Originally airing Friday, June 7, 2019.
The JCC Uncommoners will present The Last Five Years at the Robert Scharmann Theatre on the JCC Jamestown Campus, starting Friday, June 14. To preview this new musical we talked with director Todd Wagner.
The Scharmann Theatre stage will be converted into a black box space to host the show. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday June 14 and 15 and also Friday and Saturday June 21 and 22. In addition, two Sunday matinee performances will begin at 2 p.m. on June 16 and 23.
The Last Five Years, written by Jason Robert Brown, depicts a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (the show begins with her at the end of the relationship), and Jamie’s is told chronological order (starting after the couple has first met).
Performing as Jamie and Cathy will be Derek DeVlieger and Teal Weatherley, Skyler Schapp and Lauren Scharf, and Dylan Carlson and Vanessa Kavanaugh. Supporting cast members are Sierra Cuellar, Deatryk Silsby, and Joshua Carlson.
Directing JCC’s first ever summer theatre production is Wagner, an award winning singer, actor, and director. Wagner owns Enchante Cabaret, a professional musical theatre company that produces Broadway style original musicals.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to do something different for Jamestown and JCC,” said Wagner, who has been part of more than 80 professional shows since the age of 10. “I look forward to creating more top quality theatre productions in the area.”
Tickets are $20, general admission; $15, JCC Faculty Student Association members and senior citizens; and $10, students. Since the audience and orchestra will be on stage with the performers, seating is limited. Tickets can be obtained by calling JCC’s box office, 338.1187.
A cash bar will be available prior to performances.