Popular musical set to open in cultural center theatre

Jasmine Bosler and Heath Kluemper play the young couple in the upcoming production of “The Last Five Years” by the Actors Community Theatre. The show opens Thursday, December 2, and will play through Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.

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.

Heath Kluemper plays Jamie Wellerstein in the Actors Community Theatre production “The Last 5 Years.” The show opens Thursday, December 2, and will play through Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.

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.

Jasmine Bosler plays Cathy Hiatt in the Actors Community Theatre production “The Last 5 Years.” The show opens Thursday, December 2, and will play through Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.