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FIRST DATE Runs Feb. 14-March 2

Footlighters Inc.
Feb. 14-March 2
Stained Glass Theatre [Newport]

Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn
Music directed by Alan Masters
Vocal direction by Xan Jeffery
Produced by Amanda Emmons Shumate & Alan Masters

Cast: Farley Norman as Aaron, Kristin Schisler as Casey, Gregory Shaffer as Man 1, Matt Santeler as Man 2, BJ Simpson as Man 3, Katelyn Reid as Woman 1 & Katie McCarthy Woman 2

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into an uproarious high-stakes dinner when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers, and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? This production contains adult language may not be suitable for all audiences.

  • Thu-Sat, Feb. 14-16 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 17 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Feb. 21-23 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 24 at 8pm
  • Wed-Sat, Feb. 27-March 2

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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 FootlightersTickets@gmail.com.

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 www.footlighters.org or become a friend on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Footlighters-Inc/287519888305.


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2019-2020 Season Titles Announced for Footlighters Inc.

fli_logoAt last Friday’s New Year’s Party, more information was announced for Footlighters upcoming season.

Previously announced:

Sept. 2019
Directed by Robert Weidle
Music directed by Alan Masters
Choreographed by Robert Fields

Newly announced:

Dec. 2019
Directed by Dan Maloney

Directed by Jim Curtis
Feb. 2020

TBA (Rights not yet secured)
Directed by Gina Kleesattel
May 2020



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Ticket Discount Announced for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Footlighters Inc.

FLI_Peter and the Star Catcher promo

Kevin Breslin as Boy (Peter) & Laura Friedmann as Molly Aster.

As if you needed another reason to come see the clever, highly inventive play PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Footlighters, we’re now giving you one more reason! If you buy a ticket for this Wednesday or Thursday’s performances, you will get your second ticket for half price! Just use the code “HOOK” online or when you call the box office to get your discounted tickets! This is only good for Wednesday December 12th or Thursday December 13th, and it is only good for new sales only- no refunds on existing tickets. Do not miss this enchanting story- fun for all kids aged 10-110!

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Footlighters Ticket Line at (859) 652-3849 or online at http://www.footlighters.org.

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Cast Announced for CHICAGO at Footlighters, Inc.

FLI_logoFootlighters is proud to announce our cast of CHICAGO! The show runs May 9th – May 25th.

Director – Bill Geraghty
Assistant Director – Megan Horton
Music/Vocal Director – Alan Masters
Choreographer – Kyle Fisher
Producers – Laura Petracco, Freida Houck, Peggy Kenney
Costume Design – Amanda Borchers
Lighting Designer – Missi Malone
Sound Designer – Forrest Goodwin
Set Decor/Props – Jen Flinchpaugh
Production Stage Manager – Janet Wisner

Velma Kelly – Katey Blood
Roxie Hart – Kristin Schisler
Billy Flynn – Greg Good
Matron Mama Morton – Joy Rolland-Oba
Amos – Patrick Nieman
Mary Sunshine – John Sloan

Merry Murderesses:
Mona – Amanda Marasch-Brinkman
Liz – Jackie Miesle
Annie – Katie McCarthy
Hunyak – Chelsey Ross
June – Mimi Witsken

Go to Hell Kitty – Haley Stuligross
Master of Ceremonies – Chuck Ingram
Judge – Chris Tully

Female Ensemble:
Pamela Blessing, Katie Reindl, Mary Stone
Male Ensemble:
Brad Enos, Garrett Klaas, Paul Henkelman, Rick Hunt

For more information visit www.footlighters.org.

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