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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Silhouette Stages Announces Auditions for RENT Jul. 12 & 16

Silhouette Stages proudly announces auditions for its fall production of Jonathan Larson’s musical/ rock opera Rent– the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical that changed Broadway forever.

Auditions (by appointment only) will take place Thursday July 12 & Monday July 16 - 7:00pm-10:00pm in Howard Community College's Horowitz Center, in HVPA 115 (Directions/Parking info – see “Rent Audition Details” www.silhouettestages.com).  The production, directed by Susan G. Kramer, will begin rehearsals early September; performance dates include October 25, 26, 27, 28 and November 1, 2, 3, 4, 2012 at Slayton House in Columbia, Maryland.

Audition appointment information is available on Silhouette Stages’ website:  www.silhouettestages.com.

About “Rent”:  The cast includes a diverse cast of 5 Men, 3 Women, Ensemble 6+ - Ages 18 and up.  All roles are non-paid.  Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.  Based loosely on Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
About Silhouette Stages
Silhouette Stages is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is proud to contribute a portion of their proceeds to local charities in need through tax-exempt donations from patrons and community members like you who support our work.

Silhouette Stages started life as Shadow Block Productions in May 2003 with a production of “Quilters,” an unconventional, vignette-based musical about frontier women. The name “Shadow Block” actually referred to the blocks individually sewn into the quilts. At that time, the goal of Shadow Block was to produce rarely seen, small-cast musicals - the “hidden gems” of Broadway and Off-Broadway. Over the next five years, Shadow Block shows ranged from the serious, Violet and Working, to the seriously funny, Lucky Stiff, Johnny Guitar, and Is There Life After High School, to the satiric Ruthless, Nunsense and Nunsensations. These shows and many others entertained and enlightened Howard County audiences and the small group developed a loyal following.

In 2008, a change of venue provided the opportunity to re-examine the group’s mission statement and reach out to a broader population. Having relocated to Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center of Columbia, MD, the first season’s offerings included the familiar; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Rock & Roll Review, as well as the peculiar and very funny, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Sugar. The group formed a new Board of Directors, incorporated and officially re-named themselves as “Silhouette Stages” in fall of 2009. Each season’s offerings will include a mix of big-name musicals, straight plays/comedies, and the obscure gems. Silhouette Stages touches an ever-expanding community of actors, musicians, production and technical crew, and creative staff in its mission to bring audiences the joys of the theatre experience.

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