Afton Community Theater will present the musical, “Rent” for two weekends in March.
The musical is an amped up, modern take on Puccini’s opera, “La Boheme.” The story line follows a dynamic cast of eight young bohemian characters over the course of a year. With the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s as a looming backdrop, they face the joys and despairs of falling in love, fighting their vices, coping with loss, and learning what it means to live and love for today, all while facing mortality itself, according to a media release. Given the intensity of the subject matter, the show is recommended for audiences of 16 or older.
The cast includes Michael Graziano as Mark, Mark Durkee as Roger, Danika Clair as Mimi, Frank Joseph as Angel, Jonathon Stockton as Collins, Jackie Olson as Maureen, Doddy Crisell as Joanne and Scott Germond as Benny.
Director is Cameron Kinnear, who has worked locally with Afton Community Theater, Tri-Town Theater, Out of the Woodwork players, and Orpheus. ACT’s production of “Rent” features choreography by Kayleigh Shuler, who recently booked her first national tour. Sound design is by Steve Samsonik with lighting design by Ethan Vail.
Rent will open at the Afton High School Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. It will continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15. It’s recommended that tickets be purchased in advance, online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/565232. Tickets will also be sold at the door, one hour before the beginning of each show.