RENT - Theatre 55

RENT (55+),  directed by Richard Hitchler, with choreography by Sandy Agustin, and musical direction by Natalia Peterson

**Looking for more POC over age 50 for auditions. If no time slots are available, simply show up and we'll work you into a time.**

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Auditions are: December 9, 10, and 11, 2019 at Episcopal Homes, 1860 University Ave., St Paul.

Rehearsals are: January 6 - February 27, 2020 at 655 Fairview Ave N., in the Midway area of St Paul

Performances are: February 28 - March 15, 2020 at Illusion Theater, downtown Minneapolis

Stipend paid

Prepare a song and monologue or be prepared to sing and read from script. 

The show: 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, 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.

Typically performed by angsty 20-something’s trying to survive in the world, Theatre 55 is taking a different approach;  RENT (55+), Affordable housing, diseases, alternative medicines, prescription drugs, finding new love, losing a loved one; still familiar issues with the 55+ community.  

About Theatre 55

Theatre 55 was formed with the purpose of developing lifelong learning through theatre performance and education. Our vision is to enrich the lives of elders as artists, audiences, and learners through educational performance art. Theatre 55 is currently fiscally sponsored through Springboard for the Arts and runs in part through the generous grants from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council and the Aroha Foundation. Theatre 55 aims to produce more high-energy, impactful plays and utilizing the senior artists of our community. We strive to engage with vibrant seniors living throughout the Twin Cities and beyond through classes, workshops, showcases, and performance.

CAST BREAKDOWN

Roger Davis

A struggling musician and former drug addict. He is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. Roommates with Mark in the loft and battles with being HIV-positive.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: F2

Mark Cohen

Filmmaker and video artist. Knee deep in his own soul-searching, Mark is the typical young artist. He and Roger are roommates in the loft. A bit of a nerd.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2

Tom Collins

A computer genius and liberal professor. He is a nurturer with a smooth and relaxed disposition. Used to be a roommate in the loft and is HIV-positive.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: F#2

Benjamin Coffin III

The landlord of Mark and Roger's apartment building. A former roommate in the loft, Benny traded in his personal morals for power and wealth.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: F#4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Joanne Jefferson

A public interest lawyer and headstrong lesbian. She is smart and purposeful in all her decisions. Carries on a tumultuous relationship with Maureen.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Angel Dumott Schunard

The eccentric HIV-positive street drummer. A drag queen with an incredible gift of dance and a magnetic personality. He becomes Tom's lover.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: C3

Mimi Marquez

An HIV-positive stripper with drug addictions. Slender and sickly, she conceals it all at her job in the local strip club. She lives in the same building as the loft.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Maureen Johnson

An unpredictably zany performance artist. Maureen oozes sexuality and used to live in the loft. She has recently dumped Mark for Joanne.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: C4

8-12 Ensemble

Homeless Men & Women; Junkies, Parents (Mrs. Cohen, Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson); Support Group (Steve, Gordon)

Contact information

Theatre 55
Richard Hitchler
612-389-9010
Email/contact
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