Off The Leash Theatre Company is proud to present RENT running from the 24thAugust to 1st September 2018 at the West Gippsland Arts Centre.
Directed by Todd Miller, Musically Directed by EstherWhite, Choregraphed by Rachel O’Dwyer and Production Managed by Leane Gooding.
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is aboutfalling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the TonyAward for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become apop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates withaudiences of all ages.
Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT follows ayear in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city.They include Mark, a filmmaker and the narrator of the story; his formergirlfriend, Maureen, a performance artist; Maureen’s lover, Joanne, a publicinterest lawyer; Mark’s roommate Roger, a musician; Mimi, an exotic dancer,with whom Roger falls in love; Tom Collins, a computer genius; Collins’ lover,Angel, a street musician and drag queen; and Benny, a former member of thegroup who, after marrying into a wealthy family, has become their landlord. Howthese young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loved and conflicts, against abackdrop of the 1990s AIDSs epidemic, provides the narrative thread for thisground-breaking musical.