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First Stage Young Company to Present 12th Annual Bard-O-Thon

To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, the First Stage Theater Academy will present its 12th Annual Bard-O-Thon Showcase, challenging Young Company members to stretch their artistic stamina by performing as many memorized Shakespearean monologues in a row as possible. All day long. The Bard-O-Thon will conclude with a showcase at 5:00 p.m. at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, which will feature a selection of monologues that were performed throughout the day.

In 2021, 55 students performed more than 500 monologues, raising more than $17,000 to further First Stage’s mission to transform lives through theater and help support Shakespeare programming at First Stage. This year, they hope to raise a record $17,250. Donations can be made to individual Young Company members or to the Young Company as a whole at

Cost: Attendance is free


Phone: (414) 267-2935

Event details:

Event Name: First Stage Young Company’s 12th Annual Bard-O-Thon

When: Saturday, April 23, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212

About the first step

First Stage is one of the nation’s leading youth and family theaters. First Stage touches hearts, engages minds and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theatrical experiences through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten and entertain. Its Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people, fosters life skills through performing skills and enrolls nearly 2,000 students each year. As Wisconsin’s leader in integrated arts education in schools, First Stage’s dynamic theater-in-education programs promote literacy, character building, and experiential learning throughout the program, serving more than 20,000 students each year. First Stage was selected to participate in the Partners in Education program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2012) and received the Eureka Award from the Milwaukee Business Journal, recognizing creativity and innovation in business, education and the arts for its Next Steps program for students with autism (2013, 2015). First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theater and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Milwaukee Arts Partners and is a proud founding member of the United Performing Arts Fund ( UPAF).