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The Last Five Years

July 29 & 30, 7:30pm

Isabel Bader Theatre

Music by Jason Robert Brown

Music Director: Chris Barillaro

Starring Aaron Sheppard and Vanessa Oude-Reimerink

Directed by Jonathan Patterson
Stage Manager: Isabel Faia

Broadway at its best! Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk winner The Last Five Years was named one of Time magazine’s 10 best shows of 2001. It’s an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love in the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards, while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.


Tenor Aaron Sheppard hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Sheppard is a current member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, and a previous member of the Young Artist Programs at l’Opera de Montreal, and the Salzburg Festival.  Previous highlights include Kronprinz (Silent Night), Pong (Turandot) and Hadji (Lakme) with l’Opera de Montreal, Pedrillo (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail) and Monostatos (Die Zauberflote) with the Salzburg Festival. Other credits include Tamino (Die Zauberflote), Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi). Upcoming engagements for the 2015/2016 season include Ferrando (A little too Cozy/Cosi Fan Tutte) with Against the Grain/Canadian Opera Company/Banff Centre, Jamie (The Last Five Years) with the Toronto Summer Music Festival, and Canadian Opera Company mainstage debut as Selimo (Maometto II). Mr. Sheppard is also the recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Western Canada Region, and a prize winner at the 2014 Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Competition.



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Born in Ontario, Vanessa Oude-Reimerink was a member of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program last season where she made her mainstage debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Vanessa will return to Calgary Opera this summer to reprise the role of Iset in Dean Burry’s The Scorpions’ Sting. Debuts for the upcoming season include the title role in Viardot’s Cendrillon with FestivalOpéra St. Eustache and Frasquita in Carmen with Edmonton Opera. Other roles include Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Clara in The Light in the Piazza, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Aurore in Le Portrait de Manon and the Canadian première of Volpone by John Musto. Vanessa holds a Master’s Degree from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she studied with Professor Sanford Sylvan. She has received additional training from Centre d’Arts Orford, COSI, Opera NUOVA, Opera on the Avalon, the St. Andrews Opera Workshop, and Western University. Vanessa is a recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Western Canada District and the University of Western Ontario Gold Medal.

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Based in Montreal, Jonathan Patterson is a versatile director & choreographer, working in multiple genres; from musicals (Godspell, Avenue Q, The Wild Party, The Rocky Horror Show) to opera (Actéon, Semele, Iolanthe) to plays (Souvenir). Jonathan is also an equally versatile performer who has worked throughout North America. Selected credits include: West Side Story (Neptune Theatre); Koko in The Mikado (Janiec Opera Company, North Carolina); Il Trovatore, Die Zauberflöte (Opera Lyra Ottawa); Smudge in Forever Plaid, Mr. Mell in The Play’s the Thing, Harry Y. Esterbrook in Inherit the Wind and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance (Segal Centre).

As a performing-arts educator, Jonathan has been on the staff of Opera McGill at the Schulich School of Music since 2010, serving as Acting Director of Opera Studies during the 2014-15 season. He also teaches musical theatre classes at St. George’s High School, Montreal Children’s Theatre, and the Segal Centre Academy.

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Chris Barillaro is a Montreal-based musical director, pianist, actor, singer, orchestrator and proud graduate of Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program and of McGill University (B.A. in music and theatre). Selected musical direction credits include: Forever Plaid, Belles Sœurs: The Musical (MD/Orchestrations); Ain’t Misbehavin’; Guys and Dolls (Asst. MD); Schwartz’s: The Musical (Asst.MD); Cabaret; Chicago; and the Canadian premieres of both Rooms: A Rock Romance and of Altar Boyz. Selected acting credits include: Forever Plaid (Segal Theatre), Songs for a New World (Players’ Theatre); The Play’s the Thing (Segal Theatre); Schwartz’s: The Musical (Centaur); Souvenir (CETM & IYFE); Altar Boyz (CETM); The Jazz Singer (DWYT) and SyFy’s Being Human. Chris is currently serving as the associate music director for the award-winning Lyric Theatre Singers and also had the distinct pleasure of accompanying the late Ms. Joan Rivers at her Just For Laughs Gala in 2013. Next season, he will be appearing in Peter Hinton’s new production of Funny Girl at the Segal Centre in Montreal and music directing Belles Soeurs: The Musical at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.




Based in Montreal, Isabel Faia works as a stage manager, lighting designer and theatre technician. A recipient of the Karla Napier Scholarship and the Pamela Montgomery Award, she is a graduate of the Professional Theatre Production Program at John Abbott College. Select credits include: Single Black Female – Nu Spyce Productions, To Be: In Concert & Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical – Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal, Je rêve en autisme – La Tigressa Productions, Oroonoko – Persephone Productions, Top Girls, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Graduate and Belles Soeurs: The Musical – The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of – Black Theatre Workshop with urban ink productions, and random with Imago Theatre, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives – Tashme Production & the Just for Laughs Festival. Isabel recently completed the Artist Mentorship Program with Black Theatre Workshop as part of their 2014-2015 season.



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