Clandestine-Arts presents “RENT!” in Orlando

Clandestine-Arts is a new up and coming professional theater company to downtown Orlando. Clandestine-Arts main mission is to engage, inspire, entertain, and challenge audiences to see things from a different perspective while opening minds through our art while helping the world around it. We offer part of our ticket revenue to a charity that is affiliated with our current production. We hope that by reaching out to the world we will inspire others to do so with their own art. The world could not survive without art, and art would not survive without the world, why not play to both audiences?

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Clandestine-Arts is thrilled to open their very first season with Jonathan Larson’s revolutionary pop-rock opera “Rent”. Featuring direction by Derek Critzer and Music Direction by Beth Atkins. The show will run August 8th through 18th, with performances at The John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center August 8,9,10,15,16,17 at 8 PM August 10 and 17 at 2 PM and August 11, 18 at 3 PM.

Tickets are $30.00 and are now on sale at www.clandestinearts.com, $2.00 from every ticket will be donated to the Hope and Help center of Central Florida, who proudly provide comprehensive and compassionate support in Central Florida for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Rent is the cutting-edge musical, based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme, that electrified a whole generation of theatergoers. With A Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, Musical arrangements by Steve Skinner an Original concept and additional lyrics by Billy Aronson, complete with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Tim Weil including work by Dramaturg Lynn Thomson. Rent tells the story of seven friends in the AIDS-ravaged New York City of the 1990s: Roger, Mimi, Tom, Angel, Maureen, Joanne and Mark share their struggle to support themselves and celebrate their lives in spite of the crises that confront them, from shifting romantic entanglements to preserving their artistic integrity to the life-and-death struggle with a disease that is threatening almost everyone they know.
The principal cast is comprised of Kristen Griffith as Angel Schunard, Aaron VanderYacht as Mark Cohen, Jesse
Lyons as Roger Davis, Gabriella Whiting as Mimi Marquez,
Maddie Assel as Maureen Johnson, Adair Gilliam as Joanne
Jefferson, Alex Vanjah Boikai as Tom Collins, and Alvaro
Francisco as Benjamin Coffin III.
Playing percussionist Angel Schunard, Kristen Griffith’s
credits include National Tour: Judah/Calypso Soloist in the
national tour of Joseph…Dreamcoat, RENT (Angel); Off-
Broadway: The Boys Upstairs (Ashley); Film/TV: Starring
roles in NowHere, Into the Lions Den, and Drama Queenz!;
Regional: Pippin (Leading Player), Lachuisa’s The Wild
Party (Phil), Chicago (Mary Sunshine), La Cage Aux Folles
(Jacob), and much more. Kristen studied at The Boston
Conservatory; Interlochen Arts Academy
Aaron VanderYacht plays the documentary filmmaker Mark
Cohen. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre
Performance from Arizona State University, a Master of
Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and
is a proud alumnus of Teach For America. New York credits
include: Fabulous: The Musical (Boy 4), An Adult Evening of
Shel Silverstein (Pete), The Jazz Age (George). Regional:
Grease (Eugene), The Wild Party (Jackie – Kevin Klein Award
nomination), Fiddler on the Roof (Russian Dancer), Big
River (Young Fool). Other favorite roles: The Last Five
Years (Jamie), Big River (Huck Finn, AFL Best Performance
Award nomination), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
(Man 1, AFL Best Performance Awards nomination) You’re a
Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph)
.
The musician Roger Davis, struggling with his art and his
own personal demons, is played by Tony Flaherty. Tony is
currently in the process of obtaining his BFA in music at
UCF and is a graduate of the AMDA NYC musical theatre
program. Previous credits include Jesus in Jesus Christ
Supertar, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Peter Pan in
Peter Pan, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, The Rum Tum
Tugger in Cats to name a few. He would like to thank all
who support him and encourage him, namely Rick McKee, his
mishpecha and his Fairy Godmother.
The young, spirited dancer Mimi Marquez is played by
Gabriella Whiting. Gabriella is currently living and
working in NYC, studying Theatre Arts & Musical Theatre.
Recent roles include Carlotta Giudicelli (Phantom of the Opera), Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors), and Rosa Bud (The Mystery of Edwin Drood). She also has received the award for best female performance in a musical at the Michael Harms Theatre Festival and the award of achievement for the Absolute Dance Company.
Playing the performance artist Maureen Johnson is Lindsay Lavin. Lindsay is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a degree in Vocal Performance and Songwriting. Currently, Lindsay is pursuing a music career in New York City where she has also started her own business teaching Musical Theatre to young children. Lindsay can be seen around NYC singing in a theatre rock band most recently featured in a sold out show at BB Kings. Some past credits include: Rent (Maureen), Company (Sarah), Rosie O’Donnell’s R Family Cruise and has appeared several times on Seth Rudetsky’s Live in Times Square Broadway Sirius Radio Show.

Playing anarchist and philosophy professor is Alex Vanjah
Boikai. Alex started out his musical journey as a young
singer in the world renowned Boy’s Choir of Harlem in NYC
where he was exposed to a wide variety of genres including
classical music, jazz, musical theatre, and gospel. He
attended the Ohio State University where he received a
Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance with a
concentration in Opera. Alex has done regional work at the
Barn Theater in Augusta, Michigan, the Weathervane
Playhouse in Newark, Ohio and Columbus Children’s Theatre
in Columbus, Ohio. He currently continues his studies in
Opera in NYC
Adair Gilliam plays the ambitious lawyer in love with
Maureen, Joanne Jefferson. Adair hails from Duarte Ca.
where she was apart of a theater conservatory group called
the Citrus Singers. She worked to become known for her
soulful sounds and big presence on the stage. Adair has
dreams of directing in the future and one day singing for
one of the many shows she is up for with Cirque Du Soleil.
Her credits include: Dream Girls (Effie White) Met theater,
Avenue Q (Gary Coleman) Empire theater, Suessical the
Musical (Sour Kangaroo) Covina Center performing Arts,
Buddy (Apollo Performer) Candlelight theater.
The group’s landlord and former roommate Benny is played by
Alvaro Francisco, his credits include Fabrizio (Light in
The Piazza), Angel (Rent), Paul (A Chorus Line), Pippin
(Pippin), Juan (Altar Boyz and Tugger (CATS). Alvaro holds a Best Supporting Actor Award from the Tennessee Arts Commission for his work as Angel in Rent and Fabrizio in The Light In The Piazza. Alvaro now resides in New York City where he has worked as a model, shooting with well known NYC photographers and has appeared in publications such as: GQ, Details, People Magazine, Vogue Italia and various websites for designers and retailers including Macy’s and Alfani.
Rounding out the ensemble is an amazing group of local and out of town talent including Bryce Pitts, Injoy Fountain, T’keyiah Peyton, Jarvis Derrell, Shavonte McClinton, Frankie Fronte, Cassidy Tompkins, Cara Fullam, Tess Carr, Erick Ariel Sureda, , Erin Robere, Tiara Crystal, Blake Aburn, Teddy Fournier, Janae Marie Riha and Rico Lastrapes.
This production runs for 2 weekends only, and you will not want to miss it. Buy your tickets now! Remember each ticket
sale will help support The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida!