Milwaukee Opera Theatre

Milwaukee Opera Theater (MOT) has been combining lush and imaginative lyric theater with spirited art since 1998. MOT also offers Voice Labs for artists. This season’s powerful productions include virtual and live performances.

Written by Brit Nicole with music by Ms. Lotus Fankh, spoken-word opera Home Cooked Heroes features the staff and volunteers of Milwaukee’s Tricklebee Café, a pay-what-you-can restaurant located in a food desert, and explores themes of community, kindness and generosity.

Virtual winter production The Aria Project showcases the talents of eight local artists and their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic through well-known arias.

Performances return indoors this spring with Preludes. With music, book and lyrics by Dave Malloy, the production, a blend of classical and modern music, explores the complicated psyche of composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. The season concludes with a dynamic new English translation of Claudio Monteverdi’s triumph of opera, L’Orfeo, complete with dazzling lights and costumes.

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First Stage

After more than a year of strictly virtual performances, First Stage–Milwaukee’s theater for young audiences–makes its exuberant return to live performances with the cartoon-inspired holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Performances are Nov. 20-Dec. 26 at the Marcus Performing Arts Center’s Todd Wehr Theater.

Suitable for children ages four and up, A Charlie Brown Christmas features Charles Schultz’s beloved Peanuts characters, including Lucy, Snoopy and Charlie Brown, in a charming tale about community, kindness and determination—and, of course, football.

“This show reminds us that we are at our best when we come together, when we care for each other, when we take the time to really see each other,” said First Stage Artistic Director Jeff Frank.  

With a dynamic cast, joyous live music and vibrant, seasonal scenery, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a heartwarming holiday experience for all ages.

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