SALT Launches LIVE Musical Theatre with THE LAST FIVE YEARS, October 10 – 18, 2020

SALT Launches LIVE Musical Theatre with THE LAST FIVE YEARS

CHESTER SPRINGS, PA — SALT Performing Arts is excited to present its first live theatre musical show since March, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, October 10 – 18 — an outdoor performance perfect for pandemic times with a cast of just two incredibly talented performers and a live pit!

Join us for The Last Five Years, possibly the most suitable socially-distanced adaptation of any musical, complete with live pit orchestra, from the spacious hillside behind SALT Chester Springs. Directed by the accomplished Seth Reich, The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their 20’s who fall in and out of love over 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. SALT’s two-person cast consists of the fabulous SALT all star KIM WHITEHILL (previously in Godspell, Beauty and the Beast) as Cathy and the amazing SALT newcomer MARCUS BARAINYAK as Jamie.​ Bring lawn chairs, pack a picnic and/or takeout from your favorite local establishment, and enjoy a fabulous musical performed live on the beautiful grounds of SALT in Chester Springs.

“As luck would have it, The Last Five Years was already one of our 2020 season shows. Located in the historic Yellow Springs section of Chester Springs, we are so grateful to also have a beautiful outdoor setting with adequate performance space to fit our two wonderful actors and our live orchestra pit,” comments Lauren McComas, President and Artistic Director of SALT Performing Arts. “Ideally we would have loved to be in the theatre, but with so much of our interactions being virtual, it is very refreshing to be outside on a lovely Fall day. Our two actors have the incredible range and stamina needed for this ingenious and poignant show. A must see for sure!”

Details for The Last Five Years are as follows:

  • Admission is $20/person. Reservations must be made online prior to the performance here.
  • Admission to the show will start 30 minutes before the event start time.
  • Show will last approximately 90 minutes. There are bathrooms inside the theatre.
  • Please bring your own lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets.
  • No tents or beach umbrellas in order to maintain the sightlines for others.
  • Seating locations will be marked to ensure social distance between parties and between the audience & performers.
  • If handicap assistance is needed, please contact Judy Elliott at

Show schedule:

Saturday, October 10: 1:30 PM & 4 PM

Sunday, October 11: 2 PM

Saturday, October 17: 1:30 PM & 4 PM

Sunday, October 18: 2 PM

In the event of inclement weather, ticket holders for the affected performance are welcomed to join for a later performance. In the event that our final performance must be cancelled, a refund for all ticket holders will be issued.

Ever since the shut-down in March, SALT has had to adapt to the pandemic restrictions and circumstances to keep their community connected and the arts alive. Despite the challenges through it all, SALT has brought the community connection via online Cooped Up Cabarets, Beyond the Walls outside drive-in concerts, an outdoor Good Ol Fashioned Variety Show, Teen Karaoke Nights, as well as an upcoming family-friendly Fall Fest on Saturday, October 24, a sixth-anniversary fundraising event called Rise Up the night of Saturday, October 24, as well as indoor dinner theatre production of Nunsense with performers in glass boxes. Complete information for all our upcoming events can be found here.

The mission of SALT Performing Arts is to provide live community theatre productions, Playhouses for Preschoolers, summer/year-round theatre camps for kids, dinner theatre, and more. With excellence as the standard, SALT, a non-profit organization, believes that the “community” is paramount in community theatre and strives to foster an all-inclusive atmosphere that promotes a positive, uplifting experience to each individual. SALT involves people of all ages from all walks of life. If you are interested in learning more about SALT Performing Arts, making a donation, or being a sponsor, please email us at

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