First Stage updates a timeless tale with the world premiere of ROBIN HOOD  


February 17 – March 12, 2017

Todd Wehr Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

By Joe Foust and John Maclay
Directed by Jeff Frank


Suggested for families with young people ages 7-16+


Milwaukee, WI – First Stage continues its 30th anniversary season with ROBIN HOOD, February 17 – March 12, 2017. Performances take place at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater, located at 929 N. Water Street, downtown Milwaukee. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Marcus Center box office at 929 N. Water Street, by phone at (414) 273-7206 or online at


A fresh look at the timeless tale of the legendary hero, ROBIN HOOD is First Stage’s 60th world premiere play for young audiences. First Stage has gained a reputation for telling stories from a young person’s point of view, championing their inherent strength and wisdom. “Full of adventure and laughs, our ROBIN HOOD puts the young Merry Men (and Women) in Training front and center,” said director Jeff Frank. In this version of ROBIN HOOD, it falls to Marian (played by First Stage alum Allie Babich) and the Merry Men-in-Training to come to the rescue after Robin, Little John and Friar Tuck are captured.

Jeff Frank (Director) has been First Stage’s artistic director since February 2003. Previously he had served as education director/associate artistic director beginning in 1996. Jeff is a native Wisconsinite who earned a B.F.A. in Theater from UW–Whitewater and went on to the University of Utah, earning an M.F.A. in Child Drama. This fall Jeff was welcomed back to the University of Utah where he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in the theatre department. Over the past 20 seasons Jeff has directed over 50 First Stage productions. Among his favorites are:  THE SNOW, LUCHADORA!, PETER PAN AND WENDY, U: BUG: ME, THE NEVERENDING STORY, A MIDNIGHT CRY, PERSEUS BAYOU, TOM SAWYER and NANCY DREW AND HER BIGGEST CASE EVER.

The professional actor cast of ROBIN HOOD includes Dominique Worsley* as Robin Hood; John Maclay* as Sheriff of Nottingham; James Fletcher* as Little John; Joe Foust* as Archbishop; Allie Babich as Marian/Sir Malcolm; and Tommy Novak as Friar Tuck. Andrew Stachurski and Maura Atwood will be the understudies for this production. *Member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Young performer roles are double cast. Young performers in the Sherwood Cast include Nicholas Doermann (as Much) from Menomonee Falls; Teddy Esten (as Thomas) from Cedarburg; Jack Burns (as Geoffrey) from Wauwatosa; Elliott Brotherhood (as Deputy) and Anna Fitzsimmons (as Elizabet) from Mequon; Grace Berendt (as Kate) from Milwaukee; Taylor Loomans (as Joan) from Slinger; AJ Wielichowski (as Guard) from Oak Creek and Bree Kazinski (as Guard) from Dousman.

Young performers in the Nottingham Cast include Jonathan Neustifter (as Much) from Racine; Ben Sturcyz (as Thomas), Jacob Badovski (as Deputy), Zora Allison (as Kate), and Ryienn Rideout (as Joan) from Milwaukee; Ben Kindler (as Geoffrey) from Brookfield; Jennie Babisch (as Elizabet) from Glendale; Alyssa Ratkowsi (as Guard) from Franklin and Dominique Hamilton (as Guard) from South Milwaukee.

The Artistic Staff for ROBIN HOOD includes: Melissa Torchia (Costume Designer); Jody Sekas (Scenic Designer); Noele Stollmack (Lighting Designer); Matt Whitmore (Sound Designer); Joe Foust (Fight Choreographer); Melissa L. Wanke (Stage Manager) and Laura Gingold (Assistant Stage Manager).


Friday, February 17, 2017
Following the opening night performance, First Stage invites all patrons to attend the Opening Night Reception at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, located one mile from the Marcus Center at 325 W. Walnut Street. Patrons can mix and mingle with the cast and crew of ROBIN HOOD while enjoying refreshments, courtesy of First Stage.




Location:  Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee


Dates:  February 17 – March 12, 2017


Description: A fresh look at the timeless tale of the legendary hero. When Robin, Little John and Friar Tuck are captured, it falls to Marian and the Merry Men-in-training to come to the rescue. Full of adventure and with laughs aplenty, this new take on a classic tale is suitable for the entire family.     Suggested for families with young people ages 7-16+


  • Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. – OPENING NIGHT
  • Saturday, February 18 at 1:00, 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 19 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.  – PAY WHAT YOU CHOOSE
  • Saturday, February 25 at 1:00, 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 26 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 4 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 5 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 12 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Ticket and information:
Tickets start at $15. Call (414) 273-7206 or online at

ASL Interpreted Performance:
Sunday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m. – this performance will be sign language interpreted for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices are also available at the Todd Wehr Theater.


About First Stage
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in the 2016-2017 season, First Stage is one of the nation’s leading theaters for young audiences and families. First Stage touches hearts, engages minds, and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for young people and families through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten, and entertain. Its Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people, fosters life skills through stage skills and serves over 2,100 students each year. As Wisconsin’s leader in arts-integrated education in schools, First Stage’s dynamic Theater in Education programs use theater to promote active learning throughout the curriculum, serving over 20,000 students throughout southeastern Wisconsin each year.  In 2012, First Stage was selected to participate in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Stage is the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Eureka Award in 2013 and 2015, recognizing creativity and innovation in business, education, and the arts. First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Theatre Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Arts Partners, and is a cornerstone member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).

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