‘Rent’: Jonathan Larson’s seven-year rock musical project
Arts & Life Editor
SUBMITTED PHOTO / LORII TRAVERS FOR THE AQUINAS
THE STUDENT-RUN organization, Liva Arts Company, photographed during rehearsal. Liva members have been working on the production of ‘Rent’ since February and are eager to perform April 30 to May 2 at Elm Park Methodist Church. This is the second time Liva has performed ‘Rent.’ The first production had an amazing outcome and won the Program of the Year Award.
The Liva Arts Company will present the award-winning rock musical “Rent” from April 30 to May 2.
Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” takes place in the East Village of New York City in the ‘90s during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. A group of impoverished people have to learn to cope with their disease, fight to feed themselves and face almost unimaginable hardships.
Each character has his or her own unique challenges, which is what makes “Rent” such an amazing show. Despite the time difference, the characters’ struggles are incredibly relatable.
“(‘Rent’) is also a show that everyone kind of can relate to, in a sense that everybody has once in a blue moon been discriminated (against) for something, so it’s a good way to connect and bond in different ways,” Johnathan McNamee, president of Liva, said.
The University’s student-run organization chose “Rent” through a proposal process.
“We have a proposal process where a person who wants to direct a show will come up and present a show to the board,” McNamee said.
The board includes junior McNamee as president, senior Lori Travers as secretary, junior Andrea Marano as vice president, junior Kyle Rodgers as product manager and senior Jessica Lavery as treasurer.
Lavery proposed “Rent,” which the board felt was a good fit for the semester; however, this is not the first time Liva is presenting “Rent.”
“They did ‘Rent’ six years ago, and they won the Program of the Year Award,” McNamee said.
Because the previous production of “Rent” was so successful, McNamee is a little anxious for this year’s production.
“A little bit (nervous), but I’m confident in the cast that we have and the people that it should just bring out the same outcome,” McNamee said.
Liva held auditions in February and have been working on the show since.
Come see the show at 8 p.m. April 30 and May 1, or 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. May 2 at Elm Park Methodist Church. Go to Liva’s Facebook page to reserve your ticket.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 for students with their student IDs and $10 for general admission. Students can also pay using their Royal cards.