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Feb. 16 & 17 – The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years made its Off-Broadway debut in 2001, and earned Jason Robert Brown a Drama Desk Award for Best New Musical. It also won the hearts of its many fans, spawning a revival in 2013, as well as being made into a feature film in 2014, starring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick. The show is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy telling her story backwards, while Jamie tells his story chronologically; the two characters are only on stage together once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

“The show, in essence, is seven solos and one duet,” said director Jason Kruger . “Since we will not be featuring the actors on stage together very much, it is vitally important for the audience that the story be very clear, and the relationship between the characters be at the forefront of their minds.” Kruger continued, stating the show was not going to be presented as a sappy melodrama of men vs women, nor is the production going to ask the audience to pick sides. “We want everyone who watches the piece to try and do what the characters will not, which is hear both voices. This is a universal story featuring some very flawed characters. It is through their flaws that we see the beauty, and tragedy, of the relationship.”

Musically, Texas Light Opera (TLO) board president Nicole Erwin stated that the actors have their work cut out for them. “Jason Robert Brown’s score is the driving force of the piece, and honoring the music while telling such a compelling story is going to be very difficult, but I believe we have the right people for the job.”

The production will mark the first of the 2018 season for TLO & ARIA, and there are more on the horizon. “With any luck,” Erwin concluded, “this will be the start of a wonderful partnership with these theatres, and we will continue to be able to bring our work, and share our stories with this broader community. This is a stepping stone for us, and we cannot wait to see the results of this endeavor.”

Show times are 8:00 p.m. each night. General Admission tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Senior Citizens 65 and over, those with Military ID’s and Students 16 and under will be admitted for $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door and are available at Gift and Gourmet, Keepers, the Seguin Area Chamber or by calling (830) 372-6168, (830) 379-6382 or online by clicking below.

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