RENT: 14th-17th September 2016
Five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year in the life?
PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN IN REHEARSAL
Photos reproduced with permission from KNOX Studios
This exhilarating landmark musical tells the thrilling story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess.
Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La Boheme, RENT features unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the much-loved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me of Leave Me and La Vie Boheme.
Larson’s score blends pop, dance, dance, salsa, rhythm and blues, gospel, and rock music, while his characters update those of Puccini: Rodolfo, the lovelorn poet, is resurrected in punk-rocker Roger; Marcello the painter becomes Mark the videographer; Mimi trades tuberculosis for HIV. “In both productions,” Wiederhorn noted, “the main characters are threatened with eviction and burn their written work to stay warm.” Larson, however, leavens the lost dreams and lives with his show’s “emphasis on love, friendship, and survival.”
THE REHEARSAL FEATURETTE
On the 31st May 2016 the journey began as the doors opened to auditionees for roles within the ensemble. Through this process we were really excited to be able to cast an ensemble of 24, from a wide range of backgrounds with lots of different personal experiences they could bring to RENT.
With the perfomance venue being a traditional proscenium arch style theatre, we removed all the tabs, walkways, screens and curtains from the stage leaving it completely bare and open to allow for a scaffold set to be constructed giving different levels to create the locations we needed for RENT.
Taken in mid June, we met up with some of the principals to find out some more about the show and to see how rehearsals were going
Video produced by John Dalziel
RENT: Feature trailer produced in colaboration with KNOX Studios
THE DIRECTORS' INTRODUCTION TO RENT @ SECOND ACT THEATRE
This is very much a year of anniversaries. It is 20 years since the first performance of RENT and we have been the resident theatre company in the Jubilee Theatre for 25 years.
I formed First Act Theatre at The Tyne Theatre and Opera House in 1990 and in September 1991 we were invited to move into The Jubilee Theatre by the NHS Mental Health Trust.
When we first moved into the theatre it had no lighting or sound equipment, seating and was lit by hideous strip lighting and we had a bare empty very dirty stage.
Over the past 25 years, thanks to grants from The Lottery Fund, The Foundation for Sports & the Arts, private donations and our own fund-raising we now have a fantastic fully equipped theatre.
Second Act Theatre was created to cater primarily for past members of First Act Theatre who still wanted to continue performing.
I have always loved RENT and when the opportunity arose to obtain the performing rights to perform the show it just had to be done. (Although I had officially retired from the production side of the theatre).
We had open auditions to find our cast and we were so fortunate to find the cast we have for this production. They are from all over the North East and not only are they so talented and hard working, but they are the nicest group of people that I have ever had the pleasure to work with.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
BARRY WILMOT JENNI WATSON JOE DIGGLE BOBBY TROTTER
Production Director Assistant MD Musical Director Director