No day but today!
After waiting for the rights to this epic show to become available, the Academy is so excited to offer this groundbreaking and passionate show as our teen workshop this summer.
This will be our 22nd annual “teen” show, for students who wish to pursue their craft at a high level. Although all of our workshops at the Academy are run professionally, this particular workshop will be focussed on training students who may wish to pursue musical theatre as a career, or wish to take their skills to the next level. Alumni of our teen shows over the years have gone on to careers in professional theatre, including the Stratford Festival, Mirvish, and even Broadway.
We very carefully choose our show for this workshop each year to insure that there are meaty roles for all of our star performers, a powerful musical score, and excellent dance opportunities, so that all of our cast have the chance to perform as true “triple threats.” We also look for a show that weighs powerful, and often difficult, social issues, as an integral part of our two weeks together is to provide a safe space in circle discussions to air different ideas and opinions about the themes and issues of the show. In this way, we can learn more about each other as fellow humans, and truly know what it’s like to “walk in someone else’s shoes.” Rent is an epic show that gives us the perfect opportunity to do all of the above.
Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.
Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, 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.
Rent is exuberant, passionate and joyous. Please note that we will be performing the “school edition” of the show – this adaptation has been carefully done, working with the Larson estate to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song (“Contact”) so that the material is appropriate for our teen performers.
Join us for the most incredible, powerful and rewarding experience you’ll ever have at a summer camp!
Two-week workshop: Jul 29 – Aug 9 , 2019
Mondays through Fridays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
(no workshop on holiday Monday, Aug 5)
The Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa
Thursday, Aug 8th at 1:00 and 7:00 pm
Friday, Aug 9th at 1:00 and 7:00 pm
Ages: 12 – 19
(HST exempt, all workshop materials included. Participants must provide own black performance shoes.)
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Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson