First Date: the Musical

 
at Midvale Main Street Theatre
 
 
Music & Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner
Book by
Austin Winsberg
Directed by
Tammy Ross
 
Starring
 
Check Cast
Cassidy Ross
Ryan Hoskins
Sara Goldberg
Alexandra Rae Kalaher
Ladonte Jordan
Jerrod Dew
Todd Taylor-Hoisington
Understudy: Lio River
Understudy: Halee Young Ballash
 
Bailout Cast
Brynnly Bosworth
Michael Howell
Charity Jones
Allie Valdez
Ladonte Jordan
Jerrod Dew
Todd Taylor-Hoisington
Understudy: Lio River
Understudy: Halee Young Ballash
 
 
 

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Song List

Act 1

  • The One - Company
  • First Impressions - Casey & Aaron
  • Bailout Song #1 - Reggie
  • The Girl For You - Company
  • The Awkward Pause - Company
  • Allison's Theme #1 - Allison
  • The World Wide Web Is Forever - Company
  • That's Why You Love Me - Stoner Guy & Rockstar Guy
  • Bailout Song #2 - Reggie
  • Safer - Casey

Act 2

  • I'd Order Love - Waiter
  • Allison's Theme #2 - Allison
  • The Things I Never Said - Aaron & Aaron's Mother
  • Bailout Song #3 - Reggie
  • In Love With You - Aaron
  • The Check! - Company
  • Something That Will Last - Casey & Aaron

 

Cast

Cassidy Ross
Casey
Brynnly Bosworth
Casey
Ryan Hoskins
Aaron
Michael Howell
Aaron
Alexandra Rae Kalaher
Woman #1 (Grandma Ida/Lauren/Aaron's Mother)
Allie Valdez
Woman #1 (Grandma Ida/Lauren/Aaron's Mother)
Sara Goldberg
Woman #2 (Allison/Google)
Charity Jones
Woman #2 (Allison/Google)
Jerrod Dew
Man #1 (Gabe/Edgy Rocker Guy)
Ladonte Jordan
Man #2 (Reggie/Aaron's Future Son/Edgy Stoner Guy)
Todd Taylor-Hoisington
Man #3 (Waiter/Casey's Father/Friendly Therapist)
Lio River
Understudy - Man #1

Creative Team

Tammy Ross

Director/Producer/Set Designer

Kristina Stone

Assistant Director/Stage Manager

Natasha Kunzler

Production Assistant/Stage Manager

Halee Young Ballash

Music Director/Female Swing

Allie Valdez

Choreographer

Kyle Esposito

Lighting Design

Jerrod Dew

Set Designer

Meet the Company

Cassidy Ross

Casey
Cassidy is so thrilled to be reprising her role as Casey in this hilarious musical! She is so excited to be sharing this role with her best friend, whom she had the chance to make her NYC debut with at the Triad Theatre in a cabaret show, "Broadway in Love", right before Covid shut down the theatre world in 2020. A few of her favorite past roles include: Sophie (Mamma Mia!), Scaramouche (We Will Rock You), Sherry (Rock of Ages), Cinderella (Disenchanted!), and Natalie (Next to Normal). When she’s not on stage, she’s busy running the children’s theatre program that she started at MMST 9 years ago. She’s currently directing Willy Wonka for Cottonwood Heights City, slated to open in July 2022. “Thanks for coming to support this little theatre family! I hope you have fun and enjoy the show!”

Brynnly Bosworth

Casey
Unlike most first dates, Brynnly is ecstatic to be on this one! Some of her favorite roles on stage include Jerusha Abbott in Daddy Long Legs, Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, Ilsa in Spring Awakening and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She is the owner and a performer for Wish Upon a Party, as well as an instructor at MMST’s youth program, Egyptian YouTheatre and the One Voice Children’s Choir. Perhaps her favorite title of all though is ‘voice teacher’ for children and adults! She is certified through the Lovetri Institue for Somatic Voicework™. singwithbee.com

Ryan Hoskins

Aaron
If you're not careful, life can slip through your hands and before you know it you are old. Ryan loves being on the stage, especially at Midvale Main Street Theatre. This stage has seen him play some of his favorite roles including Gomez in The Addams Family and Dan in Next to Normal. He would like to thank his incredible family for supporting him. In particular, he is grateful for the most important person in his world - his wife Kelsey. She puts up with all his shenanigans and there's nobody he'd rather take by the hand and experience the adventures of life with.

Michael Howell

Aaron
Michael is thrilled to be back performing in front of a live audience on the MMST stage! Favorite MMST credits include Mark (RENT), Will (American Idiot), William Barfee (The 25th… Spelling Bee) and Charlie Brown (… Charlie Brown). When not performing, Michael is the singer/guitarist/songwriter for the alternative rock back Leave Luna, which you can find at linktr.ee/leaveluna. He’d like to thank his beautiful wife Ashlee for her consistent love, dedication and support, and for making sure he hasn’t had to suffer through an awkward first date in over 10 years. “Have a drink, loosen up and enjoy the show!”

Alexandra Rae Kalaher

Woman #1 (Grandma Ida/Lauren/Aaron's Mother)
Alexandra Rae Kalaher (Woman #1) is thrilled to join Midvale Mainstreet Theatre again! She was last seen as Jenny in Midvale Main Street's Company. Previous shows and roles include: Rona, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Centerpoint Legacy Theatre); Irene Molloy, Hello, Dolly! (Kingsbury Hall); Abigail Adams 1776 (Centerpoint Legacy Theatre); Man of La Mancha (Utah Opera); Spark the Fire: Equality Utah Allies Gala with Billy Porter (Eccles Theatre); Ohio Light Opera 2016 season. She has also music directed Catch Me If You Can and Damn Yankees at the Hopebox Theatre as well as directed many children’s theatre productions throughout Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Alex has loved being a part of this production and sharing the stage with truly fantastic people. All her gratitude goes to her family and friends, especially her mom for her never-ending support and love and to her husband for the best first date ever (and also for his never-ending support and love)!

Allie Valdez

Woman #1 (Grandma Ida/Lauren/Aaron's Mother)
Allie is so excited to be back on the MMST stage! While taking some time off to focus on the MMST Youth Productions, she is thrilled to share the stage with this talented and hilarious cast. Previous shows: Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, Ilse Newman in Spring Awakening, Sandy in Grease, Margot in Legally Blonde the Musical.

Sara Goldberg

Woman #2 (Allison/Google)
Sara Goldberg is so excited to be returning to the Midvale stage after 2 1/2 long years!! This is her 6th adult show and 10th show overall with the Midvale family and she could not be happier to be sharing the stage with so many people she loves. She is so thankful for this theatre for being such a light and a healthy outlet for all the heavy things going on in life. She would also like to thank everyone who has been supporting her, you know who you are. It means the world to her.

Charity Jones

Woman #2 (Allison/Google)
Charity is thrilled to be retuning back to her home on the Midvale Main Street Theatre’s stage! She was last seen in the Fall of 2021 as one of her favorite roles, April in Company. Her previous MMST credits include We Will Rock You (Bohemian/Gaga Girl) , American Idiot (Ensemble), Legally Blonde (Whitney/Lelani/DA Joyce Riley) , and RENT (Alexi Darling). Other favorite musical credits include Guys and Dolls (Mimi) , original musical My Joe (Amy March), Spamalot (Mayor of Finland/Laker Girl). She has been waiting many years to get to finally get to play a villain and hopes you enjoy her as Allison in this show, sorry to her longtime friend Michael Howell for having to bully him. Also thank you to Ashlee-hugh for letting her borrow him! Big shout out to super supportive cast of friends and Sarah who she has loved sharing this role with. Along with the wonderful production team for this opportunity and their hard work. Now sit back have a cocktail and google embarrassing things about your date!

Jerrod Dew

Man #1 (Gabe/Edgy Rocker Guy)
After 3 years away from Midvale Main Street Theatre, Jerrod is excited to be on stage for this amazing show. Jerrod was also stoked to be building the set for the show. All in all, Jerrod is just happy to be back home with his friends on the MMST stage.

Ladonte Jordan

Man #2 (Reggie/Aaron's Future Son/Edgy Stoner Guy)
Ladonte Jordan is excited to return to Midvale Main Street theatre after acting professionally the last 5 years! From Off Broadway Cabarets to Broadway Tours to returning home, he looks forward to becoming a regular in the surrounding theatre community again.

Todd Taylor-Hoisington

Man #3 (Waiter/Casey's Father/Friendly Therapist)
Todd is super excited to be on Midvale Main Street Theatre stage again and in such a fun role as “the Waiter.” When taking a break from his super fast paced job in tech support his favorite place is on stage making audiences smile. His favorite past roles were Linus in “Your a Good Man Charlie Brown” Lord Farquaad in “Shrek the Musical” and Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Lio River

Understudy - Man #1
Lio is being thrilled for having his debut at Midvale Main Street Theater playing various roles in the same show. Lio was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the USA 7 years ago. His big dream is working on a sitcom with a live audience. He has worked with Kevin Costner in the TV Show Yellowstone and was lucky enough to work with producers and editors and directors from the movies Indiana jones and Star Wars. He just finished The Phantom of the Opera at Desert Star playing the owner of the opera house. And his favorite shows he has been in theater is Hairspray and Peter and the Starcatcher. He sure hopes you all to enjoy this cute and moving musical. He is extremely thankful for the opportunity he has had in this business. He is looking forward for more and more shows to learn even from all these other amazing and super talented actors he gets to work with.

Tammy Ross

Director/Producer/Set Designer
Tammy has owned and operated Midvale Main St. Theatre since August of 2009, directing and/or producing over 50 musicals. Some of her all-time favorites include Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages, We Will Rock You, Next to Normal and Daddy Long Legs. It has always been her passion to provide opportunities for those in our community to have a fun, safe space to perform while also bringing quality theatrical experiences to all our patrons.

Kristina Stone

Assistant Director/Stage Manager
Kristina Stone has been working on shows at MMST since 2011 and has been lucky enough to assist with their Children’s Program since the beginning. Some of her favorite shows she has worked on are: Little Mermaid Jr, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Daddy Long Legs, Frozen Jr, and Descendants. She’d like to thank MMST for giving her a place to do what she loves and would like to thank Cassidy for dedicating so much of her time and talent to bringing this amazing show to life. Thank you all for coming and enjoy the show!

Natasha Kunzler

Production Assistant/Stage Manager
Natasha is so happy to be sharing this funny and relatable show with you! She has been working at Midvale Main Street Theatre since 2015 and some of her past favorites include: Company, Next to Normal, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, American Idiot, & Spring Awakening. While she prefers to stay backstage, she has been tricked into performing one time as the VERY memorable "Valentine Girl" in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Thank you to Tammy for the best theatre family a girl could ask for & for allowing me to work on this show with her favorite people. While no first date is perfect, it's important to laugh at the awkward moments and gaffs and we hope this show allows you to do just that.

Halee Young Ballash

Music Director/Female Swing
In addition to over two decades of teaching and production experience across the country, Halee has a degree from Utah Valley University, where she performed with their Song ‘n Dance Company on multiple scholarships. Singing and dancing, she has toured nationally and internationally with Encore Academy of Entertainment and with the companies she founded: The Center for the Performing Arts and The Center 2.0 - where she currently teaches private voice, dance, and acting lessons. Halee has been privileged to perform on cruise ships, at theme parks, and in professional venues such as Disney, Hale Center Theater, HBO, Ballet West, the 2002 Olympics, and more. Although she has performed a variety of leading roles in various productions, Halee loves being behind the scenes helping others shine the very most. She has taught, choreographed, and judged in many venues such as America On Stage, Trumbauer theatre competition, 90&9’s original musical “Fighter”, and the Arizona Adrenaline professional arena football dance team. Note from Halee: “MMST is family ❤. Thanks to the cast and crew for your patience and support. Biggest thanks to my incredible kids and boyfriend for sacrificing time with me so I can do what I love!”

Allie Valdez

Choreographer
Allie loves performing on the MMST stage and has grown so much as a performer with the MMST family. She is so grateful for the opportunities she has been given to choreograph as well. Allie has loved seeing her passion grow both on and off the stage, as a choreographer and couldn't wait to be involved on the production team for this show!

Kyle Esposito

Lighting Design
Having worked mainly as an actor, Kyle performed in over 60 productions spanning Utah, Idaho, Las Vegas, and Virginia. Kyle has also worked as a director at Empress, Hopebox, and CenterPoint Legacy Theatres. Coming up, Kyle will be directing MMST’s production of “Company”. Kyle has also worked as a technician on lighting crews at Hale Centre Theatre, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, and for Pioneer Theatre Company where he worked with Award-Winning Broadway Light Designer Paul Miller on multiple projects, including the Pre-Broadway Workshop of “Cagney” starring Broadway veteran Robert Creighton.

Jerrod Dew

Set Designer
After 3 years away from Midvale Main Street Theatre, Jerrod is excited to be on stage for this amazing show. Jerrod was also stoked to be building the set for the show. All in all, Jerrod is just happy to be back home with his friends on the MMST stage.
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