Theater & Shows in Wauwatosa


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  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio Wisconsin
    In 1947, on New York City's Park Avenue, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio?cofounded by the eponymous toe tapper himself?opened its doors to the public. More than six decades later, now boasting schools across North America, the dancing institution still adheres to the legendary Mr. Astaire's curriculum and instruction techniques. Specializing in social ballroom and competitive dances, the schools' current consortium of professional instructors shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance lessons that span from classic ballroom and foxtrot romps to the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. In addition to classes, the studio hosts social practice parties where up to 40 students hone newly acquired rug-cutting capabilities. As foot-charming music blares from the speakers, instructors work to cultivate a lively social setting where each guest can dance, mingle, and surgically correct their second left foot without fear of embarrassment.
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    323 North Milwaukee Street
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • First Stage Children's Theater
    First Stage recently celebrated its 26th anniversary as a children's theater, producing professional productions and developing new plays. It has hosted 40 world premieres and worked with renowned artists and authors including Stephen Schwartz and Cornelia Funke. Through its theater academy and education program, First Stage aims to inspire a love of learning amongst young people with active teaching tools and a curriculum that emphasizes imagination. The theater-in-education programs reach roughly 20,000 students every year through theater residencies and in-classroom workshops such as the Bully Ban workshop, which teaches students how to respect one another and prevent harassment through improvisational exercises. Schools can also partner with First Stage to bring the arts into their facilities with field trips, workshops, and arts-integrated teaching.
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    325 West Walnut Street
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
    Until science allows customized breezes to play concertos through trees and tuned blades of grass, people must fetch their concertos from live musicians. Today's Groupon sings to the ears with premium orchestra-seat tickets to Ohlsson Plays Chopin by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for $20, a $57 value. In two performance dates at the stunning Uihlein Hall on Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m., pianist Garrick Ohlsson will capture and tame Frédéric Chopin's famous Piano Concerto No. 2 and two other solo piano pieces in celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday.
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    700 N Water St
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • Turner Ballroom Preservation Trust
    The Turner Hall Ballroom is an expansive performance hall complete with a stage and sweeping balcony that played host to social, cultural and political exhibitions throughout the early 1900’s. Due to multiple fires, the ballroom operators were forced to close its doors years ago. Now, however, this preservation trust is working to restore the historic structure to its former glory. As a potentially great venue for showcasing the arts, as well as a historic treasure, the restoration project is underway with great support from local residents and community businesses. The trust needs your help to restore this gem and reinstate a major portion of the city’s history.
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    1034 North 4th Street
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater
    The Milwaukee Repertory Theater has been playing a vital role in enriching the culture of local community since 1954. Now on its 61st season, this theater produces an impressive 600 performances a year, including such favorites as “The Color Purple,” “Harvey,” and of course, “A Christmas Carol,” without which no holiday season would be complete. Frequent collaborations with the adjacent Pabst Theater work to further enrich the theatrical selection at the Repertory. The theater has an interesting volunteer program called “Friends of the Rep,” which grants discounts, access to the Rep Annual Meeting, and a discount card for local Milwaukee establishments.
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    108 E Wells St.
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • Florentine Opera Company
    A thrust stage augments Todd Wehr Theatre’s already-intimate ambiance, allowing theatergoers perched on three sides of the stage to feel like a part of the action unfolding in front of them. Even in the balcony, onlookers are close enough to the performance to see the most nuanced facial expressions or hear the dialogue running through an actor’s head before she says it. The theater itself is part of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, a 40-year-old Milwaukee institution lauded for its Broadway shows and stream of offerings to the city’s lively arts community.
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    929 N Water St.
    Milwaukee, WI US