Under the direction of Thomas Potter and Robin Jensen, UCF Opera performs Speed Dating Tonight! by Michael Ching.

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

This modern, comedic, one-act opera combines a variety of musical genres to explore the human desire for connection. Through each brief date, you’ll get a peek into the characters’ lives and their different approaches to dating.

UCF faculty and staff, and students from any institution with a valid ID can use the code ILOVEUCF2023 for a $5 discount.

This event is generously supported by the Thow Family Opera for Young Audiences Endowment. 

UCF Opera presents

Speed Dating Tonight!

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



Quinn (bartender): Nicolas Barth
Stephanie (waitress): Alessandra Capasso
Kaylee (event coordinator): Heather Worley

“I could just die!”
Stephanie Slagle

David Burrows

“Welcome everyone”
Heather Worley

“Getting married”
Hayley Stoff

“Famous family”
Sanju Ebanks

“If not now, when?” (Trio)
Sam Hooker, Samantha Perez, & Caroline Smith

“Pat the bassoonist”
Kol Ball

Madison Rost

“Combat photographer”
Braxton Barr

“Love me, love my cats”
Sam Hooker

“Campaign consultant”
Hayley Stoff

“Liar exposed” (Duet)
Braxton Barr & Isis Bermúdez Rivera

“I’m feeling pretty awkward”
Stephanie Slagle

“My lover died”
Sanju Ebanks

“Triathlon Dan”
Cullen Heuman

Samantha Perez

Caroline Smith

“Car Man”
Adam Barnes

“Lives at home”
Isis Bermúdez Rivera

Kol Ball

Adam Barnes & Samantha Perez

“Order up!” (Duet)
Nicolas Barth & Alessandra Capasso

Craig Milbry

“Let him go. It’s okay”
Heather Worley

“Dater interlude”
Nicolas Barth

Stephanie Slagle

“You have lovely eyes” (Duet)
Cullen Heuman & Caroline Smith

“Dilemma of Daters”
Alessandra Capasso / ALL

“OSD… Could it be? (Duet)”
Isis Bermúdez Rivera & David Burrows

“Thank you for coming”
Heather Worley



Stage Director: Thomas Potter
Music Director: Robin Jensen
Production Stage Manager: Delayna Wahlberg
Stage Manager: Matthew Patterson
Stage Manager: AJ Willis
Lighting Designer: Jon Whiteley 
Carpenter: Jessie Saum



Piano: Robin Jensen
Clarinet/Flute: Peter Bulatko
Drums/Vibraphone: Michael Mortilla
Bass: Meliari Sepulveda