In true theater fashion, the show must go on! We invite you and your family to join us virtually at the 27th Annual Make Believe Ball on Saturday, March 6, 2021! Guests have the opportunity to curate their own evening of fun with various event offerings from the comfort and safety of their own homes. 

This year, we honor Artistic Director, Jeff Frank and his 25 years at First Stage. Families will tune into an entertaining virtual program where they will see some of their favorite First Stage actors and participate in a large online auction. They can also join the fun, pre-show activities and the post-event virtual dance party. Families will each receive a Make Believe Ball Party Pack filled with items to help transform your home into your very own Ball!

Event ScheduleAttireEvent PricingReservationsEvent Hosts & CommitteeSponsors 


Saturday, March 6, 2021
5 – 7:30PM
Virtual – in homes across Southeastern Wisconsin

5 – 5:45PM
Join our private Zoom Rooms for some pre-program fun!
Just because this year’s Ball is virtual, doesn’t mean we won’t have our pre-program fun! Pop into these rooms for Arts & Crafts, Interactive Theater Games, and a TikTok Dance Party!

6 – 7PM
Event Livestream Program
Join our hosts Kelly Doherty and Karen Estrada as they take you on an exciting virtual Make Believe Ball journey!

7 – 7:30PM
Dance Party
Guests will be given a link to the Zoom Room if they want to dance along with other families. Some will even have the ability to be featured in the livestream!


This year, show off your PaGLAMas and glam out your pajamas! Pair your comfy pajamas with your glamorous accessories or your party dress with your slippers – your creativity has no bounds!


Corporate and Family Sponsorships are available.

Family Party Pack Pricing
$250 per Family Party Pack
$400 per Premium Family Party Pack

Limited Availability on these Additional Items
$45 per Bottle of Red Wine / $35 per Bottle of White Wine
$25 per Mystery Box of Fun Surprises for our Young Guests

RSVP by February 22, 2021

For questions on reservations or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gena Fischer-Kilian at (414) 267-2935 or  

  • per ticket $2,000.00
  • per ticket $400.00
  • per ticket $250.00
  • per ticket $45.00
  • per ticket $35.00
  • per ticket $25.00

Jeff Frank & Sarah Hunt Frank

Kelly Doherty & Karen Estrada

Monica Arnstein, Lisa Boyce, Kelly Calvelli, Terri Field, Laura Hirano, Mary Kramer, Tonya Leuder, Melissa Marschka, Meredith Pence, Melissa Radtke, Kate Schroeder, Amanda Singh, Julia Westphal, Heather Whitmill


Presenting Sponsor

Northwestern Mutual

Corporate Support
A.O. Smith   Baird   KPMG 

Johnson Controls, PNCWe Energies Foundation

Family Sponsors
The Marschka Family

Donate to our Silent Auction