WINCHESTER – Relationships have their ups and downs.

Sometimes they can flourish into something special that can last for the rest of your life, other times they can degrade into heartbreak and turmoil – and you can never predict which one it’s going to be.

A rising novelist and an aspiring actress might seem like the perfect relationship, both romantic and professional, but as the Old Town Hall’s next production, The Last Five Years, will show, it’s anything but that.

The upcoming musical will follow a relationship between Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt that started with love at first sight, but then deteriorates into a broken marriage with an interesting narrative style. Half the story will be told in reverse from Hiatt’s point of view and the other half will be told chronologically from Wellerstein’s point of view. This narrative style will give an interesting outlook on each stage of the relationship with Hiatt starting where the relationship ended and Wellerstein starting where the relationship began.

The play will star only two musically talented actors. Dundas County Players alumnus James Casselman will portray the budding novelist while recent Carleton University graduate Michelle Gendron will portray the aspiring actress.

“This two-character show is beautiful, touching, and truly unique”, said Lauren Casselman, the play’s director. “The songs range from comic numbers to reflective ballads, and bring together incredibly talented musicians and actors.  You don’t want to miss it.”

There will be three shows in total that will take place at 7:30 pm on Fri., May 18, Sat., May 19 and Sun., May 20 at Winchester’s Old Town Hall. Tickets can be purchased for $15 by calling or texting 613-227-1816.

Michelle Gendron will portray aspiring actress, Cathy Hiatt. Gendron recently finished her Bachelor of Music at Carleton University, majoring in musical theatre vocal performance. James Casselman, meanwhile, portrays the rising novelist, Jaime Wellerstein. He was previously seen as Frollo in KYMTC’s production of Hunchback of Notre Dame and as Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde the Musical. Courtesy photos