First Stage Presents A WRINKLE IN TIME 1/27-2/19

First Stage continues its 25th season with A WRINKLE IN TIME at the Todd Wehr Theater, 929 N. Water Street, downtown Milwaukee, from January 27 – February 19, 2012. Directed by Mark Metcalf, this imaginative adaptation based on the popular children's book by Madeleine L'Engle was adapted by John Glore.

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

Before there was Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, there was Meg Murry – the original sci-fi/fantasy hero. She is an outcast at school. Her father is missing. The town thinks her brother is some sort of freak. Meg Murry is angry at a world that makes no sense to her. But when a strange visitor arrives at her family's home on a dark and stormy night, she embarks on a wild journey through space and time to rescue her father from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. Don't miss this production sure to propel your imagination on the journey of a lifetime. "Using the actor's imaginations and their skills we hope to stimulate your imagination so that you can travel with us through space and time to Camazotz and beyond, with a safe return home to your own backyard," said Director Mark Metcalf. This play is for everyone ages 8 and up.

Director Mark Metcalf No stranger to First Stage, Mark previously appeared as an actor in GOSSAMER, A CHRISTMAS STORY, MIDNIGHT CRY, HOLES, THE GIVER and others. Mark has appeared in films including Animal House and on television including Seinfeld and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as more than one hundred plays in the course of 40 years as a professional actor. In fact, his first fully paid professional acting job was on the Todd Wehr stage with the REP in 1971 as Tony Kirby in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU.

The adult actor cast of A WRINKLE IN TIME includes Aaron Christensen (Member of Actor's Equity Association) as Father/Mrs. Which/Ensemble; Matt Daniels (Member of Actor's Equity Association) as Mrs. Whatsit/Man with Red Eyes/Ensemble; Erica Elam (Member of Actor's Equity Association) as Mother/Mrs. Who/Comazotz Woman/Ensemble; and Marcella Kearns as Foley Artist/Aunt Beast/Ensemble.

Young performer roles are double-cast. Young performers in the Space Cast are Erin Stapleton (as Meg) and James Mullooly (as Charles Wallace) from Wauwatosa; Nathan Kluge (as Calvin) from Oconomowoc; Spencer Tomich (as Comazotz 1) from Pewaukee; Abby Hanna (as Comazotz 2) from Greenfield; Meguire Hennes (as Comazotz 3) from Hubertus; and Ella Frank (as Comazotz 4) from Milwaukee.

The young performers in the Time Cast are Katherine Pollnow (as Meg) from Kewaskum; John Fernandez (as Charles Wallace), Lizzie Borg (as Comazotz 2) and Emily Harris (as Comazotz 3) from Milwaukee; Maxwell Mainwood (as Calvin) and Meghan Schaefer (as Comazotz 4) from New Berlin; and Luke Czerwinski (as Comazotz 1) from St. Francis.

The Artistic Staff for A WRINKLE IN TIME includes: Sarah Hunt-Frank (Scenic Designer); Holly Payne (Costume Designer); Kelly Anderson (Choreographer); Charlie Cooper USAA (Lighting Designer); Charles Sommers and Seth Warren-Crow (Sound Designers); Melissa Wanke Member of Actor's Equity Association (Stage Manager), and Christine Czerwinski (Assistant Stage Manager).

Tickets for A WRINKLE IN TIME start at $13. Tickets may be purchased at or through the Marcus Center box office, in person at 929 N. Water Street in downtown Milwaukee or by phone (414) 273-7206 or toll free at (888) 612-3500. The number for TDD (for deaf and hard of hearing patrons) is (414) 273-3080.

Performance dates: A WRINKLE IN TIME opens Friday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. Other performances are held: Saturday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, January 29 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 4 at 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 11 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 12 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 19 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Special events for A WRINKLE IN TIME

Opening Night Reception
Friday, January 27
Following the opening night performance First Stage invites all patrons to attend the Opening Night Reception at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, located one mile from the Marcus Center. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the cast and crew of A WRINKLE IN TIME while enjoying refreshments, courtesy of First Stage.
Opening weekend: Friday, January 27 through Sunday, January 29
A drawing for a $20 gift certificate to Rainbow Booksellers will be held immediately following each performance. Gift certificates may be redeemed for a book purchase at the First Stage merchandise counter in the lobby or at Rainbow Booksellers, located at 5704 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee. One winner will be selected at each performance.

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