March 25 – 28
The Last Five Years
Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown
Originally Produced for the New York Stage by Arielle Tepper and Marty Bell
Originally produced by Northlight Theatre, Chicago, IL
The Last Five Years is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
Streaming is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) New York, NY. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.
March 25 – 7:30 p.m.
March 26 – 7:30 p.m.
March 27 – 7:30 p.m.
March 28 – 2:00 p.m.
$5 General Admission
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Brietta Goodman is a transferring junior, and this is her debut main stage production at USM. She would like to thank everyone for this wonderful opportunity. She was previously an understudy for USM’s production of The Revolutionists.
Morgan Baker is a third year M.F.A. Acting candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi. Past shows at USM include Much Ado About Nothing, Cabaret, and Guys and Dolls.
Natalie Davis is a sophomore B.F.A. Performance Major, and also a Dance Major. Previous roles at USM include the Emerging Artists Series, Guys and Dolls, and Describe the Night. She has had previous roles of Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Brooke in Noises Off, and Elena in an M.F.A. showcase, The Purification by Tennessee Williams. She feels so blessed to be able to work with such a wonderful cast on such a special show.
Creative Team //
Sam Buchanan is a third year M.F.A. directing student. At USM Sam directed the 2020 productions of Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night and Robert Icke’s Oresteia. He was the AD for 2018’s production of Cabaret, and I Hate Hamlet. Other directing credits include Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll & Hyde, William McNulty’s Dracula, and David Auburn’s Proof.
Originally from Chattanooga, Jax Wright graduated with his B.A. in Theatre from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Currently, he is a first year graduate student in the M.F.A. Program and the Paint Shop Supervisor for the 2020-21 season. The Last Five Years is Jax’s first main stage scenic design at USM. He is very excited to share his art with an online audience. Some of his other design credits include The Servant of Two Masters (OU), The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play (USM), and Composition Design for Watson and Describe the Night (USM) for which he will present at the KCACTF National Competition.
Matt Snellgrove is a senior in the B.F.A. Theatre Design and Technology program with a focus in costume design. His credits include co-designing costumes for USM’s We’re Still Here, designing William Carey’s The Light in the Piazza, and assistant designing shows such as the USM 2020 Revelry Dance Gala, Guys and Dolls, and Oresteia. He has additionally worked for both Southern Arena Theatre and Carey Dinner Theatre as an assistant costume designer.
Hair and Makeup Design
Mason is a junior undergraduate at USM, pursuing a B.F.A. Theatre (Design and Tech) with an emphasis on costume design as well as a certificate in Apparel Construction and Design. His previous work includes Costume Designer for Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists, Assistant Costume Designer for Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean.
Tristan King is a first year Lighting and Sound Design M.F.A. candidate. Previous designs include The Revolutionists and Describe the Night.
Allison Bucher is a Junior pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Last Five Years is her third production with the University of Southern Mississippi. Her previous credits include The Revolutionists for lighting design and The Wolves for sound design.
Production Stage Manager
Hagan Harkins is currently a junior, double majoring in Computer Science and Theater, with the primary focus being interactive computing and themed entertainment. She is so excited to be working on this production, and having the opportunity to utilize both of her distinct skill sets. Her previous credits include working as costume designer on Blithe Spirit and The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Slidell Little Theater, and performing in We’re Still Here. Hagan has also been an undergraduate assistant for THE 115 twice and is excited for all the other opportunities that await her on her journey through the department.
This is Jay Morris’ second year as Technical Director and Assistant Professor at USM. Previously he has worked as the Technical Director for University of Memphis Opera Department, The Honeywell Foundation in Wabash, Indiana, and Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN. He has also been the Assistant Technical Director for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and Butler University. M.F.A. ’19 University of Memphis, B.A. ’99 Indiana University.
Daniel (Danny) Buchanan is a recent graduate of USM’s music department. He participated in qinternational tours with the USM’s Southern Chorale, as a bass singer, to Jamaica, Sweden, Norway, and South Korea. He also sang world and North American premiers of choral works during his time with the USM choral department. The Last Five Years will be his musical directing debut since graduating in May of 2020.
A native Taiwanese pianist, Ms. Yuan-Hung Lin has developed her musical career across Europe and the United States. Ms. Lin is a solo and collaborate pianist, having collaborated with Mississippi Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, and Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera for their musical and opera productions. Ms. Lin is currently a freelance pianist residing in Mississippi.
Production Credits //
Production Manager and Technical Director
This is Jay Morris’ second year as Technical Director and Assistant Professor at USM. Previously he has worked as the Technical Director for University of Memphis Opera Department, The Honeywell Foundation in Wabash, Indiana, and Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN. He has also been the Assistant Technical Director for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and Butler University. MFA ’19 University of Memphis, BA ’99 Indiana University.
Voice and Dialect Coach
Robin Aronson (Vocal Coach) is a Professor of Voice and Acting in Theatre at Southern Miss and has served as the vocal dialect coach for the past eighteen years for the Southern Miss Theatre main stage productions. As a Lessac Voice and Body Certified Trainer, Robin recently engaged in international practice-based research, leading Lessac voice and body workshops at the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) and Ateneo Del Manila University. In addition, she served as the vocal coach for the production of Dolorosa with the Tanghalang Ateneo Theatre. Robin was the recipient of the 2020 Lessac Training and Research Institute Leadership Award.
David Coley, Ph.D. is excited to join the faculty of USM Theatre this season as producer and Assistant Professor of Theatre. He graduated from LSU in 2012 and was Assistant Professor of Theatre at St. Gregory’s University. As a scholar, his work focuses on the intersection of live performance and film projection, and he is also a playwright. His highlights as a director include: The Tempest, The Firebugs, Electra, Wit, The Glass Menagerie, The 39 Steps, and Three Sisters.
Costume Shop Supervisor
Scene Shop Supervisor
Production Staff and Preparation Crews //
Assistant Stage Manager
Georgia Leming is a Freshman at Southern Miss. She loves everything about theatre and can’t wait to show you what she can do. She previously served as Assistant Stage Manager for We’re Still Here.
Cody Alexander is a former Professional Wrestler who received his B.F.A. in Acting from Ball State University. He is currently a M.F.A. Performance Candidate here at University of Southern Mississippi. Notable roles he has played in the past are Jamie in The Great God Pan, Santiago in Anna in the Tropics, Ron in Recent Tragic Events, Solyony in Three Sisters, Lennox in Macbeth, Lt. Brannigan in Guys and Dolls, and most recently Voya in Describe the Night.
Props Preparation Crew
Electrics Preparation Crew
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Scenery Preparation Crew
Paint Preparation Crew
Faculty and Staff //
Robin Aronson – Professor of Voice and Acting
Theresa Bush– Assistant Professor of Costume Design
David Coley- Assistant Professor of Theatre, Producer
Craig Dettman– Associate Professor of Lighting and Sound Design,
Wes Hanson– Scene Shop Supervisor
Monica Hayes– Professor of Acting, Head of Performance
Caitlyn Herzlinger– Assistant Professor of Movement and Acting
Leketha Hughes– Administrative Specialist
Kelly James-Penot– Costume Shop Supervisor; Adjunct Faculty, Costumes
Stephen Judd– Professor of Scenic Design, Head of Design and Technology
Jay Morris– Assistant Professor, Production Manager, and Technical Director
Louis Rackoff– Professor of Directing, Head of Directing
Sandra Whittington– Administrative Specialist
School of Performing and Visual Arts
Stacy Reischman Fletcher- Director
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 50th, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Special thanks The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Additional support is provided by The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; The Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; and Beatrice and Anthony Welters and the AnBryce Foundation.
KCACTF is part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy, inspired by five enduring ideals often ascribed to JFK: Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude. Support for JKFC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy is provided by Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley, Chevron, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and Target.
Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
This production is entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The aims of this national theatre education program are to identify and promote quality in college-level theatre production. To this end, each production entered is eligible for a response by a regional KCACTF representative, and selected students and faculty are invited to participate in KCACTF programs involving scholarships, internships, grants and awards for actors, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics at both the regional and national levels.
Productions entered on the Participating level are eligible for invitation to the KCACTF, involving more than 200,000 students nationwide. By entering this production, our Theatre department is sharing in the KCACTF goals to recognize, reward and celebrate the exemplary work produced in college and university theaters across the nation.