The theatre department at Wagner College has put up one of the most loved shows in Broadway history: Rent. For those of you who do not know what the show is about, it is about how people try to live and love in New York City while they are broke and living with AIDS. It is a very dark and emotional show, but it has its colorful moments. The lyrics "no day but today" echo in your head after watching this amazing performance, and they make you want the best out of your life and live as if it was your last day.
As a big fan of the show, I saw this production four times. I know, I am obsessed with Rent. But I really wanted to get the most out of the musical and enjoy it since it was my first time seeing the live show. Out of the four times I saw Rent, the one performance that made me shoot right into a standing ovation was preview night. Maybe it was the fact that it was my first time seeing the live show and my emotions were already in a rush before it. Nevertheless, each night I saw this production, I cried every single time.
Back in my high school the arts department was not a big deal, so all of the plays and musicals we put up were not produced with a really high budget. In fact, sometimes it was us who had to put in the money to move on with the show. Here at Wagner College, the theatre department is taken very seriously. The stagecraft is amazing, the lighting and sound are perfect, and the direction is just brilliant. Wagner definitely has the right people working with what they love, and that passion is reflected each night there is a performance.
The actors in Rent were fantastic. As they sang everyone's favorite tunes, all I could think of was, "I go to school with these amazing artists." Now and then I see them at the dining hall and I can't help but to feel that I am eating with celebrities. The energy they have while performing is so big that no one can really hold back the tears. Each night you can hear everyone sniffing and you see them moving their hands to their eyes to wipe off the tears that keep on coming down.
The last night I saw Rent, I went with all of the prospective students. I was lucky enough to score some seats because the performances have been all sold out. Once I got to my seat, it was nice seeing some of the faces joining us in the fall, and it was even better seeing their reactions to the amazing performers we have here at Wagner College. I hope everyone that saw this amazing show loved it as much as I did; there really is no doubt that we have talented people studying at Wagner College, and there is no question that they will make it far.