2011 - 2012
Based on Puccini's classic opera La Bohème, composer and lyricist Jonathan Larson's revolutionary rock opera Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent in the gritty background of New York's East Village in the early nineties. “Measuring their lives in love,” these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness, and the AIDS epidemic.
The cast includes Mark, a filmmaker and the narrator of the story; his former girlfriend, Maureen, a performance artist; Maureen's lover, Joanne, a public interest lawyer; Mark's roommate, Roger, a musician; Mimi, an exotic dancer, with whom Roger falls in love; Tom Collins, a computer genius; Collins' lover, Angel, a street musician and drag queen; and Benny, a former member of the group who, after marrying into a wealthy family, has become their landlord. The lead characters are complemented by a strong group of multi-talented ensemble members who play a variety of different characters to round out the production, which is almost completely sung through.
Nicole Milne: Artistic Director
James Caswell: Musical Director
Debbie Millet: Choreographer