Emotionally powerful. Intimate. Two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Cathy, tells her story backwards; Jamie tells his chronologically. They meet once: at their wedding in the middle of the show. And did we mention the music? Breathtaking. Opening Thursday at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center. Tickets: www.memorialauditorium.org or 620-231-7827.
By MJ Harper, Director
I was first introduced to The Last 5 Years in college at PSU during a NATS competition. I immediately fell head over heels in love with Jason Robert Brown's raw, emotional writing.
As a vocalist, lyrics generally affect me first, but the orchestration of strings and piano struck a chord with me, too. But one of my favorite things about this show isn't just the music — it's that the story is realistic. Neither Jamie nor Cathy are perfect people. Both of them contribute to the development as well as the destruction of their relationship.
Audiences will be able to buy in to this story because even if they've never been in a relationship, they've seen someone close to them go through these same or similar struggles. Mason (Jamie) and Kristina (Cathy) have such a natural chemistry on stage, and their voices fit like puzzle pieces. They're both full of charisma and charm separately, and once they finally get on stage at the same time in the same time, the real stage magic begins.
Additionally, we have an ensemble cast of nine that help to further the plot and scenes. They really add that extra level of spice and character to these scenes. Audiences should expect to have their heart strings plucked, torn, and sewn back together.
There will be no intermission, so be sure to grab yourself an extra drink at our bar in the lobby to get you through this emotional roller-coaster. As the introduction of the PCT "After Dark" series, be prepared for a mature show that deals with the mature events in a relationship set in the very real now.
Tickets are on sale now at www.memorialauditorium.org. Please plan to join us for this show.
Hold on to your purple top hats! We're planning a golden ticket giveaway leading up to “Willy Wonka” in July!
It will begin Monday, and each week through July 15, we'll draw names for a total of five golden ticket winners — just like in the book and film on which the play is based.
Each week, we'll share clues to that week's mystery location via our social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Fans will have through Friday of that week to visit the mystery location and add their names to the jar.
At week's end, Willy Wonka will visit the mystery location and draw the name of one lucky winner, which we'll reveal via Facebook Live.
Each of the five winners will receive two premium tickets to the show of their choosing, a tethered hot air balloon ride near Memorial Auditorium before the show, a goody basket filled with candies and treats, a copy of the book "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory," backstage passes, and photos on stage with the cast.
Who will be the lucky five?!
Auditions for Pittsburg Community Theatre's musical, "Willy Wonka," will be held at 7 p.m. May 22 and May 23 at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine. Attendance at both nights is not necessary.
Director Jason Huffman encourages those planning to audition to visit the PCT website at www.pctinfo.orgfor specific casting requirements, show details, and to fill out an audition application in advance of the audition.
The website also includes a rehearsal calendar and sample tracks from the musical. "Willy Wonka" will be produced July 20-23.
You asked for it, you got it! A glimpse at our first show of the season, "13," the high-energy musical directed by Greg Shaw that opens Friday at Memorial Auditorium in Downtown Pittsburg. Details: www.pctinfo.org. Tickets: www.memorialauditorium.org
Labels. Trying to fit in. Comedy. High-energy choreography. A terrific rock score by a live band. What's not to like? The Broadway musical "13" opens to the public tomorrow!
The curtain went up this morning for area schools driving several hundred students in from miles around for the chance to hear and see this performance.
Tickets may be purchased at www.memorialauditorium.org, by calling 620-231-7827, or at the box office during business hours and an hour before the show. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday!
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