LET’S PUT ON A SHOW
Fledgling summer theatre arts program will stage Rent
LIAM MCGIBBON’S artistic family encouraged him to attend an intensive summer theatre program five years ago. Since then, he’s been schooled in acting, singing and dancing. But the 17-year-old believes one of the greatest things he’s gained is community.
“I love the community and being in a community where everyone is likeminded. We’re here to work. You get as much information and training as possible, plus you learn how to be better at acting, music and dance,” said McGibbon. “This isn’t an echo chamber. This is a community of actors who think differently, but have the same goals.”
It’s fitting, then, that the Hamilton native will appear as Roger in the Zamprogna Arts production of the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Rent,” this weekend at Zoetic Theatre. “Rent,” loosely based on Puccini’s “La Bohème,” follows the trials and tribulations of a community of impoverished artistic friends living in 1980s Manhattan’s East Village under the shadow of HIV-AIDS.
Zoetic Theatre 526 Concession St.
WHEN Aug. 3 to 5 7 p.m. TICKETS
$32 Available online at: thezoetic.ca
Jessica Clement, left, Dante Pietrangeli, Liam McGibbon, Jessica Pellicciotta and Brandon Darcel are some of the lead actors in the Zamprogna Arts production of “Rent.”