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Performing Arts Department Announces Cast for Rock Musical ‘Rent’

The Performing Arts Department has announced the cast for its spring production of “Rent,” the award-winning rock musical that ran on Broadway for more than 13 years. The play will be performed April 9-11 and April 16-18 in the Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre. Tickets go on sale at Jodi’s Hallmark & Trends, 11 Main St., Cortland, on March 15.

The cast of rebellious young characters is comprised of SUNY students, most of them musical theatre majors. The struggling composer, Roger, will be played by Anthony Festa. Ryan McDonald will play his friend, Mark, a video artist. Roger’s love interest, Mimi, will be portrayed by Angelia Golden and Mark’s ex-girlfriend, Maureen, will be played by Annali Fuchs. Other major roles include Lauren Kovacic as Maureen’s new love, Joanne, Tim Fuchs as the cross-dressing Angel, Derek Mellor as Angel’s lover, Collins, John McAvaney as Mimi’s ex-lover, Benny, and Katie Quigley as Roger’s former girlfriend, April.

Also cast in the production are Josh Smith, Amy Lamberti, Charles O’Connor, Jason Schulof, Emily Ellis, Allison Zack, Kara Howard, Keith Golden, Sara Larsen, Doug Robbins, Rebecca Rozzoni, Lisa Reid, Nichole Herlihy, Rasheem Ford, Kelsey Reed and Skylar Winter. Kevin Halpin is the director-choreographer for the SUNY production.

For more information, contact the Performing Arts Department at (607) 753-2811.