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Metro Milwaukee parents know the treasure they have in First Stage.

The children's theater company puts on great family-friendly productions that really get kids involved in the action.

But if you have a kid who likes to be a part of the production rather than an audience member, you're in luck because First Stage also teaches classes for kids!

The First Stage Theater Academy is a national leader in teaching kids how to act, sing, dance and more. Their goal is to impart "life skills through stage skills."

Now is the time to sign up for the First Stage Summer Academy, which offers one, two, three or four-week sessions for students entering grades K5-12 in fall.

There's even a specialty program, Next Steps, which is a theater training program for students on the autism spectrum, held August 7-18.

In addition to the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center on Walnut St. in Milwaukee, classes are also held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield and the Academy of Performing Arts in Franklin. Check out the First Stage website for more information.

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