March 4 - 20. 2022

FIRST DATE: THE MUSICAL

Adaptation Written Austin Winsberg
Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner.

FIRST DATE: THE MUSICAL

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

David Naber (Man #1) is thrilled to finally be back on the stage after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Some of his favorite roles include Orin the Sadistic Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Princeton in Avenue Q, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Roger in Rent, Charles Guiteau in Assassins, and Gabe in Next to Normal, for which he was nominated for BroadwayWorld Seattle Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role. When he's not on stage, he enjoys burning the roof of his mouth on oven-baked pizza, twiddling his thumbs vigorously, and helping his army of houseplants develop a sentient hivemind.

Terry Boyd (Man #3 - March 4-5) is thrilled to return to Second Story, where he has been seen in Frost/Nixon and Saint Joan. He has also appeared at Sound Theater Co., eSe Teatro, Bellevue Civic, Edmonds Driftwood Players and Kenmore’s beloved theater company, As If. Thanks to all who work backstage.

Sebastian Hulburt (Man #3 - March 10-20) is excited to be returning to SecondStory Repertory. Pre-pandemic SSR credits include Lecturer (Reefer Madness), Dr. Carrasco (Man of La Mancha) and Toad (Frog and Toad). He'd like to thank Karin for her eternal friendship and everyone who's ever given him a ride ever. Enjoy the show!

Matt Dela Cruz (Man #2) is a performer, writer and educator. He had been focusing on writing and producing his own works before the pandemic started! In the before times, he presented Mr. D.C. (his first written solo show) in NYC in June 2019 through Pan Asian Repertory, premiered Tita Ester in August 2019 (a solo show he wrote about his Filipina mom) and has produced/headlined cabarets featuring the music of Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. Matt’s very excited to be back onstage after so, so long and is beyond grateful to be apart of this ah-mah-zing First Date crew. YASSSS!

Britt Boyd (Woman #1) Having appeared in scores of SSR casts, audiences will remember her most recently as Emma Goldman in Assassins, Mrs. Lynde in Anne of Green Gables, Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas and five years of A Christmas Carol. Other favorite local credits include The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Seattle Musical Theatre), Mrs. Armstrong in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Seattle Public Theatre), Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense (Renton Civic Theater) and Martha in The Secret Garden (Kitsap Forest Theater). She has also performed locally with Village Theatre, ACT and Theater Schmeater. Upcoming: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Twelfth Night. Cheers!

Justine Rose Stillwell (Woman #2) is so excited to be part of SSR’s first musical back onstage! Past audiences may remember her as Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (2018). More recent credits include Lizzie (Alice Russell) at InD theatre, The Revolutionists (Marie Antoinette) and Xanadu (Kira) at BPA, and Indy Jones…of the Doomed Ark (Bdolf) with Seattle Public Theatre. Love to my girls and mom.

Karin Terry (Casey) thanks you all for joining us back in the world of live theatre!! During the last two years, Karin has been singing with Naomi Morgan Entertainment as part of the Memphis belles and Singing for Seniors. Karin has performed around Seattle with Reboot theatre, Seattle G&S, Driftwood Players, and Second Story Rep. Favorite theatre credits include Sweeny Todd (Toby), Pride and Prejudice (Lizzy) Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Man of LaMancha (Antonia), Gentleman's Guide (Sibella). Loves and Hugs to her husband, Nick!

Nick Watson (Aaron) has a BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts. Other work: How Can I Love You (Young Shorty) with Ancient Lakes Theatre Festival; Guys and Dolls (Character Swing) with Village Theatre; Free Boy (James Tilton) with 5th Avenue’s AMT. The Unsinkable Molly Brown with Showtunes; Murder Ballad(Michael) with Side Country Theatre; Bright Star (Standford), Baskerville (Actor 2), Big Fish (Karl the Giant) with Taproot; Sweeny Todd (Pirelli), Violet (Billy Dean/ Virgil) with ArtsWest; Sound of Music with 5th Ave. Enjoy!

MEET THE MUSICIANS

Tim Webster (Reeds) Tim is a man of few words and many notes.

Brad McRae (Percussion) Brad has been a part of the Seattle area music scene since 1996. He has performed at Seattle Children's Theatre, Showtunes! at the Moore and Benaroya, The Highliners, Seattle Musical Theatre, SecondStory Repertory, Village Theatre and many more. He also has played in various casinos and night clubs with bands such as Soul’d Out and Sonic Funk Orchestra. Memorable shows include Tarzan, Follies, Working (Showtunes), Bremen town Musicians & The Wizard of Oz (SCT), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Driftwood Playhouse), Closer Than Ever (SMT), and Little Shop of Horrors (Carco Theatre). You last heard Brad at SecondStory during The Last Star Fighter and two nights of The Fantasticks before the shutdown.

MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Alicia Mendez (Director/Costume Coordinator) is not a stranger to the SSR stage; this will be the 16th show she has worked either on stage as a performer or in a production role. Alicia would like to thank the amazing cast for all their hard work. Tatiana Kruse for her help as a collaborator and a very special thanks goes out to Mark and Jen for giving her this opportunity and making SSR feel like home.

Tatiana Kruse (Music Director/Keyboard/Conductor) is thrilled to be back in person and so grateful for SecondStory for allowing her to be on the team to re-open after the Covid hiatus. Tatiana has worked as the music director and keyboardist at SecondStory Repertory Theater for both their summer youth theater and main stage productions for the past 10 years. She has also participated in their Theater for Young Audiences productions. Tatiana is currently working as a full time public educator at Juanita High School in the Lake Washington School District teaching Choir, Piano, Guitar, and Music Theory. Tatiana is also an avid opera lover and will be music directing the Seattle Opera youth program in January 2022. Tatiana is also one of the worship leaders at Valley Christian Assembly in Fall City, WA. Passionate about working in collaboration with other musicians, Tatiana accompanies for various vocalists, instrumentalists, and ensembles in the Seattle area.

Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.

Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry

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