Smash hit mu­si­cal to de­liver

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

A com­mit­ted lo­cal cast will de­liver smash hit mu­si­cal “RENT” at the War­ragul Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall in just three weeks.

Hav­ing re­hearsed since Fe­bru­ary and tak­ing date and venue changes in their stride, the pas­sion­ate cast is ready to hit the stage.

Off The Leash The­atre are see­ing strong ticket sales, par­tic­u­larly for the Fri­day and Satur­day night shows, ahead of the five-show sea­son start­ing on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25.

Based loosely on Puc­cini’s La Bo­heme, RENT fol­lows a year in the life of a group of friends strug­gling to make it in the big city. How th­ese young bo­hemi­ans ne­go­ti­ate their dreams, loves and con­flicts, against a back­drop of the 1990s AIDS epi­demic, pro­vides the nar­ra­tive thread for this ground-break­ing mu­si­cal.

With an in­spi­ra­tional mes­sage of joy and hope in the face of fear, this time­less cel­e­bra­tion of friend­ship and cre­ativ­ity is still a rel­e­vant story for a mod­ern au­di­ence.

The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize win­ning mu­si­cal will come to War­ragul from the creative team of di­rec­tor Todd Miller, mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Es­ther White and chore­og­ra­pher Rachel O’Dwyer.

The 19-per­son cast is a mix of lo­cal faces as well as those from Pak­en­ham, Ber­wick and other re­gions.

The leads are Corey Bruer­ton as Mark, Daragh Wills as Roger, David Lamb as Tom Collins, John Molden as Benny, Dan McPher­son as An­gel, Meg Wat­son-Jin­nette as Mimi, Michaela Philp as Mau­reen and Brodie Dor­ling as Joanne.

The en­sem­ble are Tracie McDon­ald, Tammy Tily, Ali Dun, Emil­lie King, Lea Nai­smith, Louise Dower, Rhi­an­nan Tones, Peter Larsen, Coby Gregg and Adrian Darakai.

RENT will be per­formed on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25 at 8pm; Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26 at 8pm; Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28 at 4pm.

Due to the show be­ing re­lo­cated to the War­ragul Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall from the not yet com­pleted West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre, ticket prices have been re­duced to $38 for adults, $33 for con­ces­sion and $30 for stu­dents.

For book­ings, con­tact the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre box-of­fice on 5624 2456 or visit

Amongst the pas­sion­ate lo­cal cast bring­ing smash hit mu­si­cal “RENT” to War­ragul are Michaela Philp as “Mau­reen” (left) and Meg Wat­son-Jin­nette as “Mimi”.

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