The Gunnery Drama Society Presents “Rent: School Edition”
The winter musical at The Gunnery, “Rent: School Edition,” will be presented by The Gunnery Drama Society in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center February 22, 23, and 24 at 7 p.m. The public is cordially invited and admission is free.
The Pulitzer and Tony award-winning musical opened on Broadway in 1996 and ran for 12 years. Like one of its acknowledged inspirations, Puccini’s opera, “La Boheme,” about artists suffering from tuberculosis in Paris, the New York City artists in “Rent” are struggling with life, love and AIDS. The music, lyrics, and book are by Jonathan Larson, who died before the show opened off Broadway in 1993. Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera has been modified to curtail some offensive language and staging.
Led by Gunnery senior Christian Kummer as filmmaker Mark Cohen, and junior Sean Douglas as his roommate and struggling musician Roger Davis, The Gunnery’s cast dazzles with talented veterans and aspiring newcomers alike, including: seniors Yamna Abdi Jama, Bella Byrne, Mark Choi, Rachel Cohen, Sabryna Coppola, Clare Costello and Gabby Lescadre; juniors John Crabtree and Katie Nemergut; sophomores Mary Carew-Miller, Isabel Martin, Travis Powell, Harry Sutton and Charlotte Xu, and freshmen Sylvie Edelstein, Max Farrar and Maggie Xiang.
Sophomore Charles DeVos and freshman Hailey Lovallo appear on stage as cops, and double as stage hands. Senior Ross O’Connor also appears as a cop while taking the role of stage manager, and sophomore Nikolaus Franz plays piano.
Guest performers include sophomore Gwen Brown and senior Kate Hayward. Director Elizabeth Dayton ’08 designed the poster.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.