Lessons of Love and Loss Presented by MCCC
Theatre Students in "Rent" at Kelsey Theatre Apr. 9-18
N.J. -- With its enduring lessons of love, loss and living life
to the fullest, the groundbreaking rock opera, "Rent,"
will be performed by Mercer County Community College Theatre students
and community actors at the college's Kelsey Theatre in April. Dates
and show times for this unforgettable musical based on Giacomo Puccini's
La Boheme are: Fridays, April 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, April
10 and 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, April 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Kelsey
Theatre is located on Mercer's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
captures the avant garde lifestyle and creative energy of a group
of friends living on Manhattan's Lower East Side in the early 1990s
under the growing shadow of the AIDS/HIV epidemic. With music and
lyrics by Jonathan Larson, the show was presented first as a workshop
production, and eventually moved to Broadway. Running for 12 years
before closing in 2008, "Rent" is credited with introducing
a younger generation of theatre goers to the power and relevance
of musical theatre.
to Director Jody Person, who coordinates the MCCC Theatre/Dance
program, this production will keep "Rent heads" happy,
while remaining true to the spirit of Larson's original work. "The
show will be grittier and less colorful than the Broadway production,"
Person explains. "We want to capture the atmosphere of the
artistic scene in the East Village at that time." The show's
essential message of love, as seen through the eyes of the character
Angel, will remain at the forefront. "Angel is the light who
leads the characters to love," Person said.
sense of realism will be amplified when cast members visit the Life
Café, located in the East Village, later this month. The
café is the inspiration for one of the show's defining scenes
when the friends gather at a local restaurant and proceed to turn
the place upside down as they sing their anthem, "La Vie Boheme."
"The owner of the café will talk with the students about
the time period they are recreating," Person said.
left, T.J. Walton, Rachel Rocco, Alejandro
Hernandez (back), Jessica Stanley, Nicole Patrick, Veronica Furman,
Kim Konczos and Stephanie Moon.
left, Carl Rogers, Theodocia Rovira, T.J. Walton,
Taylor Pickett-Stokes and Mike Skerianz;
foreground: David Walter and Mandee Leigh.
left, Jonathan Polanco as Angel, Brandon Maxwell as Mark, and Ricardo
Rodriquez as Tom Collins
production stars Brandon Maxwell of Hamilton as Mark; Veronica Furman
of Brooklyn, NY, as Joanne; Alejandro Hernandez of Allentown as Benny;
Nicole Patrick of Columbus as Maureen; Jonathan V. Polanco of Hamilton
as Angel; Jeremy Robinson as Roger; Ricardo L. Rodriquez of Trenton as
Tom Collins; and Jessica Stanley of Lawrenceville as Mimi.
members include Fydrah Cherbin of Hamilton, Kimberly C. Konczos of Hamilton,
Mandee Leigh of Levittown, PA, Stephanie Moon of New Brunswick, Taylor
Pickett-Stokes of Trenton, Rachel Rocco of Hamilton, Carl Rogers of Trenton,
Theodocia Rovira of Hamilton, Michael Skerianz of Jackson, David M. Walter
of Hamilton, and T.J. Walton of East Brunswick.
Person adds that the production's stage
manager, Theresa Zicolello, is a Renthead who has seen the show many times.
"She loves the direction show is going in. She feels fresh moments
are being found, but the heart of the show is very much intact."
are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for students. The show contains
adult themes and language and is not recommended for young people under
16. Tickets may be purchased online,
in person at the Kelsey Theatre box office, or by phone at 609-570-3333.
Free parking is available next to the theatre. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair
accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request.
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