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First Stage will perform "Five Little Monkeys" and "Mole Hill Stories."
First Stage will perform "Five Little Monkeys" and "Mole Hill Stories."

First Stage to present plays for autistic kids

First Stage Children's Theater continues to prove its commitment that theater is for everyone by announcing a new program designed for children with autism.

The organization began special programs a number of years ago for little kids. The professional plays are staged for very young children – shorter duration, sitting on parents' laps and in an informal setting.

Now First Stage is going to do First Step plays, "Five Little Monkeys" and "Mole Hill Stories," for children with autism. The performances will have a limited number of attendees, be quieter and offer a host of family resources to make the experience a fruitful and stress-free occasion.

"We're delighted that children with autism and their families can enjoy these interactive performances," said Jennifer Adams, program director for Next Steps.

Performance dates are Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. for "Five Little Monkeys" and Sunday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. for "Mole Hill Stories."

Performances take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St. For resource materials including a Performance Social Story and pre-performance visits to the space, contact Jennifer Adams at nextsteps@firststage.org or (414) 267-2975.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available exclusively through the First Stage box office at (414) 267-2961. 

In addition, First Stage announced that Next Steps classes, designed for students with autism, will resume for Spring Break Theater Academy, April 1-5, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St.

Classes are open to students in grades 6-12.

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