Toowoomba couple Shannon and Justin will be taking on the roles of Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a budding novelist, respectively. In the production, Cathy retells the marriage from their divorce, and Jamie retells it from when they first met. During the performance, the pair meet only once, at the time of their wedding.
“The Last 5 Years has played internationally to great acclaim, originating in Chicago and spawning further productions off-Broadway in New York, as well as London’s West End. In 2014, Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan starred in the film adaptation,” Shannon said.
“We really pour our blood, sweat and tears into this show and use our own spark and chemistry to enhance the comedy-drama, which gives the audience further insight into this powerful story.”
Shannon and Justin first met on set of The Empire Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical in 2015. They’ve since starred in other productions such as Wicked and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Shannon has a long history of entertaining, beginning performing at four and possessing a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. Justin has toured internationally with Raw Metal Dance Company. Part of the Empire Theatre’s Homegrown Series, the production includes an entirely local crew. The production is musically directed by Morgan Chalmers, and uses Angela Ponting’s set design.
The production will be performed four times across 28 to 30 September. Tickets are available at the Empire Theatre Box Office or here.
Read more about Empire Theatre’s 2017 season here.