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Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.
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. They include Mark, a filmmaker and the narrator of the story; his former girlfriend, Maureen, a performance artist; Maureen’s lover, Joanne, a public interest lawyer; Mark’s roommate Roger, a musician; Mimi, an exotic dancer, with whom Roger falls in love; Tom Collins, a computer genius; Collins’ lover, Angel, a street musician and drag queen; and Benny, a former member of the group who, after marrying into a wealthy family, has become their landlord. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this ground-breaking musical.
Book, Music and Lyrics by: JONATHAN LARSON
Musical Arrangements: STEVE SKINNER Original Concept/Addition Lyrics: BILLY ARONSON
Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements: TIM WEIL Dramaturg: LYNN THOMSON
RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop.
Director/Vocal Coach: MARK STEFANOFF
Choreographer/Assistant Director: NINA RICHARDS
Music Director/Music Supervisor: BEN STEFANOFF
Preview: August 30 at 8pm
Performances: August 31 – September 2 at 8pm
September 3 at 1pm & 7pm
The Goodwood Institute, Goodwood.
*Please note this show contains mature themes*
Meet The Production Team:
Mark Stefanoff – Director/Vocal Coach
Mark Stefanoff is a triple threat from Adelaide who has hit the national stage with a bang! Mark was featured on Channel 9’s hit series The Voice in 2013. After Mark’s blind audition, Ricky Martin offered Mark the opportunity of a life time: to connect him with his agent and get him to New York. Whilst there, Mark trained at world class institutions including Broadway Dance Centre and Julliard School of Music.
Mark has worked… with artists including Silvie Paladino, Guy Sebastian, Stephen Schwartz, Idina Menzel, Ben Vereen, and Dami Im. His stage credits include Magnormos’ Godspell (Thomas Aquinas) & Hello Dolly, and BuSTCo’s Rent (Angel). Mark’s performance of Angel in Rent, led him to receive 3 awards, including 2 for Best Supporting Male in a musical and the Peoples Choice Award for best dancer in a show. Mark was a cast member of the Illusionists 1903 tour and at the end of 2014, he also performed in a children’s show in Penang, Malaysia.
Currently, Mark is on tour as Brad in “Hairspray, The Arena Spectacular” alongside Christine Anu, Amanda Muggleton, and Simon Bourke.
Theatre credits include The Boy From Oz, Legally Blonde,Cats, Oklahoma,The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar, Honk, Into The Woods, The Wiz, Children of Eden, The Gondoliers, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The World Goes Round, and Sing On Through Tomorrow.
Film credits include 2:37, Yellow Tree Passage, The Babadook.
Mark is extremely excited to be a part of this fantastic team for Rent!
Nina Richards – Choreographer/Assistant Director
Nina is a Musical Theatre performer and choreographer originally from Liverpool, UK. Nina‘s professional stage career started at the age of 7, performing in musicals and plays throughout these early years. At the age of 14, Nina won a scholarship to the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School in London beating 800 performers to win one of 3 scholarships. Whilst living in London, Nina performed at many West End Theatres and venues and in musicals, reviews and charity cabaret performances, as well as producing work for TV and film. Nina returned to Liverpool to study at University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Drama and Theatre Studies. In 2007 Nina moved to Adelaide. Nina also has a Masters of Teaching from UniSA.
Nina has a long list of choreographic credits including; Legally Blonde Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Music Theatre Camp 2016 (Pelican Productions), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Pelican Productions), Hairspray (Adelaide Youth Theatre), Pelican Productions 2015 Music Theatre Camp, Dadafest – performances to integrate hearing and deaf dancers, regular company shows for entertainment staff, Crete, Greece, children’s choreographer Her Benny, Liverpool Empire.
Nina is thrilled to be working with Adelaide’s incredibly talented Performers in Rent and relishes the opportunity of creating a visually striking and intense piece of musical theatre.
Ben Stefanoff – Musical Director/Music Supervisor
Ben graduated from the Elder Conservatorium in 2007 with a Bachelor of Music Education, which included a course in conducting. Over the past few years Ben has worked in several schools, either as a classroom music teacher or co-ordinator of their music programs. He has also taught piano and accompanied students at Saint Aloysius College where he was involved with their bi-annual musical productions, including The Pirates Of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Singin’ In The Rain.
Ben has also musically directed countless productions across Adelaide, including Calamity Jane (The MET – 2009), The Wiz (HMC – 2010), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (The MET – 2011 – ATG Award for Best Ensemble), A Chorus Line (MCMT – 2012), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (AYT – Fringe 2014), Young Frankenstein (MCMT – 2014 – ATG Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Musical), The Wedding Singer (MCMT 2015) and Fame (MCMT 2015 – TASA nomination for Best Musical).
Currently Ben is Musical Director of the SA premiere of Catch Me If You Can.
In 2013 Ben made his directing debut with the highly acclaimed production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and Calamity Jane (2014).
Ben is currently on the MCMT committee as their Vice-President and Promotions Officer.