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Audition for the 2024 Season of the New Jewish Theatre

First Date

Audition appointments are open to both members of Actors’ Equity Association and non-equity members.  Non-equity actors are invited to email their headshot/resume to Auditions will be held at 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146 in the Wool Studio Theatre of the J’s Arts and Education Building.

Audition Dates:
Monday, April 29, 6pm-10pm
Tuesday, April 30, 6pm-10pm
Callbacks: May 4, 10am-2pm

Personnel in attendance:
Lee Anne Matthews, Director
Larry D. Pry, Music Director
Rebekah Scallet, Artistic Driector

Preparation: a brief cut of an upbeat, contemporary song, *Please be prepared with a comic or character song if requested

For appointments, please contact Hannah Ryan at or by calling 314-442-3283 between 10am-2pm M-F

First Date Production Details

Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, Book by Alan Zachary
Directed by Lee Anne Matthews
Musical Director Larry D. Pry

Description: 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 high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own 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?

First Rehearsal: Monday, October 28
Opening: Thursday, November 21
Closing: Sunday, December 8

Character Descriptions:

Casey: Mezzo-Soprano, Late 20s-30s She is daring, bold, and sure of herself, at least outwardly.

Aaron: Tenor, Late 20s-30s Jewish investment banker on his first blind date. Struggles to feel comfortable with himself and his surroundings.

Man #1: Baritone, (Jewish Chorus, Gabe, Edgy British Guy) 20s – 40s;  GABE is Aaron’s overconfident best friend.  Edgy British Guy is a bad boy from Casey’s past

Woman #1: Mezzo-Soprano, (Grandma Ida, Lauren, Aaron’s Mother) 20s-40s,  LAUREN is Casey’s (somewhat) happily married sister, GRANDMA IDA is Aaron’s deceased Jewish grandmother

Man #2: Tenor, (Reggie, Aaron’s Future Son, Edgy Rocker Guy) 20s – 30s, REGGIE is Casey’s best friend.  EDGY ROCKER is a bad boy from Casey’s past. Aaron and Casey’s FUTURE SON is a premonition of the future. Raps.

Woman #2: Mezzo Soprano, (Allison, Jewish Chorus, Others) Late 20s-30s, ALLISON: Aaron’s ex-fiancé.

Man #3: Baritone, (Waiter, Casey’s Father, Friendly Therapist) 30s-50s.

Additional Information:

Rehearsals for all productions will be held Saturday-Thursday, with Friday as the night off. Exact rehearsal times TBD for each play, but a typical schedule is 6-10pm on weeknight and 10am-2pm on weekends.

Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, unless otherwise denoted.

Non-equity actors are paid a stipend of $800. Actors also receive a free pass to use the gym facilities at the J during their contract.

We encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages as well as performers with disabilities to audition. NJT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All actors and production personnel must have current COVID-19 vaccinations.

Volunteer with the New Jewish Theatre

We are always looking for ushers and other volunteers to help with our productions. If you’d like to volunteer, please get in contact with Laura Newman at

About the New Jewish Theatre

The J is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The J will recruit, hire, train, and promote people in all job classifications without regard to race, color, marital status, religion (unless religion is a bona fide occupational qualification), national origin, age, disability or history of disability (except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement and the individual is not able to perform the essential functions of the position even with reasonable accommodations), or sex (unless gender is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state and local law.

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Ticket and information hotline: 314-442-3283
Artistic Director, Rebekah Scallet
Production Manager, Sean Seifert
Box Office Manager, Hannah Ryan