Enrichment Guides

Our Theater in Education department offers a comprehensive Enrichment Guide for each play that suggest possible themes and curriculum connections through which teachers can create fully integrated units. Along with our other Theater in Education programs, our Enrichment Guides are designed to help teachers address the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Standards as well as the National Standards for Theatre Education.

Along with the specific themes and connections suggested for each play in this guide, our plays provide students and teachers with opportunities to explore and build key life skills, such as:

  • Problem solving
  • Informed decision-making
  • Critical, creative, and analytical thinking
  • Imagining places, times, and situations different than one's own
  • Communication skills
  • Working effectively in groups
  • Connections with community
  • Recognizing and acting on responsibilities as a citizen
  • Preparing for work and lifelong learning
  • Production of quality work

Each Enrichment Guide contains the following materials to help teachers and students prepare for and reflect upon their First Stage performance:

  • Play synopsis
  • Information on the playwright and author
  • Recommended reading
  • Pre-show and post-show questions
  • Suggested activities to connect to other curriculum areas
  • Theater activities
  • Student handouts

Enrichment guides are available one month prior to the opening of each specific production.

ENRICHMENT GUIDES:

2017-2018 season

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN (First Steps)

2016-2017 season

ANIMAL FARM (Young Company)
JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK
MOCKINGBIRD
TXT U L8R (Young Company)
ROBIN HOOD
LOVABYE DRAGON (First Steps)
WELCOME TO BRONZEVILLE
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
(Young Company)
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL
GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM 
Lois Ehlert's MOLE HILL STORIES (First Steps)

2015-16 season

LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE
ANTIGONE
(Young Company)
ELLA ENCHANTED

THE SNOW
 
JUST A LITTLE CRITTER MUSICAL (First Steps)
HOLES

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (Young Company)
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
 
Roald Dahl's JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH 
SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN (First Steps) 

2014-15 season
HAMLET (Young Company) 
BIG FISH
LUCHADORA
BIG NATE: THE MUSICAL
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS (First Steps)
STARGIRL
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS (First Steps)
SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS 

2013-14 season 

2012-13 season
 
2011-12 season