Iconic Rock Musical “Rent” to Hit the Stage at Penguin Point Productions

 Oviedo-based community theater company, Good Vibes Theatre Co., will present the rock musical “Rent” from August 12 – 14 at Penguin Point Productions in the Oviedo Mall. The Good Vibes creative team and their cast of local talent aim to bring a fresh take to Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.

“We’re excited to put our own spin on such an iconic piece of musical theater history, especially with a show that still feels so real and relevant in today’s climate,” said director Jamaal Solomon, who also plays the role of anarchist-philosopher, Tom Collins. “As a community theater group, our shows need to reflect both our community’s spirit and its diversity. We wanted to build an environment where people from all backgrounds feel seen and could come together to celebrate love and life.”

Set in the East Village of New York City during the height of the AIDS crisis, “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 cultural phenomenon, with a story that still resonates as strongly with audiences today as it did over 25 years ago, when its Broadway debut introduced the world to a new kind of musical — one that was modern, real and raw.

“Discrimination, and the atomization brought about by capitalism, can have painful and heartbreaking impacts on the lives of good people, and I think ‘Rent’ shows us that in a very honest and beautiful way,” said actor Alex Storer, who plays troubled filmmaker Mark Cohen. “Mark is a dream role for me because I strongly relate to his internal conflict between his desire for stability and security and his need to express and create. I’m excited to bring my personal experience with that conflict to the role.”

Actor Zach Smith, who plays Roger Davis — an HIV-positive rock musician attempting to write one perfect song before his time is up — also finds a personal connection to his character through the show’s rock-n-roll score.

“When I first started out in the theater community, I was drawn to ‘Rent’ because it was the first time I’d heard a musical with a ‘rock opera’ vibe,” said Smith. He says that Roger’s musical aspirations resonate with his own from years ago. “My buddies and I once tried forming a band playing out of one of our parents’ garages for the neighborhood kids. Trying to make a name for ourselves and write that ‘One Great Song’ — to no avail, of course. We were just kids after all, but it’s a memory I will cherish forever. As someone who grew up listening to a lot of classic and alternative rock music, this show was right up my alley.”

Alongside Solomon, Storer and Smith, the cast of “Rent” includes Iris M. Johnson (Mimi Marquez), Aubrey Gore (Maureen Johnson), Natalia Medina (Joanne Jefferson), Cesar Montenegro (Angel Dumott Schunard), Jacob Eaddy (Benjamin Coffin III) and a multi-talented ensemble featuring Hailey Marquez, Rubin Orellano, Xavier Crawford, Rebecca DeJesus, Nate Hernandez, Rachel Geib, Alyssa Perez and Paul Pelletier, Jr.

“Rent” is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Where:

Penguin Point Productions

1220 Oviedo Mall Boulevard

Oviedo, FL 32765

When:

Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 13 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m.

Ticket Cost:

$20 (discounts available for seniors and students.)

Get Tickets:

www.penguinpointproductions.com/tickets

More About Penguin Point Productions

Penguin Point Productions is a one-stop shop for performing arts classes, camps, costumes, and community theater located in the Oviedo Mall. Offerings include classes in art, dance, music, theater and writing for students from pre-school through adult; summer camps for grades K-12; a community costume and prop collection; and community theater for all audiences. Learn more at penguinpointproductions.com.

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Caroline Hull, Production Manager

321-765-4631

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More About Good Vibes Theatre Co.

Founded in 2021 in Oviedo, FL, Good Vibes Theatre Co. is dedicated to creating a positive, diverse community where artists can collaborate, create, and grow. The company is led by Jamaal K. Solomon, Iris M. Johnson and Justin J. Scarlat. Past productions include last summer’s Heathers: The Musical and this spring’s Miscast Cabaret. Learn more at goodvibestheatreco.com.

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Annie Lovelock, Marketing Director

407-853-2714 ‬

GoodVibesTheatreCo@gmail.com

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SAIL Participates in AKAM Iconic Week celebrations by Ministry of Steel with Tableau Inauguration


The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) launched a tableau at Kolkata today, starting celebrations under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ Iconic Week being observed by the Ministry of Steel starting from 4th to 10th July, 2022. The tableau was inaugurated by Chairman, SAIL in presence of Director (Commercial) and other senior officials of the Company. Similar tableaus were also flagged off at other SAIL Plant locations. The Company has also planned several other thematic events to celebrate this week with extensive public participation across its Plant and Unit locations. The Ministry of Steel is celebrating this week as a Jan-Utsav in the spirit of Jan-Bhagidari. 



The tableau’s digital screen showcases steel usage, Atmanirbhar Bharat, Make in India and various SAIL steel products and their usages. The tableau will move across the city to raise awareness about ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and steel usage at large. 




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Iconic Week Celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs


Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs celebrated the Day for Dissemination of Democratic Values (D3) here today. On this occasion, a video was telecasted for the staff of the Ministry. The video tutorial was of Youth Parliament. A link of the video tutorial was shared with the staff for further dissemination with friends and family, to maximise the message of the tutorial.


         


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Iconic “The Wonder Years” & “Law & Order” Actress Olivia D’abo is Featured in GoFundMe Campaign for Sci-Fi/Horror Film Paying Homage to Classic Cinema

 Independent production studio HJFILMWORLD launches GoFundMe campaign for sci-fi/horror feature film “The Betty,” starring Olivia D’abo (“The Wonder Years,” “Law & Order,” “Conan The Destroyer”).

“The Betty” is created by newcomers director Hasan Ali and co-writer/co-producer Jeremy Baker. Through their production company, HJFILMWORLD, they have started developing “The Betty,” with Olivia D’abo attached.

Set in an alternate reality, “The Betty” tells a story of an unlikely group of heroes accepting their destiny to stop a returning evil from destroying humanity. This story follows Kasia Landen (played by Olivia D’abo), the billionaire psychic, Alonzo, the Hunter, and Aiko AKA Short Round, the quirky hacker and badass martial artist, as they set on a journey to save humanity from being infected by disease-carrying monsters known as Hellions. “The Betty” is an elegant love letter to classic science-fiction and horror. It is inspired by cult classics such as “Dirty Harry,” “Bullitt,” “Big Trouble In Little China,” “Blade,” and others.

“’The Betty’ screenplay was originally written with Olivia D’abo in mind. We took much inspiration from Olivia’s iconic role as Princess Jehnna in ‘Conan The Destroyer.’ Once reading the script, Olivia was on board,” said Ali.

Said Olivia D’abo, “I am so excited to work with Hasan and Jeremy. Apart from being enormously talented, I think they have a really solid feel for old school cinema and nostalgia.” D’abo continues, “I’m always really grateful for the roles that still resonate with the fans and that’s why I know deep down in my heart that the fans are going to absolutely love what’s in store next.”

“The Betty” GoFundMe Campaign: https://gofund.me/c6974ba7

Ali stated, “Having Olivia on board of this project is the cherry on top. This is a film that has to be made to reinvigorate a love of cinema of a special time in sci-fi and horror while projecting forward in retro-futuristic aesthetic. This is why we chose the route to fund this movie via GoFundMe. It has to be made by any means necessary.”

About HJFILMWORLD

Hasan Ali and Jeremy Baker serve as co-founders of HJFILMWORLD that produces film and art in multiple forms of media. They are advocates of practical effects in old school filmmaking.

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The iconic series returns: “GOSSIP GIRL” reboot launches official trailer

The iconic series returns! HBO Max has just launched the official trailer for the GOSSIP GIRL reboot, a Max Original, that premieres exclusively on the platform on July 8. Click here to watch the trailer!

Eight years after the original website went dark, Gossip Girl is back as your number one source into the scandalous lives of New York’s elite, and she’s making up for lost time. A new generation of Upper East Siders will now be targeted, bringing to light their scandals, angst and gossip in the new era of social media. 

The cast includes performances by Whitney Peak, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Jordan Alexander, Thomas Doherty, Eli Brown, Zión Moreno, Savannah Smith and Tavi Gevinson. GOSSIP GIRL is narrated by the original voice, Kristen Bell.

GOSSIP GIRL is produced by Fake Empire and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios. The series is written, executive produced and developed by Joshua Safran of Random Acts. Executive producers also include Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire, and Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy Entertainment. Lis Rowinski of Fake Empire serves as co-executive producer. Karena Evans directs two episodes and original costume designer Eric Daman rejoins the series.

All complete seasons and episodes of the original GOSSIP GIRL will also be available on HBO Max, when it launches on June 29.