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2013: Rent

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Rent is a rock musical, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to sur- vive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of the Bohemian East Village, under the shadow of AIDS.

Rent, which won a Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, among other awards, was one of the first Broadway musicals to feature bisexual and transgender characters. In addition, its cast was unusually ethnically diverse. Rent brought controversial topics to a traditionally conservative medium, and it helped to increase the pop- ularity of musical theater amongst the younger generation. Rent speaks to Generation X the way that the musical Hair spoke to the baby boomers or those who grew up in the 1960s, calling it “a rock opera for our time, a Hair for the 90s.”

The musical was first seen at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1994. On January 26, 1996, Rent opened in New York City off-broadway before moving to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996. Rent was extremely successful on Broadway, where it had critical acclaim and word-of-mouth popularity. After a 12 year run, the Broadway production of Rent closed on June 1, 2008. In 2005, Rent was also adapted into a motion picture that features most of the original cast members. Certain plot elements were changed slightly, and some of the songs were changed to spoken dialogue.

Director’s Note

I am pleased to be directing RENT here at the Woodstock Theater with such talented performers! Let us take you back to a time when AIDS was considered a death sentence in Alphabet City lower Manhattan, where frightened groups of people lived day to day wondering where their next meal will be… or how long …

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Cast & Crew

Production Staff Director – Bill Sawyer Choreographer – Allison Weiner-Sawyer Music Director – Hal Sheeler Set Designer – Cami Buster Lighting Design – Kevin Fitzpatrick Sound – Seth Stoddard Production Manager – Sarah Spinella Production Team – Danielle Paro, Linda Dwyer Costumes – Jaime Danner, Alma Alberghini Make-Up / Hair – Kymberly Byerly Stage Manager – Amye …

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Act & Scene Info

ACT ONE Tune Up/Voice Mail #1: Mark, Roger, Mrs. Cohen, Collins, Benny Rent: Ensemble You Okay Honey?: Angel, Collins One Song Glory: Roger Light My Candle: Roger, Mimi Voice Mail #2: Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson Today 4 U: Angel You’ll See: Benny, Mark, Collins, Roger, Angel Tango: Maureen, Mark, Joanne Life Support: Paul, David, Ensemble …

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Gallery

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Special Thanks

A huge thank you to the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation for their constant support of NCCT. Special thanks to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover for providing us with rehearsal space and to Pentangle for the Arts for use of the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. Thanks to The Silver Screen for t-shirts, Hanover’s Lou’s and …

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