The play’s been met with acclaim, especially for Naomi’s performance – Vancouver weekly paper The Westender called her a “bright spot” and said that “she infuses the character with lovely doses of defiance and vigour.” The story follows a five-year relationship told in opposite directions, almost entirely in song.
It ends its run at the Jericho Arts Centre this week and tickets are selling fast, so this is the last chance to check it out. Tickets for the two remaining shows – Tuesday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 11 – are $18 for adults and $16 for students. For more info and tickets, visit last5yearsVancouver.com.
Of course, producing a play is no small feat, and Naomi gushes about the support she’s gotten from VFS: “All along the way everyone at VFS has been a huge support to me, from the marketing team who helped with the poster design and sponsored the printing, to moral support and encouragement, and mentorship from [Acting for Film & Television Head] Bill [Marchant]. “
Naomi, who’s acted in film and television (including a recent guest spot on Stargate Atlantis), mounted the play because she “missed the thrill of live performance.”
“Alisa Kort teaches ‘Performance of Singing’ at VFS,” she explains. “It was one of my favourite classes when I was a student. It’s not about how well you sing or about hitting the notes, it’s about telling a story through song. I knew from the moment I decided to do this play that the focus had to be about telling the story. Otherwise, it would be two actors making some nice music, and wouldn’t have much of an impact on the audience.”