Exciting events are happening at the Arts Center this week! The annual Young Artist Series: Grade School has opened and will be in the gallery through May 9, plus this weekend we will have two performances of a musical and one performance of acoustic music by a young local singer.
The popular musical The Last Five Years, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, will be presented this Saturday and Sunday. The musical explores the five-year relationship between Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress, using a unique approach: Jamie’s story moves forward from the beginning of the relationship, while Cathy’s begins at the end and moves backward. A recently released film version starred Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
Our production is the result of the efforts of three WIU students. Director Robert Hill is pursuing a BA in directing, while Alex Watson (Jamie) and Kellie Nolan (Cathy) are both part of the Musical Theatre BFA program. All three have worked tirelessly between their classes and other shows to bring this production to life for the Arts Center. We are all very grateful to Gil Belles for underwriting the production.
The Last Five Years will be performed Saturday, May 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 3 at 2:00pm. A special performance by LaHarpe native Ashley Olin will precede Sunday’s show at 1:00pm. Ashley is also a Musical Theatre BFA student who will present a program of music titled Bloom Where You Are Planted, assisted by WIU MFA Theatre student Chris Tipp.
Tickets are $10/public; $5/students and will only be sold at the door. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 7:00pm on Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday.