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Rent Slated to Hit Walton This Weekend

The Tony Award winning musical Rent is coming to Walton Auditorium May 18 and 19, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. (photo by Bruce Weller)

The Tony Award winning musical Rent is coming to Walton Auditorium May 18 and 19, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Theater students have been practicing for this performance since March and are excited to entertain audiences both nights.

“In times of uncertainty and varying levels of hopelessness in the world, as a director I feel the need to express my absolute gratitude to this production team,” said Director Mo West. “For their willingness to boldly transmit their individual and collective messages of love, resilience, and hope with this work. This marks the end of a season designed to address social issues for which members of arts communities have used their voices and gifts as platforms.”

Twenty years after making its Broadway debut Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences of all ages. The show follows seven struggling artists over the course of an entire year trying to follow their dreams, without selling out. The musical reminds audiences to measure life using the only scale that truly matters—love.

George School’s performance of Rent stars Christian Brodbeck ’18 as Mark, Eric Ruziskey ’20 as Roger, Elliot Landor ’18 as Benny, Julia Smith ’18 as Mimi, Ike Osenberg ’19 as Collins, Sean Whalen ’21 as Angel, Kat Stein ’18 as Joanne, Kayla McDow ’20 as Maureen, Penzi Hill ’20 as Alexi Darling, Thomas Zeng ’19 as Paul, and Daniel Ortiz ’21 as Gordon. Members of the company include Kelly Banfield ’20, Julia Carrigan ’20, Maggie Popkin ’20, Kira Barich ’21, Georgia Creager ’18, Hana Sparks-Woodford ’20, Will Buxton ’21, Cooper Feiner ’20, Sidney Walters ’19, Abby Byrtus ’20, and Katie Kendrick ’20.

The show’s student production team includes Stage Manager Raven Zhan ’20, Student Directors Sophia Guo ’18, and Susan Robinson-Cloete ’20, Projection Designer Brooke Angle ’18, and Sound Designer Zach Wander ’18.

The orchestra will also perform during musical numbers.

Both performances are free and open to the public.

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