CGOA Stages presents The Last Five Years
The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association opens its 2017-2018 season with the musical “The Last Five Years.” Presented by CGOA’s Stages theatre ensemble, “The Last Five Years” is an intimate, two-person musical by Jason Robert Brown.
“The hook of the show,” said director Mark Steighner, “is that it tells the story of a romantic relationship through time, but from the woman’s perspective, the show starts at the breakup while the man’s story begins at their first meeting. Their stories only cross once: when they get married.”
With only two characters, each actor gets plenty of stage time and a wide variety of songs that cover an equally broad range of genres, from pop to jazz to a little klezmer. “There are many songs that are showstoppers from an acting and singing perspective,” Steighner added. The musical was recently released as a film starring Anna Kendrick.
The CGOA production has two casts. CGOA newcomers Michele Firsching and Noel Oishi will star on September 8, 9, and 10; while returning actors Ashly Will and William Thayer-Dougherty will lead the second weekend, September 14,15,16. All shows are at the Bingen Theatre. Tickets are available at the door and through gorgeorchestra.org. Tickets are $15 for adults (ages 18+) and $10 for students and children (10-17).
The show is rated “PG-13” for language
“The Last Five Years” kicks off a busy season of theatre and music for CGOA; details can be found on the website.