Auditions for ‘Rent’ to be held in Nelson

Elephant Mountain Music Theatre will be holding auditions for their inaugural production

Elephant Mountain Music Theatre will be holding auditions for their inaugural production, Jonathan Larson’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent at the First Baptist Church (611 5th Street, Nelson) on Sunday, November 17 from 2 to 8 p.m., and Monday, November 18 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Based on the opera La Boheme, and set in the gritty “Alphabet City” neighbourhood of New York City circa 1989, Rent tells the story of a group of friends and artists struggling to find life and creative expression amongst poverty, gentrification, homophobia, addiction and the rising threat of HIV/AIDS. Rent is a rousing rock musical, with operatic tear-jerking moments, and a score that runs the musical gamut from rock and roll to tango, R&B, pop and moving ballads.

Elephant Mountain Music Theatre is Nelson’s newest musical theatre company, established by the team that brought Jesus Christ Superstar to the Capitol Theatre: music director Laura Johnson, and stage director Kevin Armstrong, as well as new addition Julie Jonson-Murray. All three are theatre professionals committed to a high level of performance and professionalism, while maintaining a community spirit, and giving performers from the region a chance to perform ambitious repertoire that Kootenay audiences may not get to see otherwise.

Singers are asked to prepare a song from, or in the style of, the show (rock musical/rock opera). Please bring sheet music or a karaoke CD to the audition, or be prepared to sing a cappella. There is no age limit to the audition, but we are specifically looking for actors 18+ (and there are no roles for children). There will be a maximum of 14 singers in the ensemble, so competition will be fierce!

To book an audition, please write to Kevin Armstrong at: nelsonrent2014@gmail.com.

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