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Milwaukee’s First Stage believes in the power of the performing arts to help the youth grow. Read more

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“Wherever they work, [our artists] are meeting directors, designers and actors; as long as we keep communicating and sharing, we’ll grow in an understanding of all that can help make First Stage better than we are today." Read more

A&E Feature


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J.M. Barrie’s children’s classic Peter Pan is told from Tinker Bell’s perspective in this exciting new production. Read more


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Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

A light-fingered thief seems to have made off with a young girl’s painting in the world premiere of First Stage’s musical, Nate the Great. Read more


Robin Hood and his band of merry men and women get in plenty of laughs along with the requisite swashbuckling, bravery and heroism in First Stage’s world premiere, and while the good guys do battle with the bad guys in this production, the ... Read more


First Stage Theatre Academy’s John Maclay is tackling R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps with a production of Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium. Off the Cuff interviews Maclay, who discusses the show and the process of writing for chil... Read more

Off the Cuff


Paul Ruffolo

First Stage stages a clever adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl featuring young actors from its Theater Academy. Read more


The Milwaukee Comedy Festival returned for its eighth year Aug. 1-4 with Next Act’s theater space on South Water as a stylish venue for the proceedings. Once again, co-producers Matt Kemple and Patrick Schmitz put together an Read more


I'll be joining FM 102.1's Ryan Miller for another chatty hour of his "Indie Soundcheck" program this Sunday night at 11 p.m. We'll be playing music from Surfer Blood, Art Brut, Vampire Weekend and the Supergrass side project Hot Rats. We'll also .. Read more

On Music

Rachel Schmeling, a15-year-old actress who has studied with the First Stage TheaterAcade The Happy Elf ,Off the Cuff Read more

Off the Cuff