The crossing lives of a young couple set to 16 musical pieces will fill the intimate space of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center’s Black Box Theatre with the rising joy, crashing anger, and ultimate sadness of a five-year relationship this week.
Actors Community Theatre will present Jason Robert Brown’s production of ‘The Last Five Years’, a story that explores the intersecting lives of Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt.
Played by Heath Kluemper, Wellerstein is a rising novelist experiencing the joys of fame and success while Hiatt, played by Jasmine Bosler, is a struggling actress. Within 90 minutes, the audience plays witness to the couple’s tumultuous relationship through a series of 16 songs.
Kluemper, who also serves as the nonprofit’s board president, explained they chose ‘The Last Five Years’ because it is a well-known production. “This has some name recognition to it and with this being the first show in The Black Box, we knew a musical with that name recognition would be appealing to audiences,” he said.
The pair’s voices fill the small theatre with a series of fantastic songs depicting the nuances of a relationship’s rise and struggles. The audience will be moved along the journey with the couple as the intimate setting viscerally pulls you into five years of their lives.
Joshua Murrell, a long-time performer in the community theatre productions, has stepped back from the stage to take a turn at directing. This is his first time leading a production.
“It has been great,” he said about the experience adding that the team has made it an easy and fun production.
“The Last 5 Years” opens Thursday, December 2, and will play through Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 at the door or online at www.actorscommunitytheatre.com.
“The Last 5 Years” is directed and produced by Josh Murrell with stage management by Jade Marinin. Kluemper provided lighting and sound design while Sam Ruckriegel and Dmitry Marinin are credited with the set construction.