First Stage kicks off its exciting 2016-2017 season with GOOSEBUMPS the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, beginning Friday, October 14th. Based on a book from the bestselling Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, this world premiere is the first in a season of both family favorites and new premieres commemorating First Stage’s 30th anniversary season of Theater You Never Outgrow.
“R.L. Stine grabs readers and takes them on a roller coaster ride that is equal parts scary and funny,” commented First Stage Artistic Director Jeff Frank. “You don't sell 400 million books by accident. He knows what he is doing, and we are thrilled to bring one of his adventures to our stage -- and thankful to once again be working with our friends at Oregon Children's Theatre, with whom we are collaborating on this world premiere play.”
With book and lyrics by First Stage Associate Artistic Director John Maclay, along with music and lyrics by Danny Abosch, this production promises a silly, spooky adventure that will keep the whole family at the edge of their seats.
GOOSEBUMPS the Musical runs from October 14th through November 13th at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater, located at 929 N. Water Street in Milwaukee. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Marcus Center box office, by phone at (414) 273-7206, or online at www.firststage.org.
About First Stage
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in the 2016-2017 season, First Stage is one of the nation’s leading theaters for young audiences and families. 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. Its Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people, fosters life skills through stage skills and serves over 2,100 students each year. As Wisconsin’s leader in arts-integrated education in schools, First Stage’s dynamic Theater in Education programs use theater to promote active learning throughout the curriculum, serving over 20,000 students throughout southeastern Wisconsin each year. 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 the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Eureka Award in 2013 and 2015, recognizing creativity and innovation in business, education, and the 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).