FIRST DATE to Open at Footlighters, Inc.

PrintJust in time for Valentine’s Day, Footlighters Inc. will open the hilarious musical comedy First Date on Thursday, February 14th, 2019. Directed by longtime director Jerry Wiesenhahn, this production will take place at The Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York Street in Newport, Kentucky.

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious evening of dinner and possible romance. As the date unfolds, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening- their inner critics take on a life of their own as other restaurant patrons transform into friends, relatives, and exes who all have opinions regarding how the evening is going. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?

First Date marks Jerry Wiesenhahn’s directorial return to Footlighters after choreographing last year’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Previously at Footlighters he directed Little Women, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and served as choreographer for How to Succeed in Business Without Trying.  Other directing projects in Cincinnati have included Young Frankenstein, Inherit the Wind, and Around the World in 80 Days, which will represent the state of Ohio in April 2019 at the Region III AACTFest in Kokomo, IN.


  • Thursday-Saturday, February 14-16 at 8pm
  • Sunday, February 17 at 2pm
  • Thursday-Saturday, February 21-23 at 8pm
  • Sunday, February 24 at 2pm
  • Wednesday- Saturday, February 27- March 2 at 8pm

Tickets: $22 each and are available at (859) 652-3849 or

The Footlighters, Inc. has been producing quality community theater shows in the Greater Cincinnati area for over 54 years. The group was established in 1963 by a small group of community theater volunteers who wanted to bring theater opportunities to the west side of Cincinnati. In 1987, the group bought the Salem United Methodist Church in Newport and transformed it into The Stained Glass Theatre. The theater is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Kentucky landmark. In September of 2018, Footlighters added an ADA ramp to the front of their building to complement the elevator installed in September of 2017, allowing access for all patrons with limited mobility. For more information, please visit or become a friend on Facebook



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