Meet the cast of RENT!
You can rock out this spring at Quincy Community Theatre! We are so excited to share the cast for our upcoming spring musical production of RENT! The production will mark the second entry in QCT’s historic 100th anniversary season.
Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 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. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught all to measure their life in love.
The main stage musical production is under the direction of Quincy Community Theatre Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen.
“So much of the story of RENT is the ability to overcome fear in order to make a decision and move forward in life, especially in the face of uncertainty” says Thomsen. “I am so grateful that these 16 actors had the confidence to audition for this show. They bring such enthusiasm to rehearsals and a deep commitment to discovering the heart of this rock musical.”
RENT features a robust cast of 16 performers. For many in the cast, this is their QCT debut. The cast of RENT includes Trey Ehrhart as Mark Cohen, Lance Frederick as Roger Davis, Michael D. Perkins as Tom Collins, Kar’Mel D. Brewer as Benjamin Coffin III, Kristen Houston as Joanne Jefferson, Jordan Archibald (Elektra Lite) as Angel Dumott Schunard, Mekia Gay as Mimi Marquez, Bailey Link as Maureen Johnson, , and rounding out the ensemble are Jayden Dryer, Mason Ellison, Adrienne Fisk, Sean Major, Joshua Ramseyer, Kate Runfola, Julie Schuetz, and Maurice Silas The production team of RENT includes both longtime QCT volunteers and newcomers to the theatre. Jeri Conboy and Dan Conboy are serving as Stage Managers, Kristin Ramseyer as Vocal Director, Alison Shafer as Choreographer, Erin Thibodaux as Lighting Designer, Natalie Rose Mabry as Scenic Designer, Valerie Hernandez as Costume Designer, Nathan Holthaus as Sound Designer, Kris Kutcher as the hair consultant, and Drew Quintero and Pichi Fernandez as Props Coordinators.
“The production team for this show is top-notch,” says Thomsen. “They are each highly skilled in their respective crafts and dedicated to giving our actors and audiences a theatrical experience that is going to rock!”
Tickets start at $27 and go on sale Monday, March 27. Flex Season Ticket holders may reserve seats beginning Wednesday, March 15. The performances are April 21 and 22 at 7:30 PM, April 23 at 2 PM, April 27-29 at 7:30 PM, and April 30 at 2 PM. Seating is reserved.
An interactive Discovery Night for RENT will be held Tuesday, April 11 at 6 PM at QCT. The free event will give participants a view into the production process with discussion on the show’s topics and culminate with a preview of a rehearsal! In addition, immediately following the Friday, April 28 performance, there will be a Q&A talkback session with the cast and crew.
For more information, visit 1qct.org or call the QCT Box Office, located in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, at 217.222.3209.
RENT is sponsored by Knapheide and KHQA. QCT’s 2023 Season is sponsored by Gardner Denver.
Content Advisory: RENT features content that makes reference to substance abuse and suicide and contains some strong language.