April 12, 2021

Sedalia, Missouri – April 12, 2021 – State Fair Community College’s Theatre Arts program will present the musical “First Date” at 7:30 p.m. April 22-24 and 2 p.m. April 25 in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus. Admission is free. Parental discretion is advised; performance is recommended for audiences 16 years and older because of explicit language and mature themes. 

“First Date” is a modern musical that invites the audience to experience a blind date between two very different, 30-ish New Yorkers. Aaron is a conservative banker, Jewish and on a mission to find “the one.” Casey is an artist who is “a little too funky for Wall Street.” At first, the date seems to be a disaster, but as influences of family and friends are revealed through the couple’s imaginations and a meddling waiter and restaurant patrons get involved, a glimmer of hope for something special begins to shine.  

The play, first performed in 2012, is based on a book written by Austin Winsberg. Music and lyrics are by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner.  

Admission is free; however, donations will be accepted at the door. Seating is first come, first served and limited to about 60 per show to allow for social distancing. Face coverings are required. For special accommodations, email Ryan Mahannah, Theatre Arts Program Coordinator, at rmahannah@sfccmo.edu.   

CAST 

Aaron – Ben Brewer, Strafford 

Casey – Annie Henson, Clever 

Reggie – Johnny Nguyen, Vietnam 

Man #1 (Waiter, Casey’s Christian Father, British Artist, Twitter) – Walker Schotte, Versailles 

Woman #1 (Lauren, Aaron’s Mother, Female with Megaphone #2, Snapchat) – Jenna Speer, Coffeyville, Kansas 

Man #2 (Blaze, Aaron’s Future Son, Instagram) – Aren Goodwin, Warrensburg 

Woman #2 (Allison, Female with Megaphone #1, Facebook) – Brianna Harlow, Warrensburg 

Man #3 (Gabe, YouTube, Stoner Guy) – Quincy Wilson, Oak Grove 

Woman #3 (Grandma Ida, Goggle, Friendly Therapist) – Torrie Shelly, Warrensburg 

Male Understudy – Denver Montgomery, Sedalia 

Female Understudy – Kennedy Keele, Warrensburg 

 

CREW 

Director – Ryan P. Mahannah, SFCC Theatre Arts Program Coordinator  

Music Director – Jan Turely, Sedalia 

Choreographer – Lauren Scarborough, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 

Technical Director – Tim Wells, SFCC Faculty  

Stage Manager/Assistant Director – Sarah Hensel, Provencal, Louisiana 

Assistant Stage Managers – Kennedy Keele, Sedalia; Denver Montgomery 

Costume and Make Up Designer – Kennedy Keele 

Sound Designer and Sound Board Operator – Allison Hayes, Macon 

Scenic and Lighting Design – Tim Wells 

Property Master – Kya Kampe, Warrensburg 

Props Run Crew – Bailey Mitchell, Columbia 

Light Board Operator – Taylor Ireland, California, Missouri 

Scenic and Run Crew – Bailey Mitchell, Kya Kampe, Kennedy Keele 

Program and Poster Design – Cheryl Landers, SFCC Design Services Manager, Ryan Mahannah 

House Manager – Kylie Gaunt, Nixa 

Ushers – Faith Ehlers, Sedalia; Kya Kampe 

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