First Stage presents Lois Ehlert’s MOLE HILL STORIES

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First Stage presents Lois Ehlert’s MOLE HILL STORIES
Join us for a colorful, bilingual journey of music, theater and dance.
Opens Saturday, November 5!


  Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee

WHEN:  November 5 – 20, 2016                                                                         

ABOUT:  Written by Alvaro Saar Rios
Adapted from the book by Lois Ehlert
Directed by Michelle Lopez-Rios

Inspired by the work of Milwaukee author/illustrator Lois Ehlert, this collaboration with Danceworks returns to First Stage, bringing three of Ehlert’s most famous stories to life – Mole’s Hill, Cucu, and Moon Rope. Journey with Mole as she discovers, with the help of her friends, that there is more to life than one can see at first glance and that our dreams are within reach if we believe. Actors, dancers and live music spin a magical world, and true to Ehlert’s original text – the play makes use of English and Spanish language. Suggested for families with young people ages 3–7 and up.

Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 6 at 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m. – Sensory friendly performance
Sunday, November 13 at 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Tickets and information:
  Tickets are $14. Call (414) 267-2961 or online at

Sensory friendly performance:
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Developed for families with children who need sensory accommodations, this performance includes a smaller audience size, reduction of intense lighting and sound, available quiet areas, social stories and other resources.

ASL Interpreted performance:
Sunday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m. This performance will be sign language interpreted

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 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).

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