Aug. 02--When Scott and Nikki Windham saw the musical "The Last 5 Years" in New York City in 2002, they had no idea they would be performing it as a married couple more than 10 years later.
"I love the story," Scott, 33, said. "When my wife and I were dating, it was the first show we ever saw together in New York. We were kind of blown away by it, and the music is beautiful."
The musical, Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 at the Permian Playhouse, 310 W. 42nd St., is a fundraiser for the couple's adoption of an Ethiopian child, where they are currently on a wait list.
"He ran the idea for the play past me, and I was really pleasantly surprised," Nikki, 32, said. "I said that sounds great because it's something we would enjoy and I felt like instead of asking for people to help us, we were going to give back something in return."
The 90-minute, one-act, two-person musical will feature a six-piece orchestra and tells the story of a relationship starting at the beginning from the male character, and the end from the female character, Scott said.
The timing of the play (a movie for "The Last 5 Years" starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan is currently in post-production) is coincidental, he said.
"The story is very unique," Scott said. "I love that their story raises questions like 'what are you willing to sacrifice for your loved one?' and 'what's more important to you than a relationship?' "
Retired theater teachers Carl and Jane Moore, who are also married, are directing the show and LuAnn Lane, Odessa College Music Theory and Piano instructor, will be providing the music.
"It is very unique," Carl said. "Because of the nature of the show, the story of two different people in the romance, I brought my wife in to direct her and I'm directing him. It is weird to do a show like that, but I'm quite excited because Scott and Nikki are doing an incredible job. The show will surprise and please people."
Jane said she was delighted when her husband asked to join the project.
"I had not seen it nor had I hear of it before," Jane said. "It is really a beautiful play and both of them are phenomenal actors."
All proceeds from the musical will go directly toward the couple's adoption through Ethiopian adoption fund America World Adoption.
"I went to Kenya in 2010 and we really fell in love with it," Scott said. "We felt like Ethiopia is where we were being led and it really was where we felt like our son was."
The couple, who have two biological children, said the play has something to offer everyone, including humor.
"I love the beginning for the male character," Scott said. "There's a lot of hope and excitement and that's a really sweet moment. It's one of those shows where you'll laugh and cry. You'll put your head on your significant other sitting next to you and walk out going 'what if?' and asking questions about the show, about your own relationship about life in general. It provokes a lot of questions."
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