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The non-profit organization has raised $11.9 million to fund groups like First Stage and Milwaukee Ballet. Read more

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In addition to the sparkling Lakefront, neighborhood parks and seasonal festivals, there are lots of other places in the city that are geared for the entertainment of Milwaukee’s small fry. Read more

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First Stage’s production of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn transforms the stage into the Mississippi River, the waterway Huck and Jim travel by raft in search of freedom. Read more

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Highlighting this week’s arts’ scene, First Stage’s production of Big River flows into the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater; and Ronn McFarlane and Paul O’Dette “lute” the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Read more

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First Stage fluidly presents the complex story of a foster kid who learns the power of poetry in Locomotion Read more

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In this week’s performing arts’ scene, First Stage goes into Locomotion, Five Guys Named Moe grace the Cabot Theatre’s stage and Red Priest gives quite a show in, appropriately enough, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Read more

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Roald Dahl’s story Matilda is the tale of a young person’s triumph, how her wisdom and tenacity thwarts the folly of adults. Read more

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The Marcus Center’s development plans, the spread of cannabis stores in Milwaukee, First Stage’s Matilda and more. Read more

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From family drama to human comedy, the new year starts off with some thought-provoking productions sure to keep the conversation going long after the stage lights have dimmed. Read more

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First Stage presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical Jan. 11-Feb. 24 at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater. It’s highly recommended for young audiences given its tale of youthful empowerment. Read more

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First Stage’s Young Company presents Girls in the Boat, a fast-paced retelling of the story of our country’s first female professional rowing team. Read more

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As artistic director Jeff Frank says, “We are very excited to have Girls in the Boat premiere at First Stage. The play was written specifically with the teens in our Young Company in mind.” Read more

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First Stage has produced The Best Christmas Pageant Ever nine times since 1990, as it is a popular story about compassion, empathy and love. This year, for the first time, the story has been adapted as a musical. Read more

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Milwaukee’s performing arts groups greet the season with an array of holiday-themed shows as Christmas approaches. Read more

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First Stage artistic director Jeff Frank discusses the organization’s new projects and its production of the Tony Award-winning musical Matilda in January-February. Read more

Off the Cuff

Six UPAF “Cornerstone Groups” will receive about 86% of the dollars allocated. Read more

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First Stage brings the work of popular children’s author Eric Carle to life with Jonathan Rockefeller’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. Read more

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The first offering in First Stage’s new “First Steps Series” is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show—a stage adaptation of one of the most popular children’s books ever. Read more

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First Stage Children’s Theatre presents a vibrant stage adaptation of Megan McDonald’s popular children’s books. Read more

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The Shepherd Express’ Performing Arts Week highlights live theater, dance and music performances in and around the city of Milwaukee. This week, we look at productions of Judy Moody & Stink, Celebration and Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation, as ... Read more

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