Rent (2012)

Rent was performed at The Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, between Monday 14th May and Saturday 19th May 2012.

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centres around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story.

Synopsis

Based on Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, ‘Rent’ tells the story of one year in the life of friends living the Bohemian life in modern day East Village, New York City, 1989-1990.

Among the group are our narrator, nerdy love-struck filmmaker Mark Cohen; the object of Mark’s affection, his former girlfriend, Maureen Johnson; Maureen’s Harvard-educated public interest lawyer and lesbian lover Joanne Jefferson; Mark’s roommate, HIV-positive musician and former junkie, Roger Davis; Roger’s new girlfriend, the HIV-positive drug addicted S&M dancer, Mimi Marquez; their former roommate, HIV-positive computer genius Tom Collins; Collins’ HIV-positive drag queen street musician/lover Angel; and Benjamin Coffin III, a former member of the group who married for money and has since become their landlord and the opposite of everything they stand for. Shows how much changes or doesn’t change in the 525,600 minutes that make up a year.

The Cast & Crew

The Cast

Roger – Sam Barson
Mark – George Lamb
Tom – Matt Fry
Angel – Ben Alvey
Mimi – Beth Yearsley
Benjamin – Dan Bates
Maureen – Catherine Tuckey
Joanne – Andrea Nicolaou
Mr Jefferson/Junkie/Mr Grey – Martin Holtom
Mrs Jefferson/Homeless – Mina Machin
Mark’s Mom/Vendor – Carolyn Smith
Roger’s Mom/Vendor – Cheryl Camm
Mimi’s Mom/Police Officer – Jane Cottee
Alexi Darling/Vendor – Steph Gray-Blest
Gordon/Homeless/Junkie/Restaurant Man – Chris Toon
Homeless People – Naomi Cummins, Rachel Bates, Heather Gilbert, Claire Farrand, Taylor Amerman, Sarah Nicholson
Ali/Police Officer – Jackie Rawling
Pam/Homeless – Rachel Van Krimpen
Sue/Police Officer – Sarah Stewart
Paul/Junkie – Craig Butterworth
Blanket Woman/Homeless – Lisa Smith
Police Officers – Hannah Lake, Ruth Maddison
Junkies – Lydia Fry, Rachel Pinhorn
Squeegieman/Pastor – James Capel
Vendor – Helen Nuttall

The Production Team

Director – Russ Singleton
Production Manager – Lisa Smith
Musical Director – Morris Fisher
Choreographer – Craig Butterworth

The Band

Keyboard 1 – Gareth Jones
Keyboard 2 – Tim Wright
Guitar 1 – Liz Carney-Marsh
Guitar 2 – Luis Ogando
Bass Guitar – Jeff Widdowson
Drums – Ben Marples