RENT was a Hit

Cast Members of RENT. Courtesy of Abe Ariel Photography

Cast Members of RENT. Courtesy of Abe Ariel Photography

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA’s) presentation of RENT was a must see musical theatre production. Lead by drama teacher Mr. Cacciola-Price and vocal teacher Ms. Best, RENT featured two amazing casts and is obviously a musical that received a lot of popularity in FSSA.

The Blue cast included seniors Juliana Betancur playing Mimi, the love interest of Roger who is played by Ricky White. These two shared intense kissing scenes along with even fiercer arguments. As this couple goes through their tear jerking emotional roller coaster you also follow the lesbian love interest of Joanne and Maureen played by the very talented ladies Shanel Bailey and Jada Blair. These ladies truly have voices that make your ears smile.

Cast Members of RENT. Courtesy of Abe Ariel Photography

Cast Members of RENT. Courtesy of Abe Ariel Photography

Filming the character’s lives in RENT is Mark played by Nick Rinaldi. The first song you hear starts off with Mark’s great voice. Along with the many intricate characters and funny homeless personalities, there was a diverse array of characters in the musical.

Characters Tom Collins and Angel represent the gay love interest (Angel is at times referred to as a “ she “ because of his/her transexuality). This heart warming couple really captures love in its true form. If there would be only one reason to see the show it would be for Angel’s “ Today for You, Tomorrow for Me “ song and vogue dancing. Played by senior Romello Rodriguez, this character really is the protagonist of RENT.

This year’s musical theatre class truly put on a Broadway caliber show this year, but it doesn’t stop there. The show featured a creative, three-tiered set, beautiful lights and even falling snow. This is all thanks to the hard work of the stage crew and their leader Andre Vazquez and Mr. Buell. There’s also the work of the students who create the music that all of these scenes are acted and sung through.

Cast Members of RENT. Courtesy of Abe Ariel Photography

Cast Members of RENT. Courtesy of Abe Ariel Photography

All in all, FSSA’s presentation of RENT was a definite must see. Hard work was done by all who participated in the show whether it be on stage or behind the scenes. A spot-on replica of the musical is presented and all the characters are very accurately portrayed. Stunning talent was very present in this show.

Images of the performance may be purchased at abeariel.com

– Briana Wittlinger ’15

 

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