LET’S PUT ON A SHOW

Fledg­ling sum­mer the­atre arts pro­gram will stage Rent

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - LORI LIT­TLE­TON

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.

WHO

Zam­progna Arts

WHERE

Zoetic The­atre 526 Con­ces­sion St.

WHEN Aug. 3 to 5 7 p.m. TICK­ETS

$32 Avail­able on­line at: the­zoetic.ca

GARY YOKOYAMA, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

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.”

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