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“In a way, this could be looked at as an origin story for Hansel and Gretel,” explains the company’s Jeff Frank. “Hansel has yet to arrive on the scene, and Gretel is on her own for much of the adventure—but not without helpers and supporters.” Read more

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Favoring practical effects and clever storytelling, First Stage’s 'A Wrinkle in Time' proves enjoyable and appropriate for both adults and children in the audience. 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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Tinker Bell comes to the Marcus Center to tell the story of Peter Pan, et al from her own unique perspective in a fun new musical. 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

A&E Feature

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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

A&E Feature

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

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

A&E Feature

First Stage will present the world premiere of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s Antarctica, WI, a play that follows seven teenagers living in an unnamed but Milwaukee-like city, and attempts to capture the universal challenges of being young. Read more

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First Stage’s A Charlie Brown Christmas has everything you could want in a kid-themed special: The whole Peanuts gang is here—Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Sally and, of course, Snoopy. It runs through Dec. 31 at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater. Read more

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“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we love you!” sing a pair of children to their favorite car, and that’s likely to be the audience’s impression. Read more

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There are several plays and musicals to choose from in the coming weeks: Robin Hood (First Stage), The Metromaniacs (Windfall Theatre), A Month in the Country (UWM Kenilworth Five-O-Eight), Broadway’s Next H!t Musical (SMPAC), Escanaba in L... Read more

Performing Arts Weekly

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and with the revival of First Stage’s delightful Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Christmas gets an even brighter (red) glow—thanks to the most famous reindeer of all. Rudolph is based o... Read more

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First Stage reprises its beloved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Nov. 25-Dec. 31 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts’ Todd Wehr Theater. Read more

A&E Feature

First Stage presents Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, Oct. 14-Nov. 13. Read more

Performing Arts Weekly

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First Stage continues to break new ground with its world premiere of 'Luchadora!' focusing on lucha libre, the Mexican tradition of wrestling. Read more

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First Stage presents 'Luchadora!' at Todd Wehr Theater. Read more

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For the second consecutive summer, First Stage is producing Latino youth-focused programming on Milwaukee’s South Side. Artistic Director Jeff Frank is a Janesville native (UW-Whitewater, University of Utah MFA) who leads the endeavor. He s... Read more

Off the Cuff

No doubt about it, Nancy Drew was a gal ahead of her time. The famed teen detective of the 1930s sparked the imaginations of millions of young girls who longed to experience Nancy’s Read more

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Nancy Drew, the brilliant teen detective of fiction series fame, will solve her next great mystery at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater. Co-written by First Stage’s Artistic Director Jeff Frank and Associate Artistic Director/Young Comp... Read more

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