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The Last Five Years
The Last Five Years

Arena Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown's

The Last Five Years

Directed by Abby Batchelor with permission from Josef Weinberger

The story explores a five-year relationship between James Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order, and Jamie's is told in chronological order. The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect.

  • Performance Dates
  • Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:30 at The Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth
  • Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:30 at Forest Arts Centre, New Milton
  • Sat, 13 Aug 2016 19:30 at The Mowlem Theatre, Swanage
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Abbie Batchelor - Auditions for The Last 5 Years      01/02/2016

Monday 29 February 7.30pm at Pokesdown Primary School
The Last 5 Years by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a Shiksa Goddess struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
Jamie Wellerstein
Actor must play 21 – 30
Baritone / Tenor
Self involved, confident and sweet. Large range required, a strong falsetto preferably and must be sung in an American accent.
Cathy Hiatt
Actor must play 19 – 30
Mezzo soprano / Soprano
Sweet, funny and confident. Actor must be able to convey a wide range of emotion and tone. Must be sung in American accent.
Possibility for small ensemble who will sing and dance.
Please bring a backing track / instrumental for your audition songs. If mp3, please bring device and leave in a state to be connected to a speaker via aux cable. Sheet music will not be played.
For Jamie – Please prepare a song from any musical which will show a large range of both pitch and emotion. Musical examples – Book of Mormon, American Idiot, Spring awakening, We will rock you etc. MUST BE SUNG IN AMERICAN ACCENT
For Cathy – Please prepare a song from any musical which will show a good use of belting, soft tones and emotion. Musical examples – Spring awakening, Avenue Q, Miss Saigon, Chess etc. MUST BE SUNG IN AMERICAN ACCENT.
There will be a group exercise based audition for singing, please dress comfortably and bring water as needed.

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