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Second Weekend Notes

The Last Five Years closed yesterday in the middle of a rather substantial rainstorm. About 30 brave souls came down to see it anyway, putting a nice coda on a pretty good run, especially considering I accidentally scheduled the run to coincide with just about every April holiday (Easter, Passover, Patriot’s Day) and even school vacation week. Lesson learned; April is a tough month to put on a show.

While The Last Five Years was apparently an artistic success, we were not lucky enough to break even. We’re going to need to come up with another $2,500 before we can realistically put on another show. So, once again, I’m going to ask people to please consider donating to us through Fractured Atlas.  It’s tax-deductible (as much as the law allows) and it really helps.

I’m compiling a list of possible shows for our next production. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • Maltby and Shire’s Starting Here, Starting Now
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • I Do! I Do!
  • A… My Name Is Alice 
  • Zombie Prom (just kidding)

I’m open to any suggestions you might have; you can always email me at and send me your thoughts and opinions, sign up for our audition or mailing list, or just say hello. Meantime, it’s time to close and put the music box away, and look forward to the next production. Thanks again to everyone who helped make The Last Five Years so special.

Best regards,
Jesse Strachman

First Weekend Notes

The Last 5 Years opened Thursday, April 5. We only had a few people attending on that day, but then we nearly sold out the show for the next two evenings (Friday and Saturday night). Unfortunately, apparently everyone had plans for Easter Sunday, so once again only a few people showed up. However, one thing was quite clear: anyone who saw the show seemed to absolutely love it. A couple of people even blogged about it here. A few excerpts for those who’re interested:

“…the performers did a fine job with such difficult material.”
— timote316

“I also encourage everyone to go see L5Y. The performers are top-notch.”
— jsand25

I have no idea who these people are, for the record, but I agree; the cast of this show amazes me more every night.

Maybe the people I spoke with after the show were just being nice to me because I’m the director, but the feedback has been great. That means next weekend’s performances are likely to sell out very quickly. I know for a fact that a number of the people who came this past weekend are coming back next weekend, and this time they’re bringing friends. So, I highly recommend reserving your tickets now if you can.

I’ve been asked a lot lately, what is your next show going to be? Well, I have a few options in mind, but I’m curious to know what your thoughts are. Can you think of a wonderful show that says something about how we connect to each other, and is small enough to fit in a black box? Song cycles and new works are eligible for consideration as well. Send your thoughts to .

Also, I’m going to try to update this blog more frequently as we wind to a close with The Last 5 Years. I’m hoping that we’ll have some reviews to quote in the near future, and maybe I’ll be able to offer some retrospection on what it’s been like to start my own theater company and direct for the first time. And hey, is there anyone out there reading this? Send in your questions, and perhaps I’ll answer them in my next post.

Until next time,
Jesse Strachman
Producing Artistic Director
Blue Spruce Theatre

Last Five Years Cast

Wow, what a whirlwind! We’ve cast The Last Five Years and we’re almost ready to start rehearsals. Thanks so much to everyone who came to audition. It was truly a delight to see so many talented individuals, and everyone was so patient and nice to us. Unfortunately, there are only two parts in the play. I found myself wishing I could run more than one production of this show simultaneously, but in the end, we faced the difficult decision of narrowing it down to just two individuals. Drum roll please!

The role of Cathy will be played by Alyson Van De Giesen, and the role of Jamie will be played by Jeffrey Prescott. Thanks again to everyone who came down to the Watertown Middle School to audition, and to those who volunteered to help run auditions. Special thanks to Abby Cordell, whose space we invaded for three straight days.

I went down to the Arsenal Center today to meet with the box office manager (Todd Hall, who was extremely helpful, by the way) about the ticket arrangements, so I’m hoping that we can have tickets on sale in the near future. So, stay tuned for more information about that.

We may still need some help on the production team. I know that we still need a house manager, and we may need some help with costumes. If you know of anyone who might be willing to give us a hand in either of those tasks, or you’re interested in ushering, please contact us.

Not much else to report just yet, but stay tuned; there’s more to come!