Whittier College Presents Rent-The Musical

HITTIER, CA (February 18, 2011) — Whittier College's theatre department presents Jonathan Larson's Rent the musical on  March 4-5 and 11-12 at 8 p.m. and March 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing  Arts, 6760 Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90608. General Admission, $15; students and seniors, $10, and Whittier student/faculty $5.  For additional information, directions, or to purchase tickets, please call (562) 907-4203, or visit online,www.shannoncenter.org.

Rent is a musical drama about a group of young, struggling artists and musicians trying to make it big in New York’s lower east side and make rent each month. They are all uncertain about their futures. The issue of HIV/AIDS casts a dark shadow on the production but things are kept light with the themes of love and hope. The show centers on Mark Cohen, Roger Davis, Mimi Màrquez, Tom Collins, Angel Dumott Schunard, Maureen Johnson, Joanne Jefferson, Benjamin Coffin III and the struggles that they face individually and as a whole. Throughout the musical, their stories unfold and entangle within one anothers' as they make life-defining decisions and as some of them are forced to realize that life is not permanent.

Rent was one of the longest running shows Broadway and won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award.

Directed and choreographed by theatre professor Jennifer S. Holmes; musical direction by professor Stephen Cook, this is an all student production. The theater department at Whittier puts out several faculty directed productions every year to allow for students to contribute to the theatrical and creative processes.

RENT Cast, Ensemble, and Crew

Max Gallo - Mark Cohen
Cameron Greene - Roger Davis
Wiliama Sanchez - Tom Collins
Elyse Sharp - Joanne Jefferson
Brian Blank - Benjamin Coffin III
Mark Juaton - Angel Dumont Schunard (3/4, 3/5, 3/6)
James Krull - Angel Dumont Schunard (3/11, 3/12, 3/13)
Megan Connell - Mimi Màrquez
Courtney Smith - Maureen Johnson (3/4, 3/5, 3/6)
Madeline Bailey - Maureen Johnson (3/11, 3/12, 3/13)

Alyssa Barrios - Roger's Mom, Featured Dancer
Melanie Hoglund - Restaurant Woman, Cop
Davina Williams - Featured Dancer
Molly Cunningham - Alexi Darling, Featured Dancer
Erik Escobar - Cop, Squeegee Man
Sam Quintanar - Mimi's Mom, Featured Dancer
Helen Romero - Mrs. Jefferson
Jonathan Tupanjanin - Steve, Mr. Jefferson
Jacquie Waldman - Mark's Mom

Jennifer Holmes - Director
Stephen Cook - Musical Director
Dave Mickey - Sound Design
Monica French - Costume Designer
Brian Reed - Scenic/Lighting Design
JR Luker - Technical Director
Jacquie Waldman - Hair & Makeup
Michael Latimer - Asst. Lighting Designer
Colleen Daly - Dance Captain
Brownie Sibrian - Asst. Choreo.
Gracer Dambier - Asst. Hair & Makeup
Jordan Robledo - Asst. Hair &Makeup
TaShaunna Peterman - Dramaturgy
Amy Palmer - Dramaturgy
Emma Ah Sing - Stage Manager/Properties Mistress
Veronica Love - ASM
Sarah Nelson - ASM
Ashley Ramos - Production Asst.