OVIEDO, Florida. — Good Vibes Theater Co. is set to perform its take on the Broadway rock musical “Rent” at Penguin Point Productions in the Oviedo Mall in August.
According to the band, the show – set in New York’s East Village at the height of the AIDS crisis – is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.
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“We’re thrilled to put our own spin on such an iconic piece in musical theater history, especially with a show that still feels so real and relevant in today’s climate,” said director Jamaal Solomon, who also plays the role of actor for anarchist-philosopher. Tom Collins on the show. “As a community theater group, our performances must reflect both the spirit of our community and its diversity. We wanted to create an environment where people from all walks of life would feel seen and could come together to celebrate love and life.
“Rent,” written by Jonathan Larson, won four Tony Awards in 1996 for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Performance by a Star Actor in a Musical, as well as a Pulitzer Prize. for the theatre.
Actor Zach Smith, who plays the character of HIV-positive rock musician Roger Davis, said he found a personal connection to his character through the show’s rock ‘n’ roll score.
“When I started out in the theater community, I was drawn to ‘Rent’ because it was the first time I had heard a musical with a ‘rock opera’ vibe,” Smith said. “My buddies and I once tried to form a band, playing in one of our parents’ garage for neighborhood kids, trying to make a name for ourselves and write this ‘One Great Song’ – to no avail, of course. We were only kids, after all, but it’s a memory I’ll cherish forever. As someone who grew up listening to a lot of classic and alternative rock music, this show suited me perfectly.
Performances of “Rent” are scheduled for August 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and August 14 at 2 p.m. Admission is $20 per person with discounts for seniors and students.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Penguin Point Productions website here.
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