The Charleston Light Opera Guild presents RENT

OrchestraBox office opened last Monday (July 20) for the Charleston Light Opera Guild’s second summer theatre production of the rock opera RENT at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre.

RENT is a rock opera with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Boehme. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of AIDS.

Performances at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre will start on July 31, followed by performances on August 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday August 2, at 3:00 p.m. The Light Opera Guild’s production stars Ryan Hardiman as Roger, Chris Conard as Mark, Michael Barnes as Tom Collins, Beth Winkler Bowden as Mimi Marquez, Nakeila Killing as Joanne, Nathan Mohebbi as Angel, Mara Stewart as Maureen, D’laontie Lewis as Benjamin Coffin, III. Other cast members include Ann McBurney, Kris Corbett, Madeline Gourevich, Michael Rose, Sarah Plata, Cassie Sorrells, Jessica Sensabaugh, Kristen Pennington, Paul Shannon, Cassia King, Megan Green, Nicholas Foster, Jessica Gardner, Shakira martin, Kevin Swafford, Joanna Radow and John-Phillip Perry. RENT is directed & choreographed by Nina Denton Pasinetti, musical director is Bobby Hodges, Jr. and accompanist is Mark Scarpelli. The Guild’s Summer Theatre is sponsored by Mrs. Alex Schoenbaum.

Tickets are reserved at $20 each and may be picked up in person at the Little Theatre box office Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or by calling (304) 343-2287.