June 30, 2009 -- The University of Wyoming's Snowy Range Summer Theatre and Dance Festival continues July 7-11 with "The Last Five Years," which chronicles the bittersweet love story of Jamie and Cathy.
Directed by UW Professor Leigh Selting, "The Last Five Years" will run nightly at 7:30 in the Fine Arts Center studio theatre. Tickets cost $10 for the public, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call (307) 766-6666 or go to the Web site at www.uwyo.edu/finearts.
"The Last Five Years" stars recent UW Department of Theatre and Dance graduates Chris Will and Claudine Mboligikpelani. Will plays the role of Jamie, an ambitious young writer, and Mboligikpelani plays Cathy, an aspiring actress. The two characters fall in love and get married before their relationship falls apart over the next five years.
"I'm pleased to be able to present a musical this summer, especially one with this sort of innovative structure," Selting says. "What really attracted me to the show was the idea that we see two people moving through time from different starting points. It allows audiences to know both the end and the beginning of the story. What drives the piece is the journey of these two people as they fall into and out of love."
The festival, established in 2005 as an outgrowth of UW's longstanding summer theatre program and its annual dance festival, continues throughout the summer with one additional play and three dance concerts.