Auditions For COS Theatre Department’s Main Stage Spring Production

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent tells the story of a group of friends struggling with love, drugs and AIDS. Among the group are the narrator - nerdy filmmaker Mark; his former lover, Maureen; Maureen's public interest lawyer lesbian lover Joanne; Mark's roommate HIV+ former drug addict, Roger; Roger's lover the HIV+ drug addicted exotic dancer, Mimi; their former roommate HIV+ computer genius Tom Collins; Collins' HIV+ drag queen street musician lover Angel; and Benjamin Coffin III a former member of the group who, after marrying a wealthy woman, has since become their landlord and the opposite of the group's Bohemian values. The second act is filled with tragedy as Angel dies and couples break up. But at the very end, when Mimi is about to die, Roger is able to sing one song that brings her back to life and leaves the audience with a sense of hope.



Character Male / Female Principal / Ensemble Vocal Range Description
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:

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.

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    



Crew Positions also Available:
Assistant Stage Manager
Prop Crew
Run Crew-Lights, Sound, Costume, Make-up

For more information, contact, director, Neil Carpentier-Alting at 938.5206.

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