Speed DatinG Tonight!

Words and Music by Michael Ching
Based on a concept by Dean Anthony

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March 18, 19, 20     7:30pm

Rustica Tavern (3/18 & 3/19)
315 Main Ave, Moorhead, MN 56560

Theatre B (3/20)
215 10th St N, Moorhead, MN 56560

Speed Dating Tonight! had its premiere in 2013 at the Janiec Opera of the Brevard Music Center and was produced and directed by its Artistic Director, Dean Anthony. The opera is by Michael Ching. With a defined beginning and end, the middle section of the opera consists of solos, duets, and ensembles for the daters. The number of daters is flexible as is their casting. For example, the cat lover can be male or female; high, middle, or low voice. Since 2013, Speed Dating Tonight! has been produced nearly sixty times, making it one of the most popular operas of the century. An ongoing project, the original twenty-five daters has been expanded to nearly fifty. The goal is to have a hundred options--new dates are commissioned every year. The largest production to date has had thirty-eight performers. Staged performances of the opera are licensed by the composer who can be contacted at MrBillow@juno.com.

Featuring our 2018 Gate City Bank Young Artists, this show returns for another season but with all new dates!  This hilarious one-act opera introduces you to the stereotypical daters you might expect while speed-dating:  the liar, the cheat, the drama queen, the nerd, and so on.  Some dates will be highly successful while others will fail miserably.  Regardless the outcome, you will have a good time eavesdropping to see how they turn out!

Cast & Creative Team

Music Director/Pianist - Carson Rose Schneider
Stage Director - Frederic Heringes

Kaylee, Date Coordinator - Jamie Hagen
Waitress - Anna Hashizume *
Bartender - Mark Billy *

Mark Billy *
Tylen Bultema
Isaiah Burkel
Kelly Glyptis *
Anna Hashizume *
Jianghai Ho *
Lucy Thrasher
Clark Weyrauch

* 2018 Gate City Bank Young Artist