Nancy Drew at First Stage

Nancy Drew Set - First Stage

On Sunday afternoon, most of the Magoon family took in a performance of Nancy Drew and her BIGGEST CASE EVER at First Stage. Obviously, we were there to support A.J. in his role as Ned Nickerson, Nancy Drew’s boyfriend. I may be slightly biased but I think he does an amazing job as Ned. It was fun to see him on stage again at First Stage in one last show as a youth performer.

This is an absolutely wonderful show and I would heartily recommend seeing it before it closes. While waiting for the show to begin, it was fun to look at all of the terrific items on the set; some of which were needed for the show and some of which were references to the many Nancy Drew books. The set was just stellar and so useful for the various locations needed in the script. In fact, all of the technical aspects of the show (lights, sound, costumes, and the set) were so great and really enhanced the experience of the show.

All that being said, the cast really made this an outstanding show. The young performers in the Wirt cast are so talented and enjoyable to watch. I would like to specifically recognize the superior performance of the actress that played Nancy Drew, Madison Penzkover. Being the title character, there were scant few moments when she wasn’t on stage. And when she was, she had the majority of the dialogue. Her characterization of what we expect from Nancy Drew was spot on. She handled this incredibly difficult part with ease.

The adult members of the cast, Matt Daniels, Niffer Clarke, Joe Faust, and Jim Fletcher, all turned in the fantastic performances that we have come to expect from the local Milwaukee professional actors. Well done all.

As a reminder, the show runs through Sunday, June 1st at 3:30 PM with public performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. If you would prefer to see A.J. in the role of Ned, check out my previous post for his schedule. Even if you can’t make those shows, please go see this original production. You really don’t want to miss it.


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