comic fantasy of four lovers who find themselves bewitched by fairies is a sly reckoning with love, jealousy and marriage.

RENT The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Jonathan Larson follows a group of several struggling artists and musicians as they strive to survive in New York City. These young aspiring artists try to navigate the challenging pursuit of their dreams and ultimately learn to “measure your life in love”.

SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, throws us into a world based on the beloved stories, characters, artwork, and rhymes of Dr. Seuss. SEUSSICAL is filled with adventure and excitement as we join Horton the Elephant on his journey to save the Whos and an unborn baby egg—because a person’s a person no matter how small.

TARTUFFE Tartuffe is a sanctimonious scoundrel who, professing extreme piety, is taken into the household of Orgon, a wealthy man. Under the guise of ministering to the family’s spiritual and moral needs, he almost destroys Orgon’s family. Elmire, Orgon’s wife, sees through Tartuffe’s wicked hypocrisy and exposes him.

THE 39 STEPS Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

WILLY WONKA Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka follows the candy man; himself, and a group of competition winners as they journey through his peculiar candy factory. In Willy Wonka, with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, the children must follow Mr. Wonka’s rules or suffer the unusual consequences and lose their chance at becoming the heir to his candy empire. 

Please note: This class will be held in-person at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. First Stage and MYAC staff will be following and exceeding CDC guidelines without exception as we hold modified classes in the building. More information regarding health and safety procedures will be sent to all registered families. 

Please contact to register!



As a member of Company Class, you will be expected to:

  • Serve as a role model of teamwork and positive energy for all other students.
  • Support and encourage each other to do  your best.
  • Take on the additional challenge of both class work and rehearsal.
  • Carry the Company Class legacy of leadership, energy, discipline, focus, and joy.