First Stage


Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

With this play, First Stage reminds us adults of how glorious a winter day can be for young children. Read more


This week, the magic and wonder of a wintry day comes to life in First Stage’s production of The Snowy Day and Other Stories, based on a 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book. Read more

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As 2019 ends, it’s time to look back at highlights of all the great theater that took place in our city; the nicely produced shows with career-defining performances, as well as both regional and world premieres. 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

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Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

The fast-paced show has enough action to keep kids entertained, and all of its elements combine seamlessly to provide enjoyment long after the holiday season fades into memory. Read more

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Illustration: Anna Ward

We may be decking our halls with holly and placing mistletoe in strategic places, but there are many holiday reasons to leave the house this season. Music, theater, dance—it’s all a celebration of the most wonderful time of the year. Read more

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This month: First Stage, the Marcus Center, Present Music and Cabaret MKE talk to hosts Dave Luhrssen and John Schneider. Read more

Radio Shepherd Express


PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Ruffalo

When the scent of her late Abuelita starts fading from her rebozo, 10-year-old Pilar has to deal with grief in this bilingual production. Read more


First Stage is putting on a bilingual, intimate and profound show amidst the monarch butterflies’ annual migration and Día de los Muertos celebrations. Read more

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