High Quality Art Promoting Important Social Issues


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, Jonathan Larson's famed rock opera follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. 


By donating partial proceeds from this production to PARN-Your Community AIDS Network & the Youth Emergency Shelter (YES), Art for Awareness aims to educate, entertain, and normalize the stories of those living with HIV/AIDS, addiction, poverty and sexual identity. Rent is produced with generous support from Adam Scott Performing Arts, PTBO Canada, Theatre Trent, the Anne Shirley Theatre Company and CMHA Haliburton Kawartha Pineridge.

February 20-28, 2015! Tickets are available at or by calling the Showplace box office at 705-742-7469. 


Ryan Hancock as Mark
Carl Christensen as Roger
Shannon McCracken as Mimi
Dane Shumak as Collins
Andrew Root as Angel
Hannah Bailey as Maureen
Bronte Germain as Joanne
Kelsey Powell as Benny
And featuring:
Will Armstrong, Conner Clarkin, Sydney Hawthorne, Samantha Hurl, Tim Jeffries, Kevin Lemieux, Kalene Lupton, Courtney McLeod, Meg O'Sullivan, Liam Parker, Jade Plumley, Brandon Remmelgas, & Carly Webb.

Produced and Directed by Geoff Bemrose & Sarah Tye
Musical Direction: Brian MacDonald
Vocal Direction: Pam Birrell
Choreography: Rachel Bemrose
Set & Costume Design: Carolyn Boyer
Stage Managers: Ellen Lueck, Shelley Moody, Jessica Franko
Props: Jess Anderson
Production Assistants: Mallory MacDonald & Kris Maraldo