Pursued By Bear’s First Date cast announced

Following the success of their recent production of tick, tick…BOOM!, Pursued by Bear will present the professional Australian premiere of recent Broadway musical, First Date, in Melbourne this September.

A show for anyone who has ever experienced the awkwardness, undeniable thrill or absolute trauma of a blind set-up, the setting of Pursued By Bear’s First Date has been moved from New York to the streets of Melbourne.  

When dating rookie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy Fitzroy 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 exe’s and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, tapas and potential conversational land mines.

Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the bill arrives?

Pursued by Bear have assembled an impressive cast to bring this story to life, led by Rebecca Hetherington and Jordon Mahar.

Rounding out the busy ensemble cast are Nicole Melloy (Jersey Boys), Danielle O’Malley (South Pacific), Caleb Jago Ward (The Ten Tenors), Stephen Valeri (Peppa Pig Live!) and Daniel Cosgrove (Dogfight).

Directed by Mark Taylor (John and Jen), First Date plays at Chapel off Chapel from 2 – 11 September for nine shows only.

Rebecca Hetherington


Rebecca started her career at a young age playing Tessie in GFO’s Annie, Dinah in TPC’s High Society, and in Opera Australia’s La Boheme. Prior to Graduating from WAAPA (2014) she performed as Dionne in Hair, Rosalia in West Side Story), and Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along.

Earlier this year, Rebecca toured to Brisbane as an ensemble member in the Australian premier of Heathers, and is currently touring Melbourne and Sydney playing the role of Heather McNamara.

In April, she thoroughly enjoyed performing as an ensemble member and swing for Pursued By Bear’s production of Tick, tick… BOOM! She is so thrilled to now be a part of First Date, and can’t wait to get started.

Jordon Mahar


Originally from Wollongong, Jordon is a proud graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Music Theatre. Jordon has worked with SMA Productions in Night of Nights, Bridge Aid and Opera in the Paddock.

Jordon’s VCA credits include McQueen in Urinetown, Unemployment Man in L’il Abner, Burrs in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, and most recently Julian Marsh in 42nd Street.

He was also a writer and performer in the musical play Among Us, as part of Mongrel/2015. In 2015, Jordon was selected as a soloist for Grateful – a concert celebrating the music of John Bucchino. Jordon was involved in Matthew Lee Robinson’s New Voices 2016. Jordon is also currently working on a new Australian musical called Einstein: The Master of the Universe, playing Neils Bohr. The show will have it’s world premiere in mid 2016.

Nicole Melloy
Woman 1
Danielle O'Malley
Woman 2
Caleb Jago Ward
Man 1
Daniel Cosgrove
Man 2
Stephen Valeri
Man 3

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