Music, Lyrics, and Book by Jonathan Larson
Musical Arrangements - Steve Skinner
Original Concept/Additional Lyrics - Billy Aronson
Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements - Tim Weil
Dramaturg - Lynn Thomson
RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway
by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and the New York Theatre Workshop
John Paul Rivard (Angel Schunard)
Lara Vo (Maureen Johnson)
Michael Rapisora (Benjamin Coffin III, Mar 3-13)
Marshall Jones (Benjamin Coffin III, Mar 18, 19)
Michael Smith, III (Tom Collins)
Quentin Powers (Roger Davis)
Serena Dantzler (Joanne Jefferson)
Tiffany Cornejo (Mimi Marquez)
Xander Borg (Mark Cohen)
Alicia Borden (Ensemble, Alexi Darling, Back-up dancer)
Baylee M. Spear (Ensemble, Person with Squeegie, Homeless Person)
Ethan Spier (Ensemble, The Man, Mr. Grey, Pastor)
Jake Nichols (Swing, Ensemble, Steve, Waiter, u/s Roger)
Jessica Grimaldo (Ensemble, Sue, Vendor #1, Mimi's Mother)
Kaleb Vaughn (Ensemble, Paul, Seasons of Love Soloist, I'll Cover You Reprise Soloist)
Megan Nelson (Ensemble, Pam, I'll Cover You Reprise Soloist, Roger's Mother)
Nadia Hill (Ensemble, Back-up dancer, I'll Cover You Reprise Soloist)
Rachel Vallin (Ensemble, Mrs. Cohen, Ali, Coat Vendor)
Ryan Walker (Ensemble, Mr. Jefferson, A Cop)
Tabitha Andrews (Ensemble, Mrs. Jefferson, Blanket Person, Seasons of Love Soloist, u/s Joanne)
Trevor Young (Swing, Ensemble, Gordon, Vendor #2, Swing, u/s Mark, Videographer)
Directors - Sierra Scott & Tara Burke
Music Director - Marshall Jones
Choreographer - Sierra Scott
Assistant Choreographer - Cassidy Buchan (u/s Mimi)
Stage Managers - Monique Hautekeet, Katie Koerner
Stage Hands - Phoenix Burke, Josh Nichols
Light Design/Operator - Tara Burke
Sound Operator - Don Burke
Graffiti Artist - Alex Kaskie “AK47”
Special Thank You to:
Gina Lopez, Mikey Wiencek, Jeff Fast
KDSoundCo - Kelly Dodge
Carol Scott - ED Wild Horse Productions
Michelle Van Geel - EP Wild Horse Productions
Rachel & Laura Bennett, Belina Spear, Joanna Wilson,
Kathy Canfield, Melody Ricketts, The Krueger Family, Tom & Liz Strekal,
Robin Kato, Craig Logan, Nick Aliberti, Roger & Sharon Diez
RENT Is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
John Paul Rivard
John Paul Rivard is thrilled to making his Wild Horse Stage Company debut. He has been performing for over 22 years in California, Hawaii and Nevada. He studied at Solano College Theater- Actors Training Program Graduating Class of 2009.
Some of his favorite roles are Phil Davis- White Christmas, Jack- Into the Woods Inner Rhythms, Asaka- Once on this Island Inner Rhythms, Akhnaton in Akhnaton Bruka, Buddy- Sideshow Altarena Playhouse, FrankNfurter- Rocky Horror Show CAPS, Melvin P Thorpe- Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Fairfield Civic Theater, Albert- Bye Bye Birdie Solano College Theater, Finch- How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Solano College Theater, Snail/Father Frog A Year with Frog & Toad Solano College Theater, Miss Taylor/Reverend Hightower- Batboy Solano College.
When John isn’t performing you may find him Directing, Choreographing, Costume and Wig designing for other productions. Recent productions in Truckee/Tahoe/Reno area White Christmas, Frog & Toad, Chicago, Once on this Island, Into The Woods, Nunsense, 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein, and several youth productions. Honored with the Sacramento Regional ELLY Award- Best Supporting Male in a Musical- Frog & Toad. Best Lead Performer- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Fright Fest 2011. Fairfield Daily Republic ARTY Award- Best Supporting Male in a Musical- Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Best Supporting Male in a Musical- Batboy the Musical.
John Paul is beyond thrilled to be working with this amazing production staff and cast in his dream role of Angel. He would like to thank his friends and family for the tremendous support.
Xander has been doing shows since 2013, with favorite roles including Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain (YTCC), Reverend Shaw in Footloose (YTCC), and Bert in Mary Poppins (WHCT). Xander hopes to remain involved in the arts and pursue a career in film production. He'd like to thank his friends who have offered their unending support over the years, as well as the entire cast and crew of Rent for making this the best production he's been a part of.
MICHAEL SMITH, III
I’m Michael Smith, III. Husband, father of three, author, singer, drummer, preacher, Amazon manager, etc. Thankfully, even with my hectic schedule, I made time to present to all of you my take on Collins. This is my 4th musical, my 6th show and my first with Wild Horse. I’m hitting my dirty 30 this year and just thankful for the opportunity to be joining the array of actors who have breathed life into Collins. Enjoy the show and tell all your friends.
My name is Quentin powers, I’m nineteen, and I’ve always loved theater and music alike! I’ve never bonded so much with a cast or had so much to learn from a company as I have with Wild Horse Stage Co.! I’ve only recently discovered Jonathan Larson's works but I’ve enjoyed every second learning more about his life and art.
My favorite roles have been, Captain Dauntless in the Return to the Forbidden Planet, Bill Slank and Teacher in Peter and the Starcatcher, Davey in Newsies (with Wild Horse Children’s Theater), Smee in Peter Pan, and Archibald in the Secret Garden.
When I’m not at rehearsal I'm bussing or hosting at Sassafras, making and installing signs around town, or training as part of the Marine Corps Reserves.
Alicia is ecstatic to be in WHSC’s production of RENT. She has been involved in theatre since she was eight, all thanks to her parents who showed her how theatre worked from the stage to the wings. Alicia would like to thank not just her parents, but her husband Elijah and her daughter Eleanor for supporting her through motherhood while pursuing her dreams.
Mrs. Cohen, Ali, Coat Vendor
Rachel is thrilled to be part of her first ever theater production! She’s currently working full time and pursuing an AA in musical theater. She has been a musician since she was a child and hopes to turn performance into a career. Outside of performing, Rachel enjoys reading, experimenting in the kitchen, and traveling. She would like to thank WHSC for including her in RENT, her family and friends for all their support in her aspirations, and her voice teacher for constantly encouraging her to move forward.
I'll Cover You Reprise Soloist, Roger's Mother
Megan R. Nelson
Megan has dusted off her dancing shoes and is honored to be hitting the stage for the first time in years with such an incredible cast and crew. Her pervious stage work includes Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Mrs. Potts) and Sweet Charity (Orchestra.) Off stage she enjoys painting, nerding out over pop culture, and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community and women’s rights. She wants to thank her friends and family for their encouragement and support, especially David and Mouse for shoving her back into the deep end and reminding her there is “No day but today.”
Swing, Ensemble, Gordon, Vendor #2, u/s Mark, Videographer
Trevor is so excited to be a part of RENT with WHSC. Trevor's first show was Winnie The Pooh Jr. in 2013 with Wild Horse Children’s Theater. With dozens of shows under his belt, some of his favorite roles are Shrek in Shrek Jr. (YTCC), Gomez in The Addams Family (CHS), dance troupe in Mamma Mia (WNC). Trevor loves being on stage and backstage as a theater tech. He wants to continue a career in musical theater and become a Disney cast member! He hopes everyone can come and see RENT and that it leaves a great impact on this community to show how fun theater can be for ANYONE and EVERYONE!!!
Ensemble, Back-up dancer, I'll Cover You Reprise Soloist
Nadia is ecstatic to be a part of RENT since it has been her favorite musical since she was a kid- albeit she probably listened to the soundtrack a bit too young. She was raised in a community of artists and has an intense obsession for the performing arts. Some of her favorite roles have been being a part of the dance troupe in Newsies (WHCT), the Acrobat in Matilda and most recently Tamatoa in Moana Jr. Being one of the youngest cast members, Nadia loves coming into rehearsal and learning from the more experienced actors and actresses. She laments that this is her last show in Carson City as after she graduates high school she will be attending college out of state. She would like to thank the cast and crew of RENT for being so welcoming and helpful every step of the way. She would also like to thank her really cool mom for planting the seeds to all of her passions and dreams.
Ensemble, Paul, Seasons of Love Soloist, I'll Cover You Reprise Soloist
Kaleb is thrilled to be a part of the WHSC cast of Rent! He did a variety of shows throughout middle and high school and has recently decided to pursue acting as a career. Kaleb plans to graduate with his AA from Western Nevada College this year and transfer to Western Washington University to double major in theater and public health science. He'd like to thank the wonderful cast and crew of RENT who welcomed him with open arms and his family and friends who have supported him through the past few years.
Michael has portrayed a diverse cast of characters over the years and has been a featured soloist with Nevada Opera, Nevada P’Opera, and ASPEN A Cappella. Performing with multiple repertory companies as an Actor, Musician, and Music Director has been a rewarding experience for him and he is excited to return to the stage at Brewery Arts Center in his first production with Wild Horse Stage Company.
Attending the University of Nevada, Reno he studied Percussion and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music with a Minor in Theatre. While in college Michael also studied dance and completed course work focused on Musical Theatre Performance.
Favorite stage credits include Judah (Benjamin Calypso Soloist)-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Paul-Weird Romance, Teen Angel/Sonny Latierre-GREASE, Agwe (God of Water)-Once on This Island, Pseudolus/Hero-A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Tobias Ragg-Sweeney Todd.
While off-stage if Michael isn’t in Disneyland he can be found playing the ukulele, camping, traveling, and sharing adventures with friends, family, and his wife, Christine. Fun fact, Michael met Christine while he was the Assistant Music Director for The Music Man and she was the Choreographer.
Serena has been on stage since age five and has loved every minute of it. One of her favorite productions being Jonathan Larsen’s ‘Rent’ (of course). Having been featured in roles such as the Scarecrow in The Wiz and Sour Kangaroo in Suessical the Musical, Serena is ecstatic to perform again after years of inactivity. Other than musical theatre, Serena’s other passions include Mario Kart, her kitty Sasha, and her goal to graduate with a degree in computer science. She is as excited as ever to share the story of one of her favorite shows with her cast members and her community.
My name is Tiffany Cornejo I am 19. This is my second musical and my first with the Wild Horse Stage Company. I love to sing and dance! I am currently attending UNR. I am absolutely in love with my cat and my dog. I am excited to put on a great performance and to show people that I love what I do.
This is Lara's first performance at Wild Horse Stage Company and she is absolutely thrilled to bring Maureen to life for all of you. Lara received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Weber State University and has previously performed in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy), 35MM: A Musical Exhibition (Woman 1), and Gloria (Kendra). When Lara is not doing theatre, her passions are social work and aerial arts. Special thanks to JM, KL, PL, and MT for their never-ending support. Enjoy the show!
Ensemble, Mrs. Jefferson, Blanket Person, Seasons of Love Soloist,
Tabitha has been passionate about performance arts for as long as she can remember. She has performed in over 15 shows and is currently trying her hand at directing and choreographing. Her latest project is a local drag king performance group called the Kings of Reno. Tabitha studied Musical Theater in college but is now pursuing a Master's degree in Psychology in order to continue working with kiddos with disabilities. She also has a passion for helping animals and the environment - one day she hopes to commit to activism for both causes! Tabitha feels honored to be a part of such an important musical as RENT, and she is excited to share the experience with you.
Ryan is an actor who is so excited to be performing in Rent. Ryan Start acting one year ago and has been having a blast and doing great. In the year he’s been in his first Indie movie, The Devils Children (Mike), he’s been in Elf The Musical (Mr. Greenway), produced my TWNN, and has had his first paid commercial! His passions are acting and helping others.
Ensemble, Sue, Vendor #1, Mimi's Mother
Jessica Grimaldo was recently the producer and casting director of the film, The Devil's Children (Horror Nerd Productions) and is currently working on their sequel, The Flock. She is excited to get back to her roots and back on the stage as an actor for the production of RENT. This is her first show at Wild Horse and she would like to thank everyone within the company for giving her a warm welcome. She'd also like to thank her family for always supporting her endeavors along with a special shout out to her three year old daughter, Rowan, who is already showing signs of being a theatre kid.. "sorry not sorry."
Swing, Ensemble, Steve, Waiter,
Jacob Nichols (Company, Roger u/s): Jake is exited to join WHSC again for Rent! Jake started his musical theatre journey back in 2008 with his first show Annie with Backstage Kids. Some of his favorite roles to date include Ram Sweeney in Heathers: High School Edition (WHSC), Shrek in Shrek Jr. (YTCC), and Finch in Newsies (WHCT). Jake also has 13+ years of dance under his belt, with Tap being his favorite style. He hopes that his theatre background and major love for Disney helps him to one day become a Disney cast member. He wants thanks Sierra, Tara, and every other director and choreographer who helped him get where he is today. Finally, he’s exited to help show the impactful story of Rent and hopes everyone enjoys!
Ensemble, Person with Squeegie, Homeless Person
Baylee M. Spear
Baylee has been performing since they were 3, their first show was The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe as a baby beaver with Wild Horse Children’s Theater. Baylee has been performing ever since. Their most recent show was Heathers with Wild Horse Stage Co. where she got the honor of being Martha Dunstock. Performing isn’t their only passion, currently, they are pursuing a career in health care with their end goal being a master’s degree in nursing to ensure that women and trans individuals can have proper access to quality health care. Especially POC who have been disproportionately affected by the health care system. Baylee is so excited to be a part of this amazing production and is ecstatic to work with all of these talented individuals. “Speak your mind even if your voice shakes” -RBG
The Man, Mr. Grey, Pastor
Ethan is stoked to be a part of another WHSC production. He has been acting off and on since elementary school and his two favorite roles have been Prince Eric in YTCC’s production of The Little Mermaid Jr. and Kurt Kelly in WHSC’s production of Heathers: High School Edition. Whether it be on stage or behind the scenes, Ethan loves to be a part of theater and hopes to pursue a career within the theater/film arts.
Tune Up/Voice Mail #1 — Mark, Roger, Mrs. Cohen, Collins, Benny
Rent — Mark, Roger, Benny, Collins, Joanne, Company
You Okay, Honey? — Angel and Collins
One Song Glory — Roger
Light My Candle — Mimi and Roger
Voice Mail #2 — Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson
Today 4 U — Angel
You'll See — Benny, Mark, Roger, Collins, Angel
Tango: Maureen — Joanne, Mark
Life Support — Gordon, Paul, Mark, Company
Out Tonight — Mimi
Another Day — Mimi, Roger, Company
Will I? — Steve, Company
On the Street — Company
Santa Fe - Collins, Angel, Mark, Company
I'll Cover You — Angel and Collins
We're Okay — Joanne
Christmas Bells — Company
Over the Moon — Maureen
La Vie Bohème/I Should Tell You — Company, Roger, Mimi
Seasons of Love — Company
Happy New Year/Voice Mail #3 — Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Angel, Maureen,
Joanne, Mrs. Cohen, Alexi Darling
Take Me or Leave Me — Maureen and Joanne
Without You — Roger and Mimi
Voice Mail #4 — Alexi Darling
Contact — Angel and Company
I'll Cover You (Reprise) — Collins and Company
Halloween — Mark
Goodbye Love — Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Maureen, Joanne, and Benny
What You Own — Roger and Mark
Voice Mail #5 — Roger's Mom, Mimi's Mom, Mr. Jefferson, and Mrs. Cohen
Finale/Your Eyes — Mark, Roger, Collins, Maureen, Joanne, Mimi, Company
"In these dangerous times, where it seems the world is ripping apart at the seams, we can all learn how to survive from those who stare death squarely in the face every day, and we should reach out to each other and bond as a community, rather than hide from the terrors of life."
- Jonathan Larson