Before we get to the the whoot worthy news contained in this post, let's get one thing out of the way: The world of children's entertainment is chockfull of mindless, mega-hyper tripe crafted to pander to every kid's uncontrollable attraction to anything that provides immediate emotional/physical satisfaction without regard to quality of content. Since it is the adult crowd that creates said tripe, it is certainly not the fault of the young ones because folks who have lived long enough to actually possess a matured brain in their pans should know better, right? Right.
Those facts being true, it is a wholly magnificent thing when a theater company continually presents works that actually convey deep human emotion and utilize history to give the knee-, elbow- and shoulder-biter audience members the invaluable gift theater is meant to give, which is the cathartic experience.
Just such a company is Milwaukee's First Stage. For 26 years, First Stage has been presenting and developing thoughtful, young-mind-growing and, yes, entertaining theater productions without pandering. And they have never shied away from topics deemed to be too sticky or uncomfortable, such as race, whether the audience be 8 or 80 years old. And here it comes--Whoot!
Other organizations have definitely taken notice of First Stage's great work and one, Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV), has smartly decided to help the company spread that greatness to a wider audience, including you.
On April 19 at 8PM, MPTV will air To The Promised Land on Channel 10. This play, originally presented by First Stage in January and February of this year, portrays the story of a young African-American girl named Ruth living in Civil Rights era Milwaukee. Through learning about the life of Golda Meir, the former Milwaukee resident who grew up to become Israel’s first female prime minister, Ruth discovers a way to deal with the loss of her brother and finds a path to her own promised land. Now that's what we call real theater for everybody!
Tune-in on April 19, you kids of all ages, and get your catharsis on.