Image from First Stage's production of THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES by Ezra Jack Keats

Enrichment Guides

Our Theater in Education department offers a comprehensive Enrichment Guide for each play that suggests possible themes and curriculum connections through which teachers can create fully integrated units. Along with our other Theater in Education programs, our Enrichment Guides are designed to help teachers address the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Standards as well as the National Standards for Theatre Education.

Along with the specific themes and connections suggested for each play in this guide, our plays provide students and teachers with opportunities to explore and build key life skills, such as:

  • Problem solving
  • Informed decision-making
  • Critical, creative, and analytical thinking
  • Imagining places, times, and situations different than one's own
  • Communication skills
  • Working effectively in groups
  • Connections with community
  • Recognizing and acting on responsibilities as a citizen
  • Preparing for work and lifelong learning
  • Production of quality work

Each Enrichment Guide contains the following materials to help teachers and students prepare for and reflect upon their First Stage performance:

  • Play synopsis
  • Information on the playwright and author
  • Recommended reading
  • Pre-show and post-show questions
  • Suggested activities to connect to other curriculum areas
  • Theater activities
  • Student handouts

Enrichment guides are available one month prior to the opening of each specific production.

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