RENT School Edition
An inspiring musical about friends and artists struggling with addiction, poverty, AIDS and, most of all, love. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent School Edition is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.
This school edition adaptation has been carefully done, working with the Larson estate to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song ("Contact") to make it possible for many schools to perform this piece. Music Theater International rates the show as PG-13. Similar to the Broadway original, the production still deals with sexuality, drug use, and AIDS, while telling the greater tale of community, love and acceptance. The show is edgy and deciding whether or not to bring children under 12 is a parental choice.
Performances: March 16-18, 2017
THE STORY:Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent School Edition follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
INFORMATIONAL MEETING: For all actors, singers, dancers, musicians, publicity/marketers, construction/engineers, painters/artists, costumers/fashion designers, shift crew, lighting and sound technicians, makeup/cosmetology students. We will meet on:
Thursday, October 27 @ 2:30 in the Cafeteria
Friday, October 28 @ Bonus Block (you must sign up prior to this meeting) in the Auditorium
*You do not need to attend both - they will be the same presentation.
CAST: November 28 (Open) & November 29 (Callback)
PIT: November 21 (All)
NON-PERFORMING: November 21 (check in) This includes shift, light, sound, marketing, construction, scenic design, costumes, makeup.
Audition Prep sessions for CAST
Tuesday, November 15: Open Audition Music Review
Tuesday, November 22: Callback Audition Music Review
Boys 2:30 - 3:15, Girls 3:15 - 4:00
CALLBACKS: Coming soon
Below is a generic schedule for the production. From February to the show, the schedule will change. A complete calendar will be disseminated to all production members at the first meeting.
December to Early February
Monday: 2:30 - 3:30 Lead/Solo Blocking
6:00 - 9:00 Full Cast Vocals
Tuesday: 2:30 - 3:30 Lead/Solo Blocking
6:00 - 9:00 Dance
Wednesday: 6:00 - 9:00 Blocking
Thursday: 2:30 - 3:30 Lead/Solo Blocking
6:30 - 9:00 Lead/Small Group Vocals
Sat/Sun: Occasional dance/blocking work
Mid February to Show
Monday: 5:00 - 9:30 Run (w/ tech)
Tuesday: 2:30 - 3:30 Blocking As Needed
6:30 - 8:30 Lead/Small Group Vocals As Needed
Wednesday:5:00 - 9:30 Run (w/ tech)
Thursday: 2:30 - 3:30 Blocking As Needed
Saturday: 9:00 - 5:00 Run (w/ tech)
Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00 Run (w/ tech and pit)
All participants will be expected to fundraise for the program. Production members will receive details on fundraising opportunities at our first meeting.
Open Auditions (CAST)
2010 - present
2010 - present