RENT

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(Feb/Mar 2010)

Performances:
February 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28; March 4, 5, 6, 7

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Based on Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème
Directed by Craig Pettinati
Music Direction by Brian Victor
Choreography by Laurie Newton
Produced by Darnell Morris, Doe B. Kim


Synopsis

RENT tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of AIDS.

The musical was first seen in a limited three-week Workshop production at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1994. This same New York City off-Broadway theater was also the musical’s initial home following its official January 25, 1996, opening. The show’s creator, Jonathan Larson, died suddenly the night before the off-Broadway premiere. The show won a Pulitzer Prize, and the production was a hit.


Cast

Tim Adams (Ensemble) KAT: Rocky Horror Show (Brad Majors); One Red Flower (Billy Bridges); Zanna, Don't! (Steve Bookman) (WATCH Nomination); A New Brain(Minister) (WATCH Award – Best Musical). KENNEDY CENTER: San Francisco Ballet's Giselle (Falconer). SIGNATURE: See What I Wanna See (Janitor/Priest u/s). MCP: Red Hot & Cole (Paul). LAZY SUSAN: Crazy for You (Bobby Child). MTA: You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Linus); Anything Goes (Billy Crocker). WWT: Astra the Manga Musical (Zonk). AMS: Aida (Radames); Crazy for You (Bobby Child) (WATCH Nomination); 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor). RCP: A Chorus Line (Don) (WATCH Award – Best Musical).
Felicia Akunwafor (Ensemble) THERESA LANG THEATER: The Wild Party (Ensemble, U/S Madeline True). NYC AREA: Miscast (Miss Adelaide); Queen of Soul (Soloist);One Night Only (Featured Soloist); The Shadow Box (Felicity). TELEVISION: Tim and Tessa’s Fun Club Pilot/Webisodes (Chef Loretta). EDUCATION: Marymount Manhattan College, 2008, BA Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre. Glittered hugs and kisses to my friends, family and wonderful cast and crew!! MWAH!!
Mayumi Baker (Ensemble) The Rocky Horror Show (Music Director/Pianist), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Music Director/Pianist), High School Musical 2 (Conductor/Drummer),Children of Eden (Music Director/Pianist), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Music Director/Pianist), High School Musical (Music Director/Pianist/Drummer), A Year with Frog and Toad (Music Director/Pianist), 42nd Street (Music Director/Pianist), Fictitious (Music Director/Music Arranger), Annie (Music Director/Pianist), Grease(Conductor/Drummer), My Fair Lady (Conductor/Pianist), Cinderella (Conductor/Cinderella).
Terry Barr (Ensemble) KAT: The Rocky Horror Show (Phantom/Brad Majors u/s). GMU OPERA WORKSHOP: Street Scene (Dick); Amahl and the Night Visitors (Page);Trouble In Tahiti (Trio); L'elisir d'amore (Ensemble). AMERICAN CENTURY STAGE: Stage Door (Keith Burgess/Jimmy Deveraux). KMT: The Secret Garden (Dr. Neville Craven); Grease (Doody/Teen Angel); Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby); Fame (Schlomo); West Side Story (Chino). WT WOODSON DRAMA: Crazy For You (Bobby); Footloose(Travis); Cinderella (Herald). Thanks to the cast, crew, family, and friends for their support!
Amy Baughman (Mimi) KAT: The Rocky Horror Show (Janet Weiss). SELECTED CREDITS: SSS: columbinus (2009 Ruby Griffith Award). TOTH: Into the Woods (Little Red), Nunsense (Hubert). MET: Threepenny Opera (Polly), Urinetown (Little Sally), Company (Amy), Killer Joe (Dottie), The Wild Party (Kate). OOH: Grease (Rizzo), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Becky), Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste #1). ACT: Children of Eden (Yonah). PAF: Merrily We Roll Along (Gussie),The Pajama Game (Babe), Elegies. BTP: Planet Claire. Thanks to Craig (I am eternally grateful) and the inspiring cast & crew. Love to my family and husband Matt.
Darius Epps (Benny) DIRECTING: AART: The Black Snowman. Barksdale Theatre: 365 Days/365 Plays. ACTING: Theatre IV: The Jungle Book (Mowgli), Disney's Beauty & the Beast. Richmond Shakespeare Co.: Romeo & Juliet (Romeo). AART: A Soldier's Play (Pvt. Smalls), A Lesson Before Dying (Jefferson), Langston is My Man (Stix),God's Trombones. Swift Creek Mill Theatre: Run To The River (John Parker). Richmond Triangle Players: Altar Boyz (Abraham), Say You Love Satan (Jerrod). Barksdale Theatre: Parade: The Benefit Concert (Newt Lee). Sycamore Rouge: Read*y for Right (Rev. Wyatt T. Walker).
Lena Feliciano (Ensemble) Palace Theatre (Manchester, NH): CATS (Jemima), The Wedding Singer (Crystal, u/s George), Grease! (Patty Simcox), Aladdin (Jasmine),Urinetown (Senator Fipp), Les Miserables, Fame, Sleeping Beauty (Stench), High School Musical 2 (Sharpette swing), Alice in Wonderland (Cheshire Cat), Grease!(Frenchy), A Christmas Carol (Fan), Pippin, Beauty and the Beast. Concord High School: Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie/Choreographer), Grease! (Marty/Choreographer), The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Elsa), The Laramie Project (Barbara Pitts). New Thalian Players: High School Musical (Taylor McKessie). This one’s for Jane!
Tina Ghandchilar (Joanne) THE THEATRE LAB, SCHOOL OF THE DRAMATIC ARTS: Jane Eyre, the Musical (Jane Eyre); Rosemary with Ginger (Ginger); Jason Robert Brown’s Parade (Iola Stover); Man of No Importance (Adele Rice). BLACKFRIAR’S THEATRE, STAUNTON, VA: Cymbeline (Lord/Cornelius/Ensemble). WAY OFF BROADWAY DINNER THEATRE: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy). CALREP THEATRE, PENN: A Funny Thing...Forum (Philia); Sweeney Todd (Ensemble). JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY: Bat Boy (Shelley Parker); Into the Woods (Little Red); Cabaret (Frauline Schneider). MONTGOMERY COLLEGE SUMMER DINNER THEATRE: Anything Goes(Reno Sweeney). Much love to the rents.
Montario Hill (Collins) REGIONAL: Schoolhouse Rock Live (George), Godspell (Herb), The Moment (James), The Project(Talonik), Pirates Of Penzance (Frederic), The Beginning (Adam), Oliver (Mister Bumble), Little Shop Of Horrors (Audrey II), Bye Bye Birdie (Maude), Grease (Teen Angel), Into The Woods (Wolf). ENSEMBLES: Morgan State University Singers; St. Maries Musica. Many thanks to Ali Samedi, Holly Hilton, Terri Reagan, Joanna Kenlon, Attaway Hill, The Hill family, The Lepore family, The Reynolds family and many others for their continued support. Thanks to KAT for allowing me to participate in this phenomenal production with this amazing cast.
Eric Jones (Ensemble) KAT: The Rocky Horror Show (Phantom). GAC: The Rocky Horror Show (Frank-N-Furter/Make-up Design - 2008 WATCH Award for Outstanding Make-up Design), Children of Eden (Cain/Japheth). TJStage: Beauty & the Beast (Gaston), Noises Off! (Garry/Roger), God's Favorite (Sidney Lipton). MTF: A Chorus Line(Greg), Blood Brothers (The Narrator), Dark of the Moon (John), Les Miserables (Valjean). SAB: The Who's Tommy (Ensemble). Smithereens: West Side Story (Chino). Lots of love to my wonderful family, friends, the GLORIOUS cast & crew of RENT, and YOU for supporting live theater! For Nanna. VORHANG AUF!
Andrew Kurland (Roger) WASHINGTION NATIONAL OPERA: Götterdämmerung in Concert (Chorus). UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN: L'enfant et les Sortfileges (Tree);Eugene Onegin (Chorus). EDUCATION: University of Michigan, 2009, Voice Performance, Political Science. University of Michigan Law School, 2013. Thanks to his brother Adam, his parents, and his friends for their continued support.
Jennie Lutz (Ensemble) Local: Classkia/Synetic: The Lost Sock. Imagination Stage: Heidi, Bunnicula. Washington Shakespeare Company: Edward III. Kennedy Center Millenium Stage: Streets of America. SSTG: Nunsense (Amnesia). Active Cultures: Hansel and Gretel. banished Productions: My Comic Valentine. LSDT: Seven Brides.... DC Fringe: I Like Nuts!, Captain Squishy’s YeeHaw Jamboree. American University: Cabaret (Sally), A Chorus Line (Bebe), Evita, Candide, Pippin. Montgomery College:Footloose (Wendy Jo). KAT debut! Jennie has a Music Theatre degree from American Univeristy and is the Director of Operations for ArtStream, Inc. LOVE!
Greg Meyer (Mark) MONTGOMERY PLAYHOUSE: The Wizard of Oz (Hunk/Scarecrow), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Schroeder); THEATRE-BY-THE-GROVE: A Christmas Carol (Fezziwig); APPLE HILL PLAYHOUSE: Fiddler on the Roof (Motel). Greg would like to thank his friends and family, especially Leah, for helping to make this dream come true.
Alicia Osborn (Ensemble) REGIONAL: Bowie Center for Performing Arts: All Shook Up (Natalie/Ed), Peter Pan (Wendy), High School Musical (Taylor), Once Upon A Mattress. LAUREL MILL: Pippin. BOWIE PLAYHOUSE: The King and I, Scrooge..the Stingiest Man in Town!(Martha Crachit). Annapolis Summer Garden Theater: Godspell(Joanne). Much love to all my family, friends, cast and crew for supporting me and to Craig for giving me this tremendous opportunity. Measure in love!
Jase Parker (Angel) WASHINGTON SAVOYARDS: Trial by Jury (The Learned Judge), The Condensed Mikado (Ko-Ko), The Pirates of Penzance (Samuel), Babes in Toyland(Roderigo), Iolanthe (The Lord Chancellor - DC Theatre Scene 2009 Audience Choice Award nomination). KEEGAN THEATRE: Man of La Mancha (Anselmo). CAPITAL FRINGE 2009: Count Dracula's Café (Server). KENNEDY CENTER: Such Sweet Thunder (Dance U/S). IMAGINATION STAGE: Disney's MULAN (Soldier U/S). EDUCATION: The Catholic University of America, 2007, BM in Musical Theatre, Magna Cum Laude. At last, one of his dream roles. Thanks, KAT!
Jacqueline Salvador (Ensemble) KENSINGTON ARTS THEATER: The Rocky Horror Show. RIVERSIDE DINNER THEATER: Let Your Hair Down, Rapunzel. STAGEDOOR PRODUCTIONS: Smokey Joe's Café. GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY: Street Scene, Amahl and the Night Visitors, L'Elisir d'Amore, A Night of Broadway Concert. COLONIAL FORGE HIGH SCHOOL: Guys and Dolls, Grease. Thank you to my family and friends for being super supportive.
Autumn Seavey (Maureen) SIGNATURE: The Hollow. CSC: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), James and the Giant Peach (Miss Spider), tick, tick...BOOM! (Karessa, others), A Year with Frog and Toad (Turtle, others). LRST: Kiss Me, Kate (Kate), West Side Story (Maria), The Pajama Game. ART: The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), Nunsense II (Leo). PRTG: Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene). MARSHALL UNIVERSITY: Hair (Sheila), The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne), Steel Magnolias (Annelle). Proud Marshall University graduate 2007, BFA Acting. Thanks to KAT for this opportunity and Mom and Matthew for being the greatest humans alive.
Brook Urquhart (Ensemble) Bowen McCauley Dance company member. KAT: The Rocky Horror Show (ensemble). Holy Cross: Joseph...Dreamcoat (ensemble/tango pas); High School Musical 2 (Zeke). Baltimore Ballet: Nutcracker (chinese soloist); Scheherazade (pas de trois). Miami City Ballet. Balanchines Western Symphony. Corps de Ballet: Symphony in C (soloist). Adrenaline Dance Team (choreographer).
ABBREVIATIONSAT - Adventure Theatre, ATMTC - Adventure Theatre Musical Theatre Center, BP - British Players, CC - Creative Cauldron, ESP - Elden Street Players, FMT - Foothill Music Theater, HBP - Hard Bargain Players, IS - Imagination Stage, LTC - Landless Theatre Company, QVT - Quest Visual Theatre, RCP - Reston Community Players, RMT - Rockville Musical Theatre, SBMT - South Bay Music Theatre, SP - Sunnyvale Players, TFT - Taking Flight Theatre, VTC - Vienna Theatre Company, WS - Washington Savoyards, WT - Workhouse Theatre

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