Sunday, August 1, 2010, Starlight Theatre at Rock Valley College closed out its 44th season successfully with a final showing of Rent: a musical story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create art in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
Among a cast of strong vocalists, Rockford native Alex Christopher McIntyre offered effortless ballads in his major role of Roger Davis, a formerly successful and struggling musician who is HIV-positive and an ex-junkie. Amanda Clement and Erica Figurin pumped-out a compelling duet, Take Me or Leave Me, in their respective roles of Maureen Johnson and Joanne Jefferson as they gave each other ultimatums to take each other as they are or to break up.
Containing adult language and tough issues, Starlight’s Artistic Director Mike Webb explains, “Rent is not what many people think of as ‘standard Starlight fare,’ but it was the most requested musical by Starlight’s performers.” When Rent became available to the theater, Webb was lobbied hard to include it in the season.
Although a summer of Starlight has come to an end, you can take a survey online at www.rvcstarlight.com to let the theater know which shows you’d like to see in the future!
What to watch for:
RVC Studio Theatre’s 2010-11 Season:
- October 6-16: 11th Annual Shakespeare Festival Henry VIII and The Tempest
- December 1-11: Hoosier Lore: The Conroys Go South
- February 2-12: Grey Gardens or Woody Guthrie America’s song (pending rights)
- March 23-April 2: Agatha Christie’s Go Back for Murder