The iconic rock musical “Rent” on stage at Penguin Point Productions
“We’re thrilled to put our own spin on such an iconic piece in musical theater history, especially with a show that still feels so real and relevant in today’s climate,” said director Jamaal Solomon, who also plays the role of anarchist-philosopher. , Tom Collins. “As a community theater group, our performances must reflect both the spirit of our community and its diversity. We wanted to create an environment where people from all walks of life would feel seen and could come together to celebrate love and life.
Set in New York’s East Village at the height of the AIDS crisis, “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 cultural phenomenon, with a story that still resonates as strongly with audiences today as it did more than 25 years ago, when his Broadway debut showcased the world. to a new kind of musical – modern, real and raw.
“The discrimination and atomization caused by capitalism can have painful and heartbreaking impacts on the lives of good people, and I think ‘Rent’ shows us that in a very honest and beautiful way,” the actor said. Alex Storer, who plays troubled filmmaker Mark Cohen. “Mark is a dream role for me as I have a strong connection to his internal conflict between his desire for stability and security and his need to express himself and create. I am thrilled to bring my personal experience with this conflict to this role.
Actor Zach Smith, who plays Roger Davis — an HIV-positive rock musician trying to write a perfect song before his time runs out — also finds a personal connection to his character through the show’s rock score.
“When I started out in the theater community, I was drawn to ‘Rent’ because it was the first time I had heard a musical with a ‘rock opera’ vibe,” Smith said. He says Roger’s musical aspirations resonate with his from years ago. “My buddies and I once tried to form a band playing in one of our parents’ garage for the neighborhood kids. Trying to make a name for himself and write that “One Great Song” – to no avail, of course. We were just kids after all, but it’s a memory I will cherish forever. As someone who grew up listening to a lot of classic and alternative rock music, this show was perfect for me.
Alongside Solomon, Storer and Smith, the cast of “Rent” includes Iris M. Johnson (Mimi Marquez), Aubrey Gore (Maureen Johnson), Natalia Medina (Joanne Jefferson), Cesar Montenegro (Angel Dumott Schunard), Jacob Eaddy ( Benjamin Coffin III) and a multi-talented ensemble consisting of Hailey Marquez, Rubin Orellano, Xavier Crawford, Rebecca DeJesus, Nate Hernandez, Rachel Geib, Alyssa Perez and Paul Pelletier, Jr.
“Rent” is presented under special arrangements with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
Penguin Point Productions
1220 Oviedo Mall Boulevard
Oviedo, FL 32765
Friday August 12 at 7 p.m.
Saturday August 13 at 7 p.m.
Sunday August 14 at 2 p.m.
$20 (discounts available for seniors and students.)
Learn more about Penguin Point Productions
Penguin Point Productions is a one-stop-shop for performing arts classes, camps, costume and community theater located in the commercial center of Oviedo. Offerings include art, dance, music, drama, and writing classes for students from preschool through adult; summer camps for K-12 students; a community collection of costumes and props; and community theater for all audiences. Learn more at penguinpointproductions.com.
Caroline Hull, production manager
Learn more about Good Vibes Theater Co.
Founded in 2021 in Oviedo, Florida, Good Vibes Theater Co. is dedicated to creating a positive and diverse community where artists can collaborate, create and grow. The company is led by Jamaal K. Solomon, Iris M. Johnson and Justin J. Scarlat. Past productions include last summer’s Heathers: The Musical and this spring’s Miscast Cabaret. Learn more at goodvibestheatreco.com.
Annie Lovelock, Marketing Director