"Rent" went on to become a huge success, sweeping the Tony's and winning a Pulitzer Prize. The original production ran for 12 years on Broadway, a total of more than 5,100 performances.
"Rent" has a somewhat unusual pedigree: it was based on Puccini's opera "LaBoheme," but transferred from 19th century Paris to 1980's Manhattan, specifically the Lower East Side. The play, which was written and scored by Jonathan Larson, focused on a variety of characters, their lives and their loves in the time when the specter of AIDS Under Armour Shoes Green was ravaging that tiny community.
that the cast's enthusiasm about "Rent" is infectious.
Addario is also touched personally by the play. "As a gay man, this speaks to me more so than any play I have ever done. And I am extremely proud that this group is willing to do it with kids from the suburbs and expose them to a story about drugs and AIDs and transgendered people."
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Both Henry and Vicarro, who has been with YPCCA for seven years, admit to being drawn to the complexity of their respective characters as well as the hold the show has over them. "Mimi is a dancer, and I've been dancing my whole life, and that's one of the reasons I tried out for the role," Henry said.
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It's more than the mere size of the cast that merits attention, Addario noted. "This is definitely the most challenging piece we have ever done."
"It's my favorite musical," she said following a recent rehearsal. "It's such a great, such a powerful show."
And yet, out of that mix of pain and hurt and loss, Larson was able to fashion something remarkable, assistant director Ryan Morann Addario said. Tragically, Larson died of an aortic aneurysm on the day the play was to begin rehearsals.
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"This is my ninth year with YPCCA, and I have never seen enthusiasm like this. They love it; they talk about it all the time. The kids are so excited about it Under Armour Curry 3 Lux
they're selling it for us," Addario said.
The cast includes some 87 people, Addario said. "That's the biggest cast we have had in at least 15 years," he said.
"They are such wonderful kids; we learn things from them every day," Addario said.
"Every day coming in here, I love what I am doing. I think how lucky and rare it is to come to work on Monday and I love what I am doing!" he said.
And yet, even with such a large cast, Mansfield and Addario have managed to get the show performance ready in a little more than three weeks.
Speaking of the characters, "You see them grow a lot," explains Viccaro, who plays Joanne, a lawyer who is in love with Maureen, a troubled artist. "We have a lot of issues," Viccaro acknowledged drily.
EAST HAMPTON For the past 29 summers, YPCCA, the Young People's Center for Creative Arts, has presented a wide variety of musicals and has done so drawing upon a wealth of young talent from throughout central Connecticut.
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"They're better than ever musical theater performers, because they grew up with Disney VHS tapes that they could play over and over again," and in doing so, learn the words and music, he explained. "I was watching 'Beauty and the Beast' twice a day for three years!" Addario admits, which he acknowledges was great training.
In large part, that's because, "It's kind of the show for our generation," actress Rachel Viccaro of Middlefield explained. "We can really relate to it."
This year, artistic director Rachel Mansfield and her team have chosen a strong play with a strong message. The play is Jonathan Larson's "Rent," in what may be the perfect marriage of a cast and a play.
Henry, an eight year veteran of YPCCA, plays "Mimi," a stripper with AIDS. "It's a sad show because you're dealing with these huge things." But, Henry said, for actors, their roles are a dream. "The characters are so complex."
Fellow performer Martha Henry of East Hampton agreed.
advantage of a unique form of training.
But by the same token, "The talent we have this summer is pretty astounding," Addario said. He doesn't make that assessment lightly' a YPCCA veteran, Addario has acted in a number of Equity productions.
Now, in a student version, "Rent" is coming to East Hampton High School for four performances this weekend. on Sunday.
Tickets for "Rent" are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors and for students under 12.
But the play is about more than sorrow and loss, Addario continued. "This is about the immediacy of life; it's very wholesome, family friendly show about love and friendship."
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