PRiMA Theatre’s current production is a blind date you actually don’t mind being on.
First Date, directed by J. Scott Lapp, follows Aaron (played by Joshua David Cavanaugh) and Casey (played by Courtney Daniels) throughout their first (blind) date at a bar. Duane Hespell, Mikey LoBalsamo and Rori Nogee each play several different roles related to the couple, stirring up hilarious and awkward drama that delivers laugh-out-loud hysterics.
I spoke with lead actors Cavanaugh and Daniels before the show, and they were confident the modern love story would be a hit with all audiences.
“The show has something for everyone: blues, rock, ballads,” Cavanaugh said. “It’s contemporary and unique and we really believe even the non-theatre goers will enjoy it. It’s a really fun show for everyone involved, both cast and audience.”
Daniels and Cavanaugh were excited to bring the show to Lancaster, and their positivity and enthusiasm for the production is visible throughout their performance. Additional cast members Hespell, LoBalsamo, and Nogee bring major laughs to the show, too.
While the music and action are great, one of the best things about the show is the venue itself.
PRiMA Theatre is currently a nomadic organization, presenting contemporary musical theatre in a variety of intimate venues. This one is no different, allowing the cast to easily take the show off the stage and bring the energy closer to the audience.
For those purchasing premium seating tickets, be prepared: some of the seating is a part of the set, so you may be a part of the show! The cast dance and sing across the theater, so there really is not a bad seat in the house.
I had the chance to meet the cast after the show at Spring House Brewery for a small after-party which made my First Date experience even more enjoyable. I was a little starstruck because I was blown away during the show, but the cast fit right in with the Lancaster crowd: cool, down-to-earth and friendly.
Full of witty banter and sarcasm-soaked songs, the show is relatable and entertaining. Like some first dates, you’re actually sad to see it end. A second date – or viewing – will definitely be in the works!