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Special First Stage Performance for Children with Autism This Weekend in Milwaukee

One of literature’s most enduring characters comes to life on stage in the world premiere musical "Just a Little Critter Musical"  by First Stage Associate Artistic Director John Maclay, with music by First Stage Theater Academy alumnus Brett Ryback.

The show runs February 13 – March 13, 2016 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, located at 325 W. Walnut Street, downtown Milwaukee.

Tickets can be purchased through the First Stage Box Office by phone at (414) 267-2961.

First Steps performances sell out quickly, so families are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.

Based on the beloved children’s books by Mercer Mayer, this fun, interactive performance is designed to introduce children ages 3 – 6 to live theater in an engaging and lively environment. “I loved reading these books to my son,” said Maclay. “I'm thrilled Mercer Mayer wanted us to create the first Little Critter musical, and Brett's music is some of the most fun stuff I've ever heard.”

Audiences will play, dance and sing along with Little Critter as he discovers how much fun having a little sister can be. Molly Rhode, First Stage Theater Academy alumna, returns to First Stage to direct and choreograph this energetic piece.

A special sensory-friendly performance, designed to serve families with children on the autism spectrum and other sensory, social and cognitive disabilities will take place on Saturday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Families can enjoy a welcoming, comfortable environment including lower sound, lights up, and available quiet areas staffed by experienced educators. First Stage’s production of JUST A LITTLE CRITTER is sponsored by PNC.

Metroparent Magazine is the media sponsor for this production.

CBS 58 News will feature Director Molly Rhode and lead Jack Burns Thursday on the CBS 58 News at 4.

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