Category Archives: Rent notebook

SummerFest musicals need more prep time

Reading Candace Chaney’s review of SummerFest’s production of Rent for the Herald-Leader, I felt like I was reading a review of a dress rehearsal. In a sense, that’s what it was. In its journey to be this year’s SummerFest finale, … Continue reading

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Slideshow: SummerFest’s Rent

SummerFest closes out the 2010 season with Rent, through July 25. Given the show’s stature in recent theater history and this being the first locally-produced version of it, we’ve been giving it some extensive  coverage, so here’s a little Rent … Continue reading

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Audio slideshow: Rent, no day but today

For the cast of SummerFest‘s production of Rent, this week is the culmination of a journey that, for many, started the first weekend of the year. For numerous performers, it’s also the fulfillment of a long-held dream to play the … Continue reading

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Rent notebook: First run-through

SummerFest‘s production of Rent had it’s first run through Sunday night. A run through means the production is run from beginning to end with no or limited stopping. It usually gives the director a fairly good idea of how ready … Continue reading

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Rent notebook: Music director Mark Calkins

At a Wednesday evening rehearsal of Rent, Johnny Dawson has just finished singing Your Eyes and wails “Mimi!” and Musetta’s Waltz, a classic tune from from La Boheme plays. “I get chills when I hear that La Boheme music,” says … Continue reading

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Rent notebook: Work

One of the obvious answers to the question “How are we going to pay the rent?” is work. And amidst the excitement of staging Central Kentucky’s first locally-produced version of Rent, director Tracey Bonner sometimes has to remind her cast … Continue reading

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Rent Notebook: Finding the right voices

See the entire cast list for Rent and the other SummerFest shows, The Merchant of Venice and Pride and Prejudice. Read the first entry in our Rent Notebook. Tracey Bonner and Mark Calkins had seen several traditional musical theater vocal … Continue reading

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SummerFest 2010 looks great on paper

In many pursuits we talk about how something looks on paper — how capable are the forces that have been assembled at accomplishing the task at hand? By that criteria, it looks like a great July in the Arboretum for … Continue reading

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Rent Notebook: Tune up #1

The workshop participants are singing “Will I lose my dignity?” the chorus from “Rent” in which members of an HIV support group wonder what lies ahead for them. “What does making contact mean?” director Tracey Bonner asks the participants in the workshop, … Continue reading

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SummerFest organizers eye the other three seasons

Patricia Clark started noticing it a few years ago at Kentucky Theatre Association meetings and other theater gatherings. Instructors and directors would come up to her and talk about students that had gone through the Kentucky Classical Theatre Conservatory and … Continue reading

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