The talented cast of College of the Siskiyous' production of "Rent" does the 1996 Pulitzer Prize winning hit proud as they sing, dance and act with electric energy. This is the final weekend for "Rent" with performances March 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and March 22 at 2 p.m.
The famed Broadway musical “Rent” opened last weekend at College of the Siskiyous and a one word review could only be “Wow!”
The talented cast does the 1996 Pulitzer Prize winning hit proud as they sing, dance and act with electric energy.
Loosely based on the 1896 opera La Boheme by Puccini, the story revolves around a bunch of young artists and others living in a New York loft where they are behind in the rent. They live, love and question the world with complete abandon.
“Rent” is a rock and roll opera told almost entirely in song. The cast sings its heart out on difficult numbers requiring wide vocal ranges.
Standouts include the duet, “Take Me As I Am,” with Ashley Hirsh and Sara Thornton that had the audience cheering before they even finished the number. Talk about high energy and singing talent.
Liz Henson as Mimi heats up the action singing and dancing “Out Tonight” in attempt to seduce Roger, played by Jordan Hunter. Henson’s range is huge as she goes from rock and roll hottie to romantic balladeer with ease.
Jason Gigliotti brings down the house as drag queen Angel. His Christmas Santa outfit is a sight to behold. Gigliotti is a fine actor who brings a lot of pathos to the role.
Veteran actor Aaron Clemens, last seen in “The Producers,” brings a high level of acting and singing to the part of Angel’s lover Tom.
“Rent” is not The Sound of Music. It explores a variety of adult issues including homosexuality and drug use.
Director Wendy James, who comes to the college with Emmy Award winning talent, deserves a lot of credit for bringing this level of entertainment to the COS stage.
A live band brings a wonderful intimacy to the musical score.
Rent will make you laugh, choke back tears, put chills down your spine and cheer for the players. The cast is passionate, talented and alive with energy. Go see it.
Rent plays at College of the Siskiyous in Weed March 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and March 22 at 2 p.m.
For more information visit www.siskiyous.edu/theatre or call 530-938-5373.