RENT-Summer Theatre

Presented by Elgin Summer Theatre

Friday, July 18 & 25, 2014; 8p

Saturday, July 19 & 26, 2014; 8p

Sunday, July 20 & 27, 2014; 3p

Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT 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, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT 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, Collins, 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.
This is theatre at its best -- exuberant, passionate, and joyous.   

Tickets: $15 Reserved Seating

On Sale Monday, April 21st!

Audition Information


  • Auditions:
    When:  May 19th, 20th & 21st from 7-10pm
    Where: The Hemmens Cultural Center
    Who: Males and Females 16 years and older
    What to expect: Singing and Dancing

    •  60 second piece that will show your range
      • The piece may be from RENT, but doesn't need to be
      • The piece must be in the genre of RENT (rock, power ballad etc...)
      • A piano will be available for a starting note or chord only
        • We just want to hear your fabulous voice!
    • A dance sequence will be taught

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