Student Cast Performs School Edition of Hit Musical Rent
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The last date listed for Rent, school edition was Thursday March 12, 2009 / 7:00pm.
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An off-Broadway hit adapted from John Gray's iconic book, this one-man show version of Men Are From… More
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Featured review from Lita Shabtay Unruh
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I took my high school age daughter to this event and we both enjoyed it -- I think for her it was extra special as she has not been to many shows and it was nice to see both the audience and the cast comprised of people her age. I had seen the show on Broadway in NY, and this was a great venture to this type of work. Anytime I can introduce my kids to the arts (and not have to pay a months salary) is good.
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We are bit biased - as three of my high school aged son's friends are in the cast. That being said - this is a great production to share with your teenager - lots of hot point topics to discuss - slightly provocative - but appropriate for the 13+...continued
Rent, school edition is directed and choreographed by CMT’s Artistic Director, Kevin Hauge and will be performed entirely by students. This is the first time CMT has produced this show.
“It’s important to note that we’re not doing this to push the envelope. Theater, at its most powerful and profound, illuminates the human condition and provokes meaningful discourse about weighty, real-life issues. RENT deals with life, loss, homelessness, AIDS, and drug addiction. As an education organization, we want to give our performers a venue in which they can learn about these issues, and where we can help increase tolerance and understanding about homosexuality and AIDS,” says Kevin Hauge.
Rent took Broadway by storm in 1996, winning multiple Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book and Score, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an honor bestowed on only a handful of musicals since the inception of that award. The musical is based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme. It follows a year in the lives of seven friends living the disappearing Bohemian lifestyle in New York’s East Village.
The Rent, 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.