“The Last 5 Years” On Stage at SCRT

by: Jonathan Smith

Director: James F. Bruenger III
Stage Manager: Lizzy Gordon
Scenic Designer: Austin Allen
Costume Designer: Nicole M. Harrison
Lighting Designer: Austin Allen
Technical Director: Nathan Segers
Music Director/Pianist: Jacob Stebly
Cast: Whitney Noelle (Cathy) & Johnny Link (Jamie)

Vibrant and thought-provoking. Jason Robert Brown’s musical about a young New York couple in-love. The Last 5 Years is now captivating audiences at SCRT. Cast include Whitney Noelle as Cathy & Johnny Link as Jamie, the production is directed by James F. Bruenger III.

The musical is comprised of twelve magnificent songs, all of which demand the audience’s undivided attention in a pure musical with no booked scenes containing dialogue. The musical numbers pull from a variety of genres; jazz, classical, folk, and pop music throughout the exciting score. Each song is beautifully brought to life by the talented troupe in combination with a fantastic set, mood inducing lighting and meticulously planned choreography.

The 12-song set follows a five-year romance between an aspiring actress named Cathy and a writer named Jamie. Our Couple meet, flirt, fall in love, get married, and face struggles as both have certain dreams that take a toll on their relationship. The song ordering of the story arc makes this show unique and exhilarating story of love and tragedy; quite different from Shakespearean standards we’re familiar with. The Audience watches Cathy at the end of the 5 years moving backwards through time recalling romance & heartache while Jamie Tells us his story from the beginning until these ships passing in the night intersect briefly in the heart of the production.

Johnny Link is magnificent in the role of Jamie, capturing an innocent natured young man head over heels in love. Our male lead was wonderfully motivated & energetic while portraying the aloof cool guy. Johnny delivers a lively and entertaining performance, vocals are spot on and radiate through the small theatre.

Whitney Noelle channels the attributes of her character Cathy wonderfully – Insecure, charming, spunky, beautiful, and headstrong. Noelle’s musical numbers were incredibly moving, emotional and occasionally quite fun. The lead woman possesses the gift of expression drawing the audience into the scene emotionally.

Running time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Grounded is playing July 12th – Aug 16th At SCRT Theatre

Showtimes available at www.scrtheatre.com
Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre
131 W Main Street
Trinidad, CO 81082


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