Meet the Cast of First Date
SHEA COFFMAN (Aaron). Recent credits: workshops of La Revolution Francaise with the creators of Les Miserables and Love and Other Fables;original Chicago cast of First Date. Other credits include The Sound of Music (Starlight); Hands on a Hardbody, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, bare (Unicorn); All Shook Up, Joseph..., Spelling Bee (New Theatre). www.sheacoffman.com
LAUREN BRATON (Casey). Local credits: Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods(KCRep); Nine, Violet and A Little Night Music (Spinning Tree Theatre); Cinderella and The Sound of Music (Starlight Theatre);Where the Wild Things Are and Shrek (Coterie Theatre); Grey Gardens (Unicorn Theatre); Guys and Dolls and The Music Man (Musical Theater Heritage); Life Could Be A Dream, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, No Way to Treat a Lady,and It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (American Heartland Theatre); Judy Barbra Lizaand Blues in the Night (Quality Hill Playhouse); A Man of No Importance (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Passion and Everlasting Universe:World Premiere (Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City). Regional: Into the Woods,The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Sugar (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre);and Seagle Music Colony New York. Coming up: She Loves Me at Musical Theater Heritage. www.laurenbraton.com
ANDREW SCHMIDT (Man 2) is making his Starlight Theatre debut in First Date. Kansas City credits: Guys & Dolls (Nicely Nicely), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius), Urinetown, Oliver, Sunday in the Park with George at Musical Theater Heritage; Forever Plaid at Chestnut Fine Arts; Rocky Horror at Egads. Music Theatre graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University in 2007.
APRIL STRELINGER (Woman) is delighted to make her Starlight Theatre debut in First Date. Off-Broadway and regional roles: Ethel in Best Foot Forward, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Aldonza in Man of LaMancha, Shelly in Bat Boy, Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, and Mrs. Mayor in Seussical.
FRANCISCO JAVIER VILLEGAS (Man 1) is grateful to be making his Starlight Theatre debut in First Date. He considers himself lucky to call Kansas City home, having performed with several theatre companies around town for the past 10 years. Villegas was recently seen in Musical Theater Heritage’s A Spectacular Christmas Show. Other credits include The Ghosts of Lote Bravo and The Mother****** with the Hat at the Unicorn Theatre and various performances at the Coterie Theatre, the last being King Julian in Madagascar: The Musical.