I haven’t been on here in awhile, and I’m really trying to give this blogging thing a go, so I figured I’d let everyone know about RENT.
We’ve got a great cast lined up to perform the musical, RENT, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Pellissippi in August. (We are in no way, shape or form affiliated with PSCC with this production…) It’s a fundraiser to benefit the Hope Center in Knoxville, and we’d love to have as much support as we can get!
The Hope Center was established in 1996 to address the unmet needs of patients infected with HIV in Knox and surrounding 20 counties. Due to gaps in care for this population, Hope Center began developing consistent, practical, and supportive care programs at no charge to inpatients, outpatients, and families affected by HIV and other serious illnesses. The non-profit Center relies entirely on charitable gifts and donations for its existence.
So, you can see it’s a worthy cause, and RENT is a fantastic musical that chronicles a year in the lives of 8 friends who come together under various circumstances. Many think the show is all about AIDS and HIV, but it’s so much more than that; it’s about friendship and how people choose to live their lives. But it is also about AIDS and HIV, and how it affects the lives of people who are gay or straight, and how it can profoundly affect a person even when they don’t have the disease.
It’s about people LIVING with the disease, not dying from it.
I’ll try to blog on the process of the show as we put it together. We’ve had auditions (2 rounds at the beginning of May) and now that I’ve cast the show (oh yeah, I’m the Director!), we have meetings and rehearsals coming up so I’ll get in to all that as we go through it all.
I’m new to blogging, but I’m determined to get the hang of it! And hopefully in the process, I’ll be able to get the word out about RENT and entice you into coming out and supporting us in our endeavor!