As La Cage Aux Folles ended their spectacular run this weekend, a new production team was gearing up for Imagine’s second show of the 2014 season. The demand to audition for a role in RENT was so high that many deemed it fortunate to even receive an audition slot. The usual audition location was simply not large enough for the crowd. Instead, the lobby of the Garden Theater filled with the lucky hopefuls this past Saturday, awaiting 16-bars of musical display that takes weeks to prepare. Director Jonathan Collura and his production team were overwhelmed with the talent that showed up, offering heavy competition for every single role.
The tough decisions have been made, and Imagine is proud to announce the cast for RENT, running May 7 – 18 at Wall Street Nightclub. Seats go on sale Saturday, March 8 allowing our beloved Imagine Members to secure their favorite spot first. You can do the same by becoming a member now at www.ImagineColumbus.org/Membership.
Thank you to the Short North Stage and Stonewall Columbus for use of their space for auditions and a huge thank you to the wonderfully talented and entirely likable group that came to audition. We hope to see you again!
Mark Cohen – Chip Danver
Roger Davis – Brent Rayburn
Mimi Marquez – Cassie Kahr
Tom Collins – Brian Gray
Angel Dumott Schunard – Zhané Dawlingz
Maureen Johnson – Zoe Lathan
Joanne Jefferson – Alex Lanier
Benjamin Coffin III – Ricardo Locci
Director – Jonathan Collura
Music Director – Zac DelMonte
Instrumental Music Director – Sam Falcone
Stage Manager – Jessica Schollenberger
Assistant Director – Carl Stolzenburg
Costumer – Sarah Frady
Accompanist – Jim Kucera
This evening, we warm the night one last time with the heart and hilarity of our season opening treasure, La Cage Aux Folles. Audiences found that the stars aligned for this cast, a mix of familiar faces and some new to Imagine in our tenth production. First time director Audrey Rush and her production team were masters of transformation; turning Wall Street into the hottest club on the Riviera, confusing our senses with the lovely and dangerous Cagelles, and bringing together some of Columbus’ brightest gems in one of our strongest ensembles.
If you haven’t joined us yet, carefully brave the snow. We are so terribly proud of this fabulous production! Seats can still be reserved at www.imaginecolumbus.org/reservations or purchased at the door.