Rec Players open new show Friday

Feb. 11, 2013 @ 09:32 PM

The two characters in this weekend’s production by the Henderson Rec Players take drastically different approaches in advancing the plot.

“It’s probably the most creatively constructed show I’ve ever seen,” said Mark Hopper, Henderson Rec Player member.

Written by Jason Robert Brown, “The Last Five Years” tells the story of the five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein (played by Brian Westbrook) and Peyton Hancock Grissom (Cassie Hiatt). The young author (who secures a book contract at age 24) and the struggling Broadway actress will reflect on each of the five years they spend juggling their relationship with their careers.

“But it’s told on a contrary timeline,” said Hopper. “He starts at the beginning of the relationship and goes forward and she starts at the end of the relationship and works her way back to the beginning. The only time they’ll interact on stage is in the middle of the show in their wedding.”

Running at around 90 minutes, the production will include a seven-piece orchestra (rhythm section and strings), playing a variety of styles of music.

The play will be staged at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents, 210 S. Chestnut St. in Henderson, from Friday through Sunday, in the great hall. It will be presented as a Valentine’s dinner theater Friday and Saturday. Tickets, at $35 each, must be purchased in advance by calling Hopper at (252) 432-6007. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. each night, with the show to follow. A matinee will be shown Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $12 each.

Proceeds from this production will go toward future shows by the Henderson Rec Players