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Field Trips

Explore our upcoming season and field trip packages to add to your field trip experience, and contact us at (414) 267-2962 or fieldtrips@firststage.org.

Field Trip Pricing and Reservation

Performances for the 2022/23 Season are priced at $6.75/seat for all performances at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater, and $5.50/seat for all performances at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.

A minimum of 10 people is required for a school matinee reservation, with a non-refundable deposit of $50 per show.

School groups receive one complimentary ticket for every 20 tickets purchased. The cost of the complimentary tickets will be deducted from the total amount due.

Adults attending with students are limited to no more than one out of every ten students in attendance.

Group size will be adjusted as needed until one month prior to the performance date.

Full payment is due no later than 30 days prior to your performance. No refunds or exchanges are available later final payment is made, and refunds are not given to students that are absent. Payment must be remitted in one single check from the school.

To make your Field Trip reservation, contact fieldtrips@firststage.org or (414) 267-2962. 

Arthur & Friends Make a Musical!

October 6 - November 4, 2022 at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater

Book and Lyrics by John Maclay, Music and Lyrics by Brett Ryback
Adapted from the books and characters created by Marc Brown

Big things are happening at Lakewood Elementary School! Mr. Ratburn’s class is asked to write and perform a big show for all of Elwood City. Everyone is so excited! Everyone, except for Arthur. What should he do? Arthur feels more nervous as the big performance gets closer and closer. With the help of his family and friends Buster, Brain, Francine, Muffy – and even little sister D.W. – Arthur learns the importance of being his best, unique self. All aboard for an incredibly fun musical ride!

For elementary school students and teachers

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™: The Musical

November 23 - December 16, 2022 at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater

Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage.
Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated television special adapted from a story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks, music and lyrics by Johnny Marks. All elements © and ™ under license to Character Arts, LLC.

And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows! The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and returns to our stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster to saving Christmas, join Rudolph and his friends, Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius, as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us. 

For elementary students and teachers.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

December 9-16, 2022 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

By William Shakespeare

Follow the misadventures of fairies, nobles, and craftsmen through the forests of Athens over the course of one magical evening. Love triangles, mistaken identities, and alarming transformations are abound in Shakespeare’s most enchanting comedy.

For middle and high school students and teachers.

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Carmela Full of Wishes

January 19 - February 10, 2023 at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater

Adapted by Alvaro Saar Rios
From the book by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Reader

It’s Carmela’s birthday, and her wish has already come true – she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands! As they travel through the neighborhood, Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. Before she can blow its puffy white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make. Delight in this moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.

For pre-K and lower elementary school students and teachers.

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Little Women

March 24-31, 2023 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

By Kate Hamill
Adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Jo March isn’t your typical Victorian lady. She’s ruthless and headstrong, and destined to be a great American novelist. As Jo and her sisters grow up in the middle of the Civil War, they strive to be brave, intelligent, and imaginative young women, while reconciling their own ambitions with society’s expectations. Alcott’s celebrated coming-of-age novel comes to stage in this modern and relevant adaptation.

For middle and high school students and teachers.

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The Hobbit

February 3 - March 3, 2023 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

Based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Licensed by Middle-earth Enterprises
Adapted for the stage by Greg Banks
Produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences

Our unlikely hero, Bilbo Baggins, would much rather be sitting in their cozy Hobbit Hole with a cup of tea and a plate of bacon and eggs. However, they somehow find themselves on a magically mystical adventure. Staged with speed and surprises, you’ll be delighted as things change before your very eyes. Discover what happens as Bilbo travels on an epic journey over freezing mountains and a frightening forest, meeting all sorts of fierce creatures—some who want to eat them, others who turn into dear friends.

For upper elementary and middle school students and teachers.

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The SpongeBob Musical for Young Audiences

March 2-31, 2023 at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater

Based on the Series by Stephen Hillenberg
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Original songs by Yolanda AdamsSteven Tyler and Joe Perry of AerosmithSara BareillesJonathan CoultonAlexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosThe Flaming LipsLady ACyndi LauperJohn LegendPanic! At the DiscoPlain White T’sThey Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David BowieTom Kenny and Andy Paley
Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt
The musical production was conceived by Tina Landau

Are you ready, kids? Dive into the undersea town of Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob and his quirky circle of friends and neighbors – Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and even Plankton – in this dynamic stage musical with songs from music’s most legendary artists. Chaos erupts when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation at the threat of Mt. Humongous. Just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

For elementary school students and teachers.

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Bob Marley's Three Little Birds

April 20 - May 19, 2023 at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater

Based on a story by Cedella Marley
Music and Lyrics by Bob Marley
Adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt

Ziggy’s afraid to leave the house. He’s too busy worrying about tropical storms, evil spirits, and the sneaky, hair-grabbing trickster, Duppy. With the help of his feathered friends, Ziggy will learn that “every little thing is gonna be all right!” With music from the legendary reggae artist, get jammin’ with this timeless tale of peace and love.

For pre-K and lower elementary school students and teachers.

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The Gracious Sisters

May 5-19, 2023 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

By Alice Austen
A free adaptation of The Eumenides, by Aeschylus

When archaeological intern Alice falls down an ancient Greek rabbit hole, she discovers the aftermath of a violent murder, with the goddesses of vengeance, or “Furies,” chasing down the accused to exact bloody retribution. Athena, the goddess of wisdom (and war), persuades the Furies that the accused should have a fair trial before a jury. When the jury is divided in a split decision, all must come to terms with the balance of a desire for vengeance, and the need for grace.

For middle and high school students and teachers.

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