Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

Starting Arts is excited to provide another opportunity for local student performers to stretch their abilities and move away from their comfort zones! And it is truly thrilling for us that the directing team is comprised of Starting Arts Dream Team alumni, Lindsay Denton, Katelin Foley, and Nic Kane.

Ages: 14-19 (as of June 1st, 2019)
Dates: July 1-28, 2019 (cast and parent talk regarding content on the first day)
Days/Times: Mon-Fri, 5pm-9pm
Rehearsal Location: Starting Arts Studios- 525 Parrott Street in San Jose
Tech Rehearsal/Performance Location (Monday, July 22-Sunday, July 28): Starbright Theatre in Campbell
Cost: $425