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First Stage expands summer programming to West Bend

Week-long theater class offered at West Bend High School July 14-18, 2014.

By - May 20th, 2014 11:58 am

First Stage Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high impact theater training program for young people, is coming to West Bend for the first time this summer.  A one-week theater class serving new and returning students entering grades 8-12 in the fall will be offered at West Bend High School located at 1305 E. Decorah Road, July 14-18, 2014.

Students will spend each day with professional theater artists rotating through a core curriculum, exploring the fundamentals of actor training including:  Acting Theory, Voice and Movement, Improvisation, and Musical Theater.  First Stage’s interactive classes ultimate teach “life skills through stage skills,” by fostering self-confidence, creative thinking and problem solving skills.

This is the first time First Stage Theater Academy classes will be available in West Bend.  Additional locations include the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, the Oconomowoc Arts Center, and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

Enrollment for First Stage Summer Academy is now open.  Registration and more information is available at or by contacting the Theater Academy office at (414) 267-2970 or at

About First Stage
Since 1987, First Stage touches hearts, engages minds, and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for young people and families through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten, and entertain; unparalleled Theater Academy training that fosters life skills through stage skills; and dynamic Theater in Education programs that promote active learning in our schools and community.  In 2012, First Stage was selected to participate in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Theatre Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Arts Partners, and is a cornerstone member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).

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