RENT Character List

Rent 145x70RENT is theatre at its best -- exuberant, passionate, and joyous.  Based on one of the most romantic opera's ever written but with a rock score, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. 

We expect a cast of approximately fifteen people.  RENT is a singer's and actor's show.  The dance requirements are light.  RENT is an ensemble show with standout moments for every member of the cast.  

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Character Male / Female Principal / Ensemble Vocal Range Description
ANGEL DUMOTT SCHUNARD Male Principal C3 - A4 The eccentric HIV-positive street drummer. A drag queen with an incredible gift of dance and a magnetic personality. He becomes Tom's lover.  Male - Range:
BENJAMIN COFFIN III Male Principal Bb2 - F#4 The landlord of Mark and Roger's apartment building. A former roommate in the loft, Benny traded in his personal morals for power and wealth.
JOANNE JEFFERSON Female Principal G3 - E5 A public interest lawyer and headstrong lesbian. She is smart and purposeful in all her decisions. Carries on a tumultuous relationship with Maureen. 
MARK COHEN Male Principal A2 - G4 Filmmaker and video artist. Knee deep in his own soul-searching, Mark is the typical young artist. He and Roger are roommates in the loft. A bit of a nerd
MAUREEN JOHNSON Female Principal C4 - F5 An unpredictably zany performance artist. Maureen oozes sexuality and used to live in the loft. She has recently dumped Mark for Joanne.
MIMI MARQUEZ Female Principal Eb3 - E5 An HIV-positive stripper with drug addictions. Slender and sickly, she conceals it all at her job in the local strip club. She lives in the same building as the loft.
ROGER DAVIS Male Principal F2 - A4 A struggling musician and former drug addict. He is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. Roommates with Mark in the loft and battles with being HIV-positive.
TOM COLLINS  Male Principal  F#2 - A4 A computer genius and liberal professor. He is a nurturer with a smooth and relaxed disposition. Used to be a roommate in the loft and is HIV-positive. 
MRS. COHEN Female Ensemble   Mark's Mom
MR. JEFFERSON Male Ensemble   Joanne's Dad
MRS. JEFFERSON Female Ensemble   Joanne's Mom
STEVE - Support Group Male Ensemble   HIV - Support Group Member
GORDON - Support Group Male Ensemble   HIV - Support Group Member
PAUL - Support Group Male Ensemble   HIV - Support Group Member
ALEXI DARLING Female Ensemble   Producer of a sleezy news show
HOMELESS MEN/WOMEN Male / Female Ensemble    
JUNKIES Male / Female Ensemble    



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Marin Summer Theater (MST) is an award winning non-profit theater company for students of performing arts between the ages of 13 and 23. The MST company prepares and presents three fully-staged productions in a six-week summer season. MST's mission is threefold: To present exciting, professional quality drama, musical theater and musical revue productions; to keep tuition as low as possible so that cost is not a barrier to participation; to create a diverse company of college and high school students.

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