Next Actors Spread Laughter to Local Community

Final performance brings original musical for teens by teens

Milwaukee, WI – Next Act Theatre is thrilled to announce the final performance for its summer playwriting and performance workshop, Next Actors: Summer Theatre for Teens. The event will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 6:00pm at the Danceworks Studio in the Northern Lights building, 1661 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door and are available by calling the Next Act Theatre box office, 414-278-0765 or visiting

Next Actors: Summer Theatre for Teens, celebrating its thirteenth year, is an intense six-week theatre program offered at no cost to Milwaukee area teenagers. The workshops provide youth of diverse cultural, ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds a safe environment for exploring the performing arts. The program’s goal is to create a one-hour original musical theatre piece, giving voice to the teen’s own ideas and perspectives.  This year’s creation focuses on acceptance and empowerment. The final performance is the culmination of the student’s work. It will be followed by a talkback, and then a reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  All proceeds will go to support the Next Actors program.

Guided by a staff of professional teaching artists, the teenagers develop an original musical theatre piece which tours to underserved communities in the Greater Milwaukee area free-of-charge. Karen Estrada and Doug Jarecki share joint leadership of this year’s program, along with comedian and music enthusiast Keson Holt. Danceworks Resident Choreographer Kelly Anderson returns as choreographer and movement coach.

Next Act Theatre’s mission is to engage the hearts and minds of our audience with compelling and intimate theatre productions intended to stimulate thought, foster the exchange of ideas and to promote the development of new perspectives and understanding. This marks Next Act Theatre’s 22nd season.

Next Actors: Summer Theatre for Teens 2011 Tour

Free Public Performances

Tuesday, July 19th 2:00pm

Milwaukee Public Library

814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Milwaukee, WI  53233


Wednesday, July 20th  1:00pm

Children’s Outing Association

2320 W. Burleigh Ave.

Milwaukee, WI


Wednesday, July 20th  4:30pm

First Stage Children’s Theatre

325 W. Walnut St.

Milwaukee, WI  53212

Thursday, July 21st 1:00pm

Mary Ryan Boys and Girls

3000 N. Sherman Blvd.

Milwaukee, WI 53210


Friday, July 22nd 10:30am

McGovern Park Senior Center

4500 W. Custer

Milwaukee, WI 53218


Benefit Performances

$5 in advance, $7 at the door


Saturday, July 23rd 6:30pm

Danceworks Studio

in the Northern Lights building

1661 N. Water St.,

Milwaukee, WI 53202