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UND Theatre presents ‘First Date’ Nov. 9-11, 16-18

UND’s 2023-24 theatrical run continues with a musical romantic comedy

Jace Toutenhoofd as Aaron and Ella Henry as Casey
Jace Toutenhoofd (left) as Aaron and Ella Henry as Casey in “First Date the Musical.” Photo by Brad Reissig

Who: UND Department of Theatre Arts

What: “First Date”
Music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
Book by Austin Winsberg

Where: Burtness Theatre

When: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9-11, 16-18

Tickets: $25 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and military (with ID). Free for student military (with ID).

Box Office: UND Department of Theatre Arts, 701.777.2587


UND Theatre continues the 2023-24 season with the romantic musical comedy, “First Date,” playing at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9-11 and 16-18, at the Burtness Theatre.

This production takes the audience through the first meeting of Casey and Aaron, two singles set up by friends and family. The two have nothing in common: Aaron is a conservative banker looking for a meaningful relationship, while Casey is an artist and a little too funky for Wall Street.

With the influences of their friends and family, as well as the effects of social media, this first date seems to be doomed. But, with the help of a meddling but well-meaning waiter, Casey and Aaron might make a connection after all.

With a contemporary rock score, “First Date” gleefully pokes fun at the mishaps and mistakes of blind dates while offering hope that there could be that one perfect moment.

Tickets are available at our online box office or by calling 701.777.2587.


Production Information

Production Team:

  • Directed and choreographed by Emily Wirkus
  • Music Director and Conductor: Justin Montigne
  • Music Director: Ling Lo
  • Costume Design: Kylie McDonald
  • Costume Design: Averie Eixenberger
  • Scenic & Lighting Design: Brad Reissig
  • Sound Design and Technical Direction: Patrick Reading


  • Aaron: Jace Toutenhoofd
  • Casey: Ella Henry
  • Waiter: Camden Gifford
  • Woman 1: Lexi Mull
  • Woman 2: Anissa Oveson
  • Man 1: Tacy Crawford
  • Man 2: Kira Hartman


  • Keyboard: Ling Lo
  • Keyboard: Kaden Dowling
  • Reeds: Isaac Anderson
  • Guitar: Ketina Francois
  • Guitar: David Hysjulien
  • Drums: Zachary Shereck
  • Reeds and Bass: Maya Zepeda

Production Staff

  • Production Stage Manager: Payton Bergman
  • Stage Managers: Skylar Mack, Kyle Froelich and Sean McNulty
  • Dance, Fight and Intimacy Captain: Tacy Crawford
  • Technical Director: Grace Rhoads
  • Properties Lead: Gloria Knudson
  • Scene Shop Assistants: Ariel Long, Grace Rhoads, Gloria Knudson and Jenna Lester
  • Costume Shop Manager: Kylie McDonald
  • Costume Shop Manager: Jolene Schmitz
  • Costume Shop Staff: Tacy Crawford, Averie Eixenberger, Olivia Partin, Anissa Oveson and Zamzam Ulow
  • Wardrobe Head: Zamzam Ulow
  • Light Board Operator: Alex Brady
  • Master Electrician: Alex Brady
  • Lighting Crew: Raegan Kraft, Emily Marr, Eliana Cole, Ji Hyun Won, Kyle Froehlich and Olivia Partin
  • Box Office Manager: Melanie Dougan
  • Box Office Staff: Anna Jones, Taqwa Ali, Teryn Jaworski and Sevi Saunar-Lahr
  • House Manager: Ilanora Peterson
  • Office Assistant: Ellie Reinert
  • Online Publicity: Jace Toutenhoofd
  • Publicity Design: Brad Reissig
  • Special Thanks: Students of THEA 110 and 270