Among the most colorful characters in CHC’s moving production of Rent are Jeff Hutchison as Angel and Amber Aleria as Mimi. The musical runs May 4 and 5.
The Crafton Hills College (CHC) presents Rent, book, music and lyrics by Jonathon Larson at the CHC Performing Arts Center (PAC). Rent evening performances are on Friday and Saturday, Mary 04 and 05 at 8:00 p.m. and the matinee is on May 05 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets, which may be purchased only at the door, are $10.00 general admission and $5.00 for students and seniors. The campus is located at 11711 Sand Canyon Road in Yucaipa, and attendees are encouraged to park in lots D and E.
The CHC Music and Theatre Arts programs have collaborated on this Tony award and Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical based on Puccini’s La Boheme, directed by Nate Gross and with musical direction by Mark Dennis McConnell. Lighting designer is Reuben Harrison, sound designer is Robert Conrad and costume designer is Krystle Loenker.
Larson’s Rent follows the bohemian lifestyle of New York’s alphabet city through a daring rock opera. The disease that carries a death sentence in this story is not tuberculosis, but AIDS. Rent explores the preciousness of life and love with characters who may not have another day to live. Crafton’s production pays homage to the iconic performances of this well-loved musical, but breaks new ground with staging that closes the gap between audience and actor, and with some risky returns to Puccini’s original story.
The cast list, complete with hometowns, is as follows:
Jessica Ackerson (Maureen), Redlands
Eliza Bishop (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Yucaipa
Rebecca Davis (Homeless lady, Mrs. Jefferson), Bakersfield
Neil Goldstein (Homeless man), Vista
Suzi Green (Joanne), Redlands
Brendan Hampton (Mark, Waiter), Redlands
Amantha Hastings (Alexi Darling), Fontana
Pierce Haliburton (Paul), Beaumont
Jeff Hutchison (Angel), Yucaipa
Amber Mardikan (Mimi), Redlands
Leah Richey (Pam), Redlands
Ryan Reynolds (Roger, The Man), Beaumont
Ruben Romero (Tom Collins), Yucaipa
Genna Santini (Homeless), San Bernardino
Cecelia Saucedo (April), Loma Linda
Cody Taylor (Benny), Yucaipa