Youth Theater & Performing Arts

In Milwaukee, being a kid is no reason to not get involved in the arts. The city is home to some of the nation’s best programs and companies for young performers. Take the family to productions from these companies - you’ll be wowed by what Milwaukee kids can do!

  1. First Stage

    Performing Arts

    First Stage

    One of the nation’s most acclaimed children’s theaters and the largest theater training program of its kind in the nation, First Stage inspires both children and adults to explore the wonder of the performing arts together. Featuring local professional actors and talented children from the company, productions have ranged from shows like Shrek, the Musical to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case. First Stage performs its main stage plays at the Todd Wehr Theater in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and tours locally and statewide.

    929 N Water St
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 267-2929
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  2. The academy is one of the three largest dance schools in the nation and the only school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Offering children’s, pre-professional, and recreational classes, the school brings classical ballet training to nearly 600 students. Students perform in annual and bi-annual showcases and audition for coveted ensemble roles in the Milwaukee Ballet’s yearly production of The Nutcracker, a Milwaukee holiday tradition.

    128 N. Jackson Street
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 902-2103
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  3. MYSO is one of the largest and most respected youth orchestra programs in the country, teaching nearly 1,000 young musicians. Founded in 1956, MYSO offers more than 25 ensemble options, from symphony and string orchestras, to jazz and steel pan bands, for students at all skill levels.

    325 W Walnut St
    Milwaukee, WI • 53212
    (414) 267-2950
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  4. Wisconsin's largest non-profit music school offers musical education for all levels and all ages. Take in a performance from professional musicians or some of the conservatory's students.

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