Online registration for the 26th Annual Make Believe Ball is currently closed. Please Contact Gena Fischer-Kilian at or (414) 267-2935 for registration information. Golden Ticket and wine for your table is still available for online purchase.

  Get ready to “rock” at the 26th Annual Make Believe Ball on Saturday, March 7, 2020!

Guests will experience a GLAM ROCK evening, while exploring THE LEGEND OF ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, a new musical premiering at First Stage. Families will enjoy a special night filled with kids’ activities, a large silent auction, a live auction, dinner, and of course, dancing!


This year, show off your personal rock ’n roll style by pairing your cocktail dress with “kicks", matching your sequins to your sneakers or lacing up your ‘tennies' with your tux.  We can’t wait to see your unique and inspired glam rock style!

Adults - Black Tie Optional / Glam Rock Inspired

Children – Festive / Glam Rock Inspired

Schedule of Events

Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
Silent Auction
Children's Entertainment

Dinner View menu
Voice Auction
Music and Dancing

Sponsorship opportunities

Learn about our Corporate Sponsorship and Family Sponsorship levels.

Contribute to our Silent Auction with your donation.

Contact Gena Fischer-Kilian 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) 935-5940 or visit First Stage Reservations to make arrangements.

Make Believe Ball Co-chairs
Melissa & Chris Marschka

 Make Believe Ball Committee
Monica Arnstein, Lisa Boyce, Kelly Calvelli, Caryn Esten, Terri Field, Amy Goldstein, Adrienne Grunau, Laura Hirano, Katie Keen, Mary Kramer, Tricia Landrum, Tonya Lueder, Meredith Pence, Melissa Radtke, Andrea Schmid, Kate Schroeder, Julia Westphal

  • per ticket $50.00
  • per ticket $45.00
  • per ticket $35.00




A.O. Smith Foundation


Fiduciary Management, Inc.
Northwestern Mutual

Associated BankBMO Wealth ManagementFoley & Lardner LLCGodfrey & Kahn, S.C.Hupy and Abraham, Johnson ControlsMarcus Hotels & ResortsWe Energies

The Esten Family, The Field Family, The Guy Family, The Hirano Family, The Kramer Family, The Lantz Family, The Marschka Family, The Orr Family

Adrienne & John Grunau, Beechwood Sales & Service, Cargill, Chelsea Ann Bell Photography, Creative EnterprisesEssam Elsafy - Shorewest Realtors, Gramoll & Associates, Inc. an American Family Insurance Agency, Kapco, Inc.Moles & Ferri Orthodontic Specialists, Ogletree Deakins, Paul Ruffolo PhotographySargento Foods

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