Playing at Florence Simmonds Performance Hall in April

(back): Nicole Brenner, Allegra Wright, Lucas Panizzi, Ryan Whitty, Jeremy Hickey, Colin Hood; (front): Hayden Lysecki, Rebekah Brown
[Photo by Sarah Bruce]

RENT is coming to the stage at Florence Simmons Performance Hall in Charlottetown this spring. With book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, this is a production of ACT (a community theatre), presented by Kendra Stretch and Coldwell Banker Parker Realty. Performances run at 7:30 pm on April 10–12, 18 and 20, with one matinee performance at 2 pm on April 20. 

Having premiered off-Broadway to critical acclaim before making its mark on Broadway, RENT has garnered international praise, captivating audiences around the world. Now, thanks to ACT’s volunteers, this still timely show is making its debut in PEI.

Set in late 1980s Manhattan and inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, Jonathan Larson’s RENT immerses audiences in the struggles of young East Village artists facing a housing crisis, the impact of rising rent during a gentrification period, addiction, and the burgeoning AIDS epidemic, all in their quest for art, life, and love.

The collaboration of PEI artists is the heartbeat of this labour of love, as they join forces to bring Larson’s powerful message to life. Joining the RENT creative team is director Maggie Wright, musical director Jamie Feinberg and choreographer Charlee Whitty, with Keir Malone and Mike Mallaley as co-producers.

RENT addresses mature themes, including HIV/AIDS, addiction, sexuality, homelessness, mental health, loss, and adult content. Attendees are encouraged to consider their comfort level with such content before attending the performance.

Tickets are available online at