Goshen Players
Goshen Players, Inc.
PO Box 63
Goshen, CT 06756
Day: 860.496.4277
Box Office/Theatre: 860.491.9988

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GOSHEN PLAYERS PRESENTS
“FIRST DATE”
Good Ones, Bad Ones – When will it be the Last One?
March 31 - April 9, 2017
March 31, April 1, 7, & 8, 2017 at 8:00 PM
April 2 & 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM
book by Austin Winsberg and music
and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner

Goshen Players, Inc. will present the musical comedy “First Date” with book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner at Old Goshen Town Hall at 2 North Street, at the Rotary junction of Routes 4 and 63, Goshen, CT for six performances over two weekends starting March 31st, 2017.

Aaron is a "blind date virgin," while Casey has been on more than her fair share. When the two are set up by a mutual friend, sparks fly—or do they? The night unfolds over the course of this couple's hilarious first date, and it's not without its share of surprises in the form of imaginary visits from Aaron's ex-girlfriend, Casey's uptight sister, the pair's protective parents and even their future son! Google background checks, awkward pauses and bailouts are all there during this unforgettable first encounter between two romantics, who just might be perfect for each other. Or not.

“First Date” follows the real-time thoughts and experiences of Casey and Aaron as they meet for the first time. Set up by mutual friends, this blind date is a first for Aaron, while Casey has been around this block more than once. The couple, however, is never really alone, as they are joined in the form of imaginary visits by everyone from Aaron’s ex-girlfriend, Casey’s uptight sister, their meddling grandparents, “helpful” friends and even one theoretical offspring!

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The cast of characters numbers twenty-two but is portrayed by seven incredibly talented actors. Only Emily Diedrich (Casey) of Middlebury and Rob Girardin (Aaron) of Southington have the “luxury” of playing only one role. All twenty of the others are played by Katie Brunetto of Litchfield, Jackie De Maio of Glastonbury, Joe Guttadauro of Litchfield, Eric Lindblom of Bristol and Jimmy Donohue of Vernon. They are ably directed by Dan Checovetes of Southington, assisted by John Ozerhoski of Torrington with Eric Wilczak of Torrington acting as stage manager. Also from Torrington are Music Director Jim Luurtsema and Sound Designer Joe McCann.

Southington resident Rob Girardin brings us Aaron, the blind date “virgin”. He has been seen as the title role in “The Buddy Holly Story” at Landmark Community Theatre, as Captain Walker in “Tommy” at Angeloria Arts and as Doctor Madden in “Next to Normal” at the Warner. Rob joins the Goshen Players for the first time for this role.

Emily Diedrich portrays Casey, for whom this is blind date not a first. She has been recently seen on stage as Tood in “Cover of Life” at the Phoenix Stage Company, Roxie in Chicago at Landmark Community Theatre and as multiple hilarious characters with Aspen Dreams Productions. This too, is Emily’s first role with Goshen.

Eric Lindblom has a blast playing three characters in this production.  He will be recognized by local audiences from his Warner main stage performances as Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast,” Sherriff Ed Earl Dodd in “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and Cornelius Hack in “Hello Dolly.”

Another incredibly talented, familiar face and voice returns to Goshen in the person of Katie Brunetto. Portraying five characters in this piece, Brunetto is well known in the area. Recent roles in which she has delighted audiences include Sherrie in “Rock of Ages” at the Warner, the title role in “Mary Poppins” at Landmark Community Theatre and Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors” at Goshen Players.

Joining in the multi-character fun is Joe Guttadauro of Litchfield. Joe has had plenty of practice in past shows for this production in which he plays four characters. Recent roles have included Cookie in “Nice Work if You Can Get It” at the Warner, Patsy in “Spamalot” at Landmark Community Theatre and Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” at St. Catherine’s Players in Greenwich.

Jackie De Maio also brings us numerous characters in this production. Hailing from Glastonbury, Jackie has recently been seen as Little Sally in “Urinetown; The Musical,” Ilse in “Spring Awakening” and Linda in “The Wedding Singer.”  A recent graduate of the University of Delaware, this is her first production with Goshen Players.

Rounding out this remarkable ensemble is the very talented Jimmy Donohue of Vernon. Jimmy was last seen on the Goshen stage as Seymour in the hit musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors.”  Equally memorable was his Goshen portrayal of William Barfee in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a role he has reprised at both the New Britain Repertory and Seven Angels. He also portrayed Sister Mary Amnesia in “Nunsense – A-Men” at the Craig Castle Players.

This production is ably directed by Dan Checovetes of Southington with music direction by Jim Luurtsema of Torrington. Both are well known and widely respected in the area with too many theatre credits to list. Luurtsema is most often seen directing or playing at Landmark Community Theatre, the Warner or Goshen Players. Checovetes is the technical director at the Little Theatre in Manchester and most recently directed “Heathers, The Musical” at Landmark Community Theatre Student Theatre.

Assisting Checovetes and Luurtsema is John Ozerhoski of Torrington. Best known for the long-running Saturday morning radio show, “Backstage with Johnny O”, Ozerhoski has been extremely active in the local theatre scene for more than 20 years. He is thrilled to be directing Goshen Players’ production of “Sylvia” by AR Gurney in June of this year.

First Date” will be presented on March 31st, April 1st, 7th and 8th at 8:00 pm and April 2nd and 9th at 3:00 pm. All tickets for the cabaret style seating are reserved and cost $25. Tickets can be purchased at www.goshenplayers.org or by calling the Box Office at 860.491.9988 and leaving a message for call back. Early reservations are recommended as Cabaret Seating is limited.
The production is presented by special arrangement with Rogers & Hammerstein Theatricals.

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Goshen Players, Inc. is a 501©3 not-for-profit
organization based in Goshen, CT.

They have presented quality musicals in the Old Goshen Town Hall
annually since 1949, expanding their season to include straight plays in 2005.

The venue for their productions, the Old Goshen Town Hall,
was purchased from the town in 2004.
Major updates and renovations to that space continue.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Goshen Players, Inc.
PO Box 63
Goshen, CT 06756
Day: 860.496.4277
Box Office/Theatre: 860.491.9988