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Live On Stage: The musical “First Date”
January 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Awkward nerd Aaron (James Ray Taylor III) has never been on a blind date before. Free-spirited bohemian Casey (Megan Wager) has been on way too many. What could go wrong? Well, just about everything, as these complete opposites soon discover. But when they meet for dinner, sparks fly.
The evening also features imaginary guest appearances by exes, friends, and family (Hannah Brannon, Deion Bruce Howard, Vanessa Quiñones, Patrick J. Stanley, Baylor Willis), who pop into Aaron and Casey’s heads to offer advice served up with plenty of sass. Through song and dance, these mental narrators provide hilarious and heartfelt commentary on how the date’s going.
Set in modern-day NYC, this 2013 Broadway musical is an outrageously funny, rapid-fire romantic comedy about finding love in surprising places. If you’ve been on a date, you can relate! Please be aware: This show contains strong profanity and sexual innuendo.
“First Date” is directed by Chris Jorie. Music director is Shane Bass. Stage manager is Dakota Brown. Set design is by Dave Berardi. Costume design is by Eryn Brooks Brewer. Lighting design is by Robert P. Robins. Sound design is by Steven Whipple.
There will be 11 public performances from January 10-20, 2019. The lobby opens one hour before each performance, at 7:00 p.m. before evening shows and at 1:00 p.m. before matinees. Beer and wine are available for purchase at the concessions stand.
Reserve your tickets for opening night and join us on Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. for a reception an hour before the premiere performance. Delicious refreshments are provided, and beer and wine are available for purchase. Come celebrate the excitement of opening night!
Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for subscribers to the Ocala Civic Theatre Signature Series, and $13 for full-time students (school ID required for college students). Group rates are available as well. Call (352) 236-2274 or go to www.ocalacivictheatre.com.
ENTER OUR “FIRST DATE” CONTEST AND WIN A DATE NIGHT TO SEE THE SHOW!
Got a great story of an unforgettable first date of your own? Tell us about it! You could win tickets to the show, plus dinner and some other special perks to give you another memorable night out. Whether your first date was terrific or terrible, we want to hear about it. Message us on the Ocala Civic Theatre Facebook page with your story – you can write it (include photos if you have them!) or send us a video. Get creative! Or you can post a photo or video on Instagram, share your story in the caption, and use hashtag #1stDateContest. We’ll post the winning entry on our Facebook and Instagram pages (so keep it rated PG-13!). The deadline to submit your entry is January 7.