Feature Story                                                                                  Sunday, August 2, 2015


Life Romance

The "Last Five Years" looks at the highs and lows of love August 6-8 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

By Thomas Davies, Secondary Characters


Tim Howe as Jamie and Katrina Barson as Cathy in The Last Five Years”. Photo by Daniel Fortin.


ontemporary Jason Robert Brown musical, The Last Five Years, is setting stage in Chilliwack after receiving a Hollywood movie makeover in 2014. Performed in the Rotary Hall Studio Theatre in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, come see this contemporary examination of the highs and lows of love, from August 6 to 9.  


The Last Five Years is told through the alternately emotionally powerful and comedic story of Cathy (Katrina Barson), a struggling actress, and Jamie (Tim Howe), a rising novelist star. These two powerhouse singers perform alternate solos throughout the show, that deconstruct the five-year relationship and marriage, from meeting to break-up – or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it.


The musical uses a unique form of storytelling. Jamie tells his side of the story from the beginning of their relationship and moves forward, while Cathy starts at the end and works backwards. The only time both characters 'meet' is at their wedding in the middle of the show.

In a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive, The Last Five Years is funny, honest, and a poignantly bold examination of the question: if loving each other isn’t enough to fix our problems, does that mean we shouldn’t try?

Director Steffi Munshaw and Musical Director Renate Rossol lead this production, which is Secondary Character’s first ever ‘Spotlight Presentation.’ Working with them is Stage Manager Thomas Smith, and Technical Designer Jamea Lister (who to be clear, does not also play Jamie!)

Tickets are available at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Box Office, phone 604-391-SHOW (7469) or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca. Tickets are $18 for adult and $15 for students/seniors. 

Special Offer: Did you attend Secondary Characters’ production of Oklahoma?  Show your tickets and save $6 per person! 

This season of theatre could not take place without the support of many partners, including: 89.5 The Drive, M.Y. Mini Storage (Gold Partners), Canex Building Supplies, Rainforest Painting (Silver Partners), MNP LLP, Dr. Simms Dental, Johnston Meier Insurance Agency, and Mertin Auto Group (Bronze Partners). Media partners are the Chilliwack Progress and the Abbotsford News.   

About Secondary Characters

Founded in 2010, Secondary Characters is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for performers of all ages to take part in a musical over the summer. Co-Artistic Directors Nicola Davies and Shelley Wojcik are excited to present their sixth year of theatre with another Rodgers & Hammerstein classic Oklahoma!, following The Sound of Music in 2012. This season is the first with a second production, featuring The Last Five Years as the Spotlight Show. Past credits include Into the Woods (2014) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2013), which was selected as the best show in Chilliwack for the year.


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