‘Rent’ Cast Proves: ‘The Show Must Go On’

Rent Cast Proves: The Show Must Go On

Kyle Cohen (Mark) during dress rehearsal on Thursday, April 25.

Rent: School Edition, performed by the BHS Drama Club this past weekend, was packed with impressive dancing and singing performances. The cast dealt with major problems backstage, but handled each situation with bravery and grace.

Though a leading actor became ill halfway through, the cast came together and figured out a plan. Roles were switched, cut and rearranged to fit the new needs of the show. As they say, “the show must go on.” Rent: School Edition certainly did, and with a bang, too.

The singing was spectacular. Michael Dailey filled-in as Roger on opening night. With little notice and and even less practice as his character, Dailey shined, earning praise from the audience for his efforts.

Tamarea Townes (Joanne) put her lungs to good use. Her outstanding rendition of “Tango Maureen” with Kyle Cohen made the crowd go wild. The scene was tastefully risqué.

Enrique Caballo (Angel) played a fabulous drag queen. With his leggings and short skirt, heels and wig, his character was portrayed with refinement and humor. Although Caballo could have worried about negative comments from the audience, he explained that he planned to ignore ignorant viewpoints and remember what the show is about: being who you are…and proud.

Jessie Gill (Maureen) stole the show. Without her poise and stage presence, the show would not have been the same. She played a hilarious tough girl and blew the crowd away with her performance of “Take Me or Leave Me.”

Rent was a hit, and people will talk about it for months to come.