Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble presents the Pulitzer prize and Tony award winning musical RENT
“No Day But Today!”
Showing Dec 9th at 2pm and 8pm
The Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble is producing its inaugural production, the highly acclaimed Tony, Drama Desk and Pulitzer Prize winning musical RENT. With book, music and lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, RENT is a story of life, love, and dealing with HIV/AIDS during the turn of the millennium. Tickets are only $8.00 each and are being sold in advance at the Valborg Theatre Lobby in Chapell Wilson Hall from 2:00 until 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be sold at the door beginning one hour prior to each performance.
Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of four of the main characters. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
This production is the regional premiere of the work, which has never been produced in the High Country. RENT involves over four-dozen students in the cast, crew and live orchestra, representing 18 different academic majors from across the entire university. The company is under the co-direction of senior theatre major Jonathan Green and Keith Martin, the John M. Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Theatre. Musical direction is by Dr. Joby Bell with vocal direction by Dr. Linda Larson, both faculty members in the Hayes School of Music. The production is purposefully timed to coincide with World AIDS Day, celebrated nationally on December 1, which commemorates the lives of all of those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.
Rosen Concert Hall is located in the Broyhill Music Center at the Hayes School of Music, 813 Rivers Street in Boone. Free parking for the Sunday performances is available on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons, the Stadium Lot, and the Raley Parking Lot.
RENT. Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson, Musical Arrangements by Steve Skinner, Original Concept/Additional Lyrics by Billy Aronson, Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements Tim Weil, Dramaturg Lynn Thomson. RENT was originally produced by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop. RENT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com
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