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New York comes to Stone for Revellers' spring show

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

Rent cast members, front, from left, Beth Harrison – Mimi, Molly Angus – Maureen, Kath Walton – Joanne, middle, Rob Stanway – Collins, Andrew Wellings – Mark, back, Alec Voss – Roger

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STONE Revellers’ latest show has proved a popular choice even before the curtain goes up tonight.

The group traditionally stages a musical for its spring show, chosen by committee members. But this time round they decided to go to the ballot box to choose their production, inviting all members to vote.

In another first for the Revellers the winning musical was one they have not tackled before - Rent.

It is rather different in style to the Revellers’ previous offerings, Mark Doran, who is directing the show with David Wild, explained.

But it is a musical loved by many Revellers members, and is one of Broadway’s longest-running productions, winning several awards including the Pulitzer Prize in 1996.

Mr Doran said: “It’s quite a contemporary musical with a contemporary feel, set in a New York Village. The story starts in the late 1980s and it’s based on La Boheme by Puccini, which follows the lives of a group of people living the bohemian lifestyle.

“Some are anti-establishment, others are in poverty. The disease in La Boheme is tuberculosis, in Rent it is HIV.

“When it came out in the mid 1990s there was a shock value – people would walk out. But I can’t imagine that happening now.

“It’s fast-paced and has a smaller cast than previous productions – some cast members play multiple roles. There are sad moments, some humour and it is mostly song-based; there is hardly any dialogue. It’s about hope over adversity.”

Rent opens at St Michael’s Hall in Lichfield Street, Stone, tonight and runs until Saturday. All shows start at 7.30pm and tickets, which cost £10, or £9 concessions, are available from Home and Colour Centre in Stone High Street or by calling 01785 817307.

Parents are advised that the show contains content of an adult nature, including some strong language and references to drug use.

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