Rent opens at Forum Theatre

February 26, 2015

 

By Staci Gass

 

El Paso Community College Theater Group opened Rent this past week.  

 

They had performances beginning Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon.

 

 Their last show will be on March 1. 

 

 

 Photo by Staci Gass / Tejano Tribune

The cast of Rent, after their Sunday performance, takes time to meet their audience.

 

 

 

 The show takes place in New York City beginning on Christmas Eve.

 

 It follows a group of friends that are infected with HIV/AIDS.  

 

It follows a year in their lives.  

 

This musical has been produced all across the nation, from its debut in New York City to even a major motion picture.  

 

“Working with the cast of Rent has opened my eyes to how beautiful theatre can be,” Rebecca Shaw, who is an extra in the production, said.

 

 “The energy of the cast as a whole developed and made this experience more than worthwhile.”

 

Stating that his father was a “triple-threat” during his younger days, sound board operator Joseph Yanez said he was proud to be part of the theater experience and contribute in his own way.

 

“It was like a generational, coming of age type of thing for me,” Yanez said.

 

“I wanted to bring Roger’s and Mimi’s characters to life in my own way as my contribution to the show.”  

 

A self-titled dramatic actress, Eurydice Saucedo, who plays the character of Joanne Jefferson, said she enjoys the “dramatic” parts of the play more.

 

 “The story is based on love and breaking the traditional boundaries,” she said. “In the end it is all about love.” 

 

Rent is a Broadway play written by the late Jonathon Larson.  It was originally produced by the New York Theater Workshop in New York City and on Broadway by Jeffery Seller, Kevin McCollum, and Allan S. Gordon.

 

EPCC’s production was directed and designed by Keith Townsend.  

 

The last performance is on March 1 at 2:30 p.m.  at the Transmountain Forum Theatre.

 

 Price is $7 for students and $15 standard admission.    

 

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