RENT the Musical
(Ages 13-19 year olds)
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Two Acts, Book Musical, Pop / Rock, Thru Sung / Operetta, Rated R
Click here to open the PDF of the cast list.
Everyone needs to attend every rehearsal (unless conflict has been submitted and approved) - starting tomorrow - Thursday July 14th, 2011 from 12-5pm at the AAT Studio.
Ensemble Members... Soloists.... and all roles will be doing amazing stuff - we hope to see you all there.
6 Shows ONLY - August 19th through 28th, 2011.
Playing at the Louden Nelson Center
301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Friday August 19th at 7pm
Saturday August 20th at 7pm
Thursday August 25th at 7pm
Friday August 26th at 7pm
Saturday August 27th at 2pm & 7pm
** Thursday night is a 2 for 1 student night - student ID required.
Petroglyph in downtown Santa Cruz.
You can also buy tickets at the door - whilst supplies last.
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Disclaimer: The musical Rent contains references to sexuality (including homosexuality) and illicit drug use. Langauge that may be offensive to some viewers is also used.
Short Show Synopsis
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, Rent follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city. They include Mark, a filmmaker and the narrator of the story; his former girlfriend, Maureen, a performance artist; Maureen's lover, Joanne, a public interest lawyer; Mark's roommate Roger, a musician; Mimi, an exotic dancer, with whom Roger falls in love; Tom Collins, a computer genius; Collins' lover, Angel, a street musician and drag queen; and Benny, a former member of the group who, after marrying into a wealthy family, has become their landlord. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
Link to MTI's website to read more and hear clips of the songs.
Register now online:
Simply pay the registration fee of $95.00 online now with a credit card. Please select the PayPal button below and that takes you to the payment page. If you are a member of PayPal then you may sign in, if not then you may pay as a guest. You do not need to create an account
to register your child. If you are registering more than one child simply adjust the quantity value on the payments page.
There maybe a minimal fee of between $0.35 and $0.75 charged for the security of your credit
card. It depends on whether you are using Mastercard/Visa etc...
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If all the available slots have been taken, please contact one us by email, or call the main All About Theatre phoneline: (831) 345-6340 to be added to the waitlist.
Spaces are limited to 36 students.
What if I do not wish to register online:
space will be reserved for 5 days so that you have time to send in the forms with the required $95.00 deposit to reserve your child(ren) place(s) in the production.
Spaces are limited to 36 students.
$725.00 Total Fee
* there is also a $100.00 discount for siblings.
Payments can be made in one payment within the first two weeks of the program or in three installments, one per month.
We do offer some financial assistance to those who need it. Please click on the registration form links below and mail in the registration paperwork before February 19th, 2011.
If you have any questions about this please do contact us.
** Register your child by paying the $95.00 deposit fee then print out the forms below and mail in (to complete your child's registration).
Directory & Medical Form
Rules and Regulations Form
How To Memorize Lines
Make-Up Needs for the Show
If you require financial assistance please print out the application below. There are no guarantees and all applications must be received by the first day of the program to be considered.
Scholarship / Financial Aid Information
We do mandate a set number of volunteer hours (20-25 per family). We also mandate that each family solicit 3 program ads and encourage more volunteer hours if there are two or more children per family in the production.
Volunteering within your time frame includes (or can include) set painting, needlework, auction item soliciting, dressing-room, poster distribution, tech week supervisor and so on. These positions range from a couple of hours to 20 hours, so you can help in several areas or simply one to fulfill your hours. We rely upon the commitment of the teens and the
parents to help in set construction and so on. We offer many different kinds of creative outliets to fulfill you volunteer hours that can work with people who have busy schedules that do not allow for more than a few hours of volunteer work per week. Jobs are separated into three categories; those that are needed to be completed earlier on / those that
occur in the middle of the rehearsal run and those that are focused around the show itself (tech week and actual show weekend).
Mondays through Fridays
AAT Studio (325 Washington Street) - July 11th through 15th.
Elaine's Dance Studio (2525 Soquel Ave.) - July 18th through August 12th.
Louden Nelson Center (301 Center Street) - August 15th through closure of the show.
** Times may change for tech week rehearsals (adding evenings until 9:30pm)
How To Come Prepared To Auditions & Rehearsals
Must have a song prepared of around 24 measures in length (approx.2 minutes)
Of course listen to the sound clips (use link above) and be familiar with the show and the material as we will be using some of them at call-backs...
We request that each actor who comes to rehearsals wear dance wear. Whether that be jogging pants,
comfy slacks or shorts, it does not matter. No jeans allowed. Leggings must be worn under skirts.
Dance shoes would be best but if none are owned, please be sure to have flexible soled shoes on for
the dance auditions.
Please bring a water bottle and snacks as they will not be provided.
YouTube Clips of the show:
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast - Many featured roles, Older Role(s), Strong/Large Chorus.
Mark Cohen, a struggling documentary filmmaker, the narrator of the show. He is Roger and Collins's roommate until Collins moves out; he is also Maureen's ex-boyfriend.
Roger Davis , a once successful, but now, struggling musician. He hopes to write one last meaningful song in his lifetime. He is Mark`s roommate.
Tom Collins, a computer genius and a teacher; vagabond anarchist. He was formerly a roommate of Roger and Mark.
Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III, Landlord of Mark, Roger and Mimi's apartment building and ex-roommate of Mark, Collins, Roger, and Maureen. Now married to Alison Grey of the Westport Greys and is considered a yuppie sell-out by his ex-roommates.
Joanne Jefferson, an Ivy League-educated public interest lawyer. Joanne has very important parents (one is undergoing confirmation to be a judge, the other is a political figure).
Angel Dumott Schunard, a drag queen, street percussionist.
Mimi Márquez, Roger`s love interest. She lives downstairs from Mark and Roger.
Maureen Johnson, a performance artist; Mark's ex-girlfriend, and Joanne's current girlfriend.
Season's of Love Soloist
Over the Moon Back-Up
Over the Moon Back-Up Singers
& many more...
Tune Up/Voice Mail 1.......Mark, Roger, Mrs. Cohen, Collins, Benny
You Okay Honey?.....................Angel, Collins
Tune Up 3............................Mark, Roger
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, Gordon, The Company
Another Day...............Roger, Mimi, The Company
Will I?.........................Steve, The Company
On the Street..........................The Company
Santa Fe...................Collins and The Company
I'll Cover You......................Angel, Collins
Christmas Bells........................The Company
Over the Moon..............................Maureen
La Vie Boheme........The Company
I Should Tell You....Roger, Mimi
Seasons of Love.......................The Company
Happy New Year....Mimi, Roger, Mark, Maureen, Joanne, Collins, Angel
Voice Mail #3....Mrs. Cohen, Alexi Darling
Happy New Year B....Mimi, Roger, Mark, Maureen, Joanne, Collins, Angel, Benny
Take Me or Leave..................Maureen, Joanne
Seasons of Love B...............The Company
Without You...........................Roger, Mimi
Voice Mail #4.......................Alexi Darling
I'll Cover You: Reprise.......Collins, The Company
Goodbye, Love..........Mark, Mimi, Roger, Maureen, Joanne, Collins, Benny
What You Own................Mark, Roger
Voice Mail #5.............Roger's Mom, Mimi's Mom, Mr. Jefferson, Mrs. Cohen
Finale B.............The Company
MARK, a filmmaker and the show's narrator, is spending a cold Christmas Eve in the Lower East Side industrial loft he shares with his roommate Roger, a musician. They receive several phone calls (TUNE UP/VOICE MAIL #1). The first is from Mark's mother consoling him over the loss of his girlfriend Maureen, a performance artist, to Joanne, a Harvard Law School graduate. The second is from their friend Tom Collins who is detained by muggers. The last is from their landlord Benny demanding the rent. The power blows and so do Roger and Mark's tops (RENT).
Outside, Collins is reeling from the mugging. He is comforted by Angel, a street musician, who offers him a helping hand (YOU OKAY HONEY?). Both HIV+, Angel and Collins head out for a night on the town and a life support meeting.
In response to a call for help, Mark sets out for the lot where Maureen is performing a protest against Benny's eviction of the homeless from a nearby lot. He urges Roger to come along but he refuses. As Mark reports, Roger has not left the apartment in six months. He is still reeling from the suicide of his girlfriend, who slashed her wrists upon learning that she had AIDS. Roger tries to write a song but the only melody he finds is "Musetta's Waltz" from Puccini's La Bohème (ONE SONG GLORY).
Mimi, an S&M dancer who lives below Mark and Roger, knocks with a request: LIGHT MY CANDLE. The attraction between she and Roger is immediate, but Roger shies away and shows her the door. Mimi knocks again. She has lost her stash. Roger helps her look and Mimi eventually finds it- in Roger's back pocket.
As Joanne wrangles with the sound equipment for Maureen's performance, her parents leave her VOICE MAIL #2, pleading with her to come to her mother's confirmation hearings in Washington. Collins arrives at the loft with a bag full of goodies. This includes Angel, transvested into Angel Dumott Shunard and gloriously arrayed in his Christmas finest- wig, glitter, and platform pumps. In TODAY 4 U, Angel explains how he earned $1,000: a wealthy woman hired him to play the drums until her neighbor's yappy Akita barked itself to death.
Benny enters with a proposal (YOU'LL SEE): if Mark and Roger stop Maureen's protest, he will forgo the rent. He entices them with plans for Cyber Arts, a state-of-the-art, multimedia studio that will realize all of their dreams. Unsuccessful, Benny leaves. Mark, Collins and Angel try to coax Roger into coming to the life support meeting with them but he refuses.
Mark finally reaches the lot where Maureen will perform her protest. He encounters Joanne, still struggling with the sound equipment and the many demands Maureen makes upon her. Mark offers help. Though they dreaded meeting, they have a lot in common (TANGO: MAUREEN). Once he finishes, Mark joins Angel and Collins at the LIFE SUPPORT meeting.
In her apartment, Mimi dresses and appeals to an imaginary Roger to take her OUT TONIGHT. She barges into his apartment and continues her appeal to Roger himself but after a passionate kiss he vehemently rejects her. They fight, her words blending with the affirmation of the support group that emphasizes the importance of living the moment (ANOTHER DAY). A young man from the support group asks quietly "Will I lose my dignity/Will someone care?" (WILL I?). His thoughts and fears are echoed by each member of the community. The thoughts are Roger's too, and he decides to go outside.
After the meeting, Mark, Angel and Collins roam the lot and rescue a homeless woman from the taunts and nightsticks of the neighborhood cops (ON THE STREET). Discouraged by life in New York, the three dream of opening up a restaurant in SANTA FE. Alone at last, Angel and Collins finally express their love for each other (I'LL COVER YOU). Joanne, meanwhile has her hands full juggling work, parents, and the ever-demanding Maureen...all over the phone(WE'RE OKAY).
The scene changes to St. Mark's Place where vendors hawk their wares to the bohemians of the East Village (CHRISTMAS BELLS). Angel buys a new coat for Collins. Mark finds Roger who spots Mimi looking for drugs. Roger apologizes and asks her to dinner. Just as the snow begins to fall, Maureen finally appears on her motorcycle to perform her protest, OVER THE MOON.
Following the protest, all convene at the Life Café, including Benny who announces that Bohemia is dead. Thus ensues a makeshift mock-wake that quickly segues into a celebration of LA VIE BOHEME. During the song, Benny confronts Mimi and threatens to reveal their past affair to Roger. Beepers go off to remind the revelers to take their AZT. Roger and Mimi each discover that the other is HIV+. Frightened, excited, they vow to be together (I SHOULD TELL YOU).
Joanne has been sent back to the lot by Maureen several times to check on the equipment. She finally rebels, telling Maureen that their relationship is over and announcing a riot in the lot: Benny has padlocked the building and called the cops but the homeless are standing their ground. And mooing. The artists rejoice, the riot continues, and Roger and Mimi share a small, lovely kiss.
The second act begins with the company posing the question, "How do you measure a year in the life?" (SEASONS OF LOVE). It is one week later, New Year's Eve, and Mark, Roger, Mimi, Maureen, Joanne, Angel and Collins are having a breaking-back-into-the-building party (HAPPY NEW YEAR). Once inside, Mark listens to one more phone message from his mother in Scarsdale as well as one from Alexi Darling, a tabloid TV producer salivating over his footage of the riot (VOICE MAIL #3). Benny crashes the party, angering Roger and alienating Roger from Mimi. Dejected, Mimi wanders outside and into the welcoming arms of her drug dealer.
Mark fastforwards to Valentine's Day. Roger and Mimi are still together. Angel and Collins could be anywhere. Maureen and Joanne are still rehearsing another show, but it is not going well (TAKE ME OR LEAVE ME).
The company reprises SEASONS OF LOVE and time marches forward again, to spring. Roger and Mimi have a fight and Roger walks out. Alone, Mimi reflects on what life would be like without Roger (WITHOUT YOU). At the same time, Collins nurses a sick Angel; Maureen and Joanne reconcile; as do Mimi and Roger.
At the end of the summer, Alexi is still courting Mark for her TV show (VOICE MAIL #4). Roger and Mimi, unsatisfied by love's complications, break up, as do Maureen and Joanne Angel dies (CONTACT). At a memorial service, his friends remember his spirit. Collins remembers his love (I'LL COVER YOU: REPRISE).
Outside the church, Mark phones Alexi to accept the job. Mark ponders how life has changed since last year as he recalls the joys of that one night last Christmas (HALLOWEEN). As the mourners leave the church, Mimi confirms that Roger has sold his guitar and is leaving town. Roger confirms that Mimi is now with Benny. A fight erupts among Roger, Mimi, Maureen, Benny, and Joanne Collins interrupts them with the sorrowful reality that the family is breaking up. Joanne and Maureen reunite. Mimi and Benny leave.
Mark tries to convince Roger to stay in New York and face his pain and the fact that Mimi is very sick. Roger attacks Mark, accusing him of hiding from his feelings. Mimi enters, having overheard the entire angry exchange, and bids Roger farewell (GOODBYE, LOVE). Roger leaves town. Mimi turns to Mark for help. Benny offers one helping hand to Mimi and extends the other to Collins to help him pay Angel's funeral expenses. Mimi refuses the help and flees. Collins accepts and he and Benny go out for a drink.
Mark considers the events and faces the last year, as does Roger, who is on his way to Santa Fe. Roger begins to discover his own song and Mark turns down the television job to finish his own film (WHAT YOU OWN).
Roger's mom, Mark's mom, Mimi's mom, and JoAnne's father all wonder where their children are (VOICE MAIL #5). Back at the loft, Mark tells us again it's Christmas and he now has a rough version of his film, which he's going to show tonight. Roger has returned, has written his song, but cannot find Mimi. Collins enters with money he has gotten from an ATM rewired to give money to anyone with a special code. The password? Angel.
Maureen and Joanne suddenly arrive holding Mimi, whom they found collapsed and near death in the park. Roger begs her not to die and sings for her the song it has taken him all year to write, YOUR EYES. Mimi dies as Roger wails her name over a blast of Puccini's music. Suddenly Mimi awakens, it seems that a guardian Angel was watching over her.
The company joins in a reprise of the affirmation that love is all and that there is "no day but today" (FINALE).