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THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE comes to First Stage this January
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THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE comes to First Stage this January

Directed by John Maclay

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS returns to First Stage this holiday season
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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS returns to First Stage this holiday season

November 24, 2017 – December 31, 2017

First Stage Announces its 2017-2018 Season!
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First Stage Announces its 2017-2018 Season!

With two world premieres and celebrated family favorites, First Stage continues its commitment to spectacular theater experiences for young people and families.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical returns to First Stage this holiday season!
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical returns to First Stage this holiday season!

November 25 – December 31, 2016 at the The Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater

First Stage commissions its first international playwright with THE SNOW world premiere.
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First Stage commissions its first international playwright with THE SNOW world premiere.

February 26 – March 20, 2016 at the Todd Wehr Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

First Stage presents world premiere musical JUST A LITTLE CRITTER MUSICAL
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First Stage presents world premiere musical JUST A LITTLE CRITTER MUSICAL

February 13 – March 13, 2016 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

First Stage Young Company opens twelfth season with ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
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First Stage Young Company opens twelfth season with ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

December 11-20, 2015 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center – Youth Arts Hall. This play is for everyone ages 13 and up.

First Stage announces Free Class Day
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First Stage announces Free Class Day

First Stage to hold day-long open house featuring free acting classes for students, free Danceworks classes for parents, and special registration offers

First Stage to serve as lead agency of newly-formed CLC at MPS’ Kluge Elementary School
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First Stage to serve as lead agency of newly-formed CLC at MPS’ Kluge Elementary School

Through this after-school partnership, students will have access to First Stage Theater Academy acting classes, arts-integrated literacy programs and character development workshops.

First Stage’s 29th season begins with family favorite Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
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First Stage’s 29th season begins with family favorite Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

October 16 – November 15, 2015 at the Todd Wehr Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

First Stage’s 2015-16 First Steps series kicks off with world premiere play SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN
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First Stage’s 2015-16 First Steps series kicks off with world premiere play SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

October 10 – November 1, 2015 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

First Stage announces $70,000 grant award from the Shubert Foundation
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First Stage announces $70,000 grant award from the Shubert Foundation

General operating support from the Shubert Foundation has been awarded to First Stage for twelve consecutive years.

First Stage Young Company presents HAMLET
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First Stage Young Company presents HAMLET

The nationally acclaimed Young Company to collaborate with area professionals, bringing Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy to life.

First Stage Announces Added Performance of BIG NATE: THE MUSICAL
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First Stage Announces Added Performance of BIG NATE: THE MUSICAL

Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.

First Stage Announces its 2015-2016 Season!
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First Stage Announces its 2015-2016 Season!

Your adventure awaits! Our 29th season includes four captivating World Premiere productions as well as beloved family favorites – Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Holes and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.

First Stage presents world premiere LUCHADORA!
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First Stage presents world premiere LUCHADORA!

A vibrant exploration of Mexican American tradition

First Stage announces extended run of GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS
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First Stage announces extended run of GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

First Stage’s First Steps Series presents Stiles and Drewe’s GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee. Due to the popularity of this show, five performances have been added, extending the run from January 31 through March 1, 2015. This fun, interactive performance is part of First […]

First Stage’s RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER™: THE MUSICAL now extended through December 31, 2014!
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First Stage’s RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER™: THE MUSICAL now extended through December 31, 2014!

Special offer announced: Save 20% off main floor tickets for additional RUDOLPH performances.

First Stage presents Y York’s moving adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s young adult novel STARGIRL
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First Stage presents Y York’s moving adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s young adult novel STARGIRL

January 16 – February 15, 2015 at the Todd Wehr Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

First Stage announces sensory-friendly performances of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS and GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS
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First Stage announces sensory-friendly performances of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS and GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

“We’re delighted that children with autism and their families can enjoy these interactive performances.”

First Stage presents: The Three Little Pigs
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First Stage presents: The Three Little Pigs

November 1 – 23, 2014 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.

Rudolph Soars from Screen to Stage in Family-Friendly Adaptation of Highest Rated Christmas Special of All Time
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Rudolph Soars from Screen to Stage in Family-Friendly Adaptation of Highest Rated Christmas Special of All Time

November 28 – December 28, 2014 at The Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater

Milwaukee Teens Place First in Multi-state High School Shakespearean Acting Competition
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Milwaukee Teens Place First in Multi-state High School Shakespearean Acting Competition

For the eighth time, First Stage Young Company sent 14 of its members to compete in the Utah Shakespearean Festival/Southern Utah University Shakespeare Competition.

First Stage expands programming for students with autism
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First Stage expands programming for students with autism

One and two-week summer programs begin August 18 Sensory Friendly performances announced for 2014-15 season

First Stage to take Part in Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s Miracle on Canal Street as a 2014 Signature Charity
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First Stage to take Part in Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s Miracle on Canal Street as a 2014 Signature Charity

Funds raised by casino to be used for First Stage Theater Academy Scholarships, Literacy Residency programs and in-classroom arts integrated lessons.

First Stage adds performance of NANCY DREW AND HER BIGGEST CASE
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First Stage adds performance of NANCY DREW AND HER BIGGEST CASE

Saturday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m.

First Stage expands summer programming to West Bend
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First Stage expands summer programming to West Bend

Week-long theater class offered at West Bend High School July 14-18, 2014.

First Stage presents “Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever!”
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First Stage presents “Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever!”

First Stage presents its 50th world premiere play

Educators use First Stage’s CRASH to spark important conversation about bullying
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Educators use First Stage’s CRASH to spark important conversation about bullying

First Stage’s Theater In Education department to facilitate over 75 in-classroom workshops in conjunction with CRASH to teach anti-bullying, leadership and character education this spring.

LeRoy Butler gives extended talkback following 3:30 p.m. performance of First Stage’s CRASH on Sunday, March 30.
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LeRoy Butler gives extended talkback following 3:30 p.m. performance of First Stage’s CRASH on Sunday, March 30.

The former Packer of Lambeau Leap fame will share his personal story and experiences overcoming bullying.

First Stage completes first successful run of holiday production in Chicago; over 27,000 tickets sold to new audiences.
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First Stage completes first successful run of holiday production in Chicago; over 27,000 tickets sold to new audiences.

First Stage successfully introduces its unique brand of theater for young audiences to families in Chicago and beyond.