First Stage
Press Release

An urgent message regarding First Stage performance schedule due to COVID-19


By - Mar 12th, 2020 05:36 pm

Dear First Stage Family,

The safety of our patrons, students, families, artists, volunteers and staff is of the highest priority. With the public health emergency declared by Wisconsin Gov. Evers due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our facilities continue to be in close contact with local, state and federal agencies and are observing their recommendations.

In accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) guidelines of the cancellation of all public gatherings of 250 or more people, First Stage is instituting the following changes to our regularly scheduled performances:

Performances of GRETEL! at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center:

All remaining evening and weekend performances of GRETEL! will continue as scheduled. This performance venue has a capacity limited to 125 audience members, and no additional tickets to remaining performances will be issued. If a ticket holder is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or if a ticket holder feels uncomfortable attending in light of the public event restrictions, please notify the First Stage box office at (414) 267-2961 or Opportunities to exchange tickets to a different First Stage production will be announced as soon we know precisely when other performances will resume.

All remaining school matinees of GRETEL! are cancelled. It has not been recommended by the DHS to cancel K-12 schools at this time. However, First Stage is proceeding with caution for the safety of our school groups, cast, and crew.

Performances of THE LEGEND OF ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater:

At this time, all remaining evening, weekend, and school group matinee performances are suspended through March 29, 2020. Opportunities to exchange tickets to a different performance will be announced as soon as we know precisely when performances may safely resume.

First Stage Theater Academy’s school year intensive and spring performance classes will continue as scheduled. Families with students enrolled in those classes will also be contacted directly with further details.

This is a fast-moving situation that poses more questions than answers. We greatly appreciate your patience as we work diligently to implement adjustments to our production schedules and offer additional performance viewing opportunities.

Please stay tuned to and First Stage’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for further updates, or contact us at (414) 267-2929.



Betsy Corry
Managing Director

Jeff Frank
Artistic Director

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