CAST And Musicians
CHARLIE LUBECK* - AARON
Charlie is thrilled to be a part of this phenomenal cast in Chicago's premiere production of First Date. Charlie was most recently seen as a cast member of The Glee Project Season 2 (Oxygen Network). Regional credits include The Freedom Machine (Dom), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Finch), Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play (John/J/Eric), The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart) Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince) and MacBeth (Banquo). Charlie graduated with a BFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to musical theatre, Charlie is also a singer/songwriter performing at various venues around and in the city; his music can be found on his channel on YouTube or at www.charlielubeck.com
DANA PARKER - casey
Dana is so excited to join the cast of First Date! Recent credits include Days Like Today (Writers Theatre), Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Cuff Me (Entertainment Events), The Fantasticks and Company (Williamstreet Repertory). Dana is a graduate from the acting program at the University of Illinois (Urbana, Champaign)- Go Illini! Dana would like to thank JR, Jeanne and the Gray Talent Team. All my love to family. www.danavparker.com
SHEA COFFMAN* - MAN 1
(JEWISH CHORUS/GAbE/YOUTUBE/EDGY BRITISH GUY)
Shea Coffman (Man 1/Understudy Aaron) is a Kansas City native, new to Chicago and is thrilled be joining First Date. Regional credits include: Hands on a Hardbody, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, bare (Unicorn Theatre) The Sound of Music (Starlight Theatre) All Shook Up, Joseph..., Spelling Bee (New Theatre), Spring Awakening, Seussical, U:Bug:Me (Coterie Theatre), Make Me a Song (Spinning Tree Theatre), How to Succeed..., Big River (MTH), Being Alive, Thrill Me (Fishtank Theatre)
CASSIE SLATER* - WOMAN 1
(GRANDMA IDA/LAUREN/FACEBOOK/ FEMALE WITH MEGAPHONE #2/AARON'S MOTHER)
Cassie Slater (Woman 1) is grateful for this First Date! Alongside her work in regional theatre (Chicago Shakespeare, Timeline Theatre, Barrington Stage, Peninsula Players among many others), Cassie works extensively in the development of new musicals (BMI and William Finn’s Musical Theatre Lab at BSC) and originated the roles of Lauren and Judy in BSC's See Rock City and Other Destinations (again at NAMT). Concerts: Joe's Pub, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, The Laurie Beechman, & Ars Nova. In 2009, she won the New York Music Theater Festival's Next Broadway Sensation Competition, which led to her solo show, Chimera at Joe's Pub. Cassie is a proud graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. She’s a wife to actor, Eric Slater, and mom to sweet Winona. www.cassieslater.com
ADAM FANE* - Man 2
(Reggie/Aaron's Future Son/Instagram/Edgy Rocker Guy)
Adam Fane (Man 2) is thrilled to join the cast of First Date! Credits include: Rock of Ages (nat'l tour); Mary Poppins (Paramount Theater); Gypsy and Shrek the Musical (Chicago Shakespeare); Alice in Wonderland (Marriott Theatre); Signs of Life-Reading (Victory Gardens); Spring Awakening (Griffin Theatre Company); Hello Again (Bohemian Ensemble); Chicago (Mason Street Warehouse); Avenue Q (Jeff Nomination, NightBlue Performing Arts); and most recently Rod, in Mercury Theater Chicago's long-running Avenue Q. Adam holds a degree in Musical Theatre from Roosevelt University. He sends love and thanks to his supportive family. He would also like to thank J.R., Liz, and his agents at Gray Talent.
ANNE LITCHFIELD CALDERÓN - WOMAN 2
(JEWISH CHORUS/ALLISON/GOOGLE GIRL/ FEMALE WITH MEGAPHONE #1)
Anne Litchfield Calderón (Woman 2) hails from Flossmoor, IL and now lives in Lakeview with her husband, Fidel, and her dog Bella! Anne attended Indiana University where she double majored in Theatre & Drama, as well as Communication & Culture, and just wrapped up her Master's Degree at DePaul University in Secondary Education.
She is currently working at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Anne was most recently seen as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Jenny in Company, Susan in Title of Show, Holly in The Wedding Singer and Maureen in RENT. Anne wants to dedicate this show to her husband... without that first date, I would have missed out on the best thing in my life.
JOHN KEATING - man 3
(Waiter/Casey's Christian Father/Twitter/Friendly Therapist)
John Keating (Man 3) couldnʼt be happier to join the cast of First Date! Since moving to Chicago in 2012, he has performed with Griffin Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre (Jeff Nom 2014), Broadway in Chicago, The Goodman Theatre and The Black Ensemble Theatre. Regionally, he has been seen at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Prather Entertainment Group, PCPA Theatrefest, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and The Great American Melodrama. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance from the University of WI - Stevens Point. Thanks forever to my Mamma and YOU for supporting the arts!
Understudy Casey, Woman #1, Woman #2
Elissa Newcorn is thrilled to be a part of First Date! Favorite Chicago credits include The Last Five Years (Metropolis Performing Arts), HMS Pinafore (Light Opera Works), The Frog Prince Cont’d (Emerald City Theatre), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Promethean Theatre Ensemble), and Reefer Madness (Circle Theatre- Jeff Nomination, Best Musical). She is also a member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals and the Chicago Artists Chorale. Love and gratitude always to M, D, and S.
Understudy Man #1, Man #2, Man #3
Andrew can’t tell you how happy he is to be a part of First Date! Other Chicago credits include Assassins (Kokandy); Time After Time: The Songs of Jule Styne and A Very Merry Madrigal (Theo Ubique); Spamalot and Songs for a New World (NightBlue); and will be appearing next in City of Angels with Porchlight Music Theatre. A huge thank you to J.R., CPAZ, this cast and his family.
Elizabeth Doran is a Chicago-based music director. Credits include: Titanic (Griffin Theatre), Juno (Timeline Theatre), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Boho Theatre), and The Gifts of the Magi (Porchlight Music Theatre). She has also assisted on Jungle Book (Goodman Theatre and Huntington Theatre), A Catered Affair (Porchlight Music Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Court Theatre), A Grand Night for Singing (Mercury Theater), and Some Enchanted Evening (Theo Ubique/Fox Valley Rep). Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Love and thanks to the fam and John.
Cesar Romero- Guitar
Michael Sinclair- Bass
Tony Scandora- Drums
Adam DeGroot- Reeds/Keyboard II
*denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.