Wednesday, July 6, 2011

In the Wings: Rent. Meet Alanna Green.

Alanna Green is in the ensemble of RENT, the first production of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book, music and lyrics are by Jonathan Larson, based on Giacomo Puccini's La bohème.

Question: Why did you want to be part of RENT?
Alanna Green: There are several reasons I auditioned. First, I wanted to be involved in a community production. Second, my mother had a double lung transplant 15 years ago and because of the transplant she became immune-suppressed. I know what it is like to have to go through those battles of living with someone who had no immune system, who could get sick all the time. It became a very important part of my life. I feel the message this rock opera brings is you have to live life to the fullest, no day but today. I know what it's like to be on the other side, to live with someone who may or may not make it.

Q: Who do you play in RENT?
A.G.: My characters include the bag lady and Roger's mother. It's really fun.

Q: What is it like working with this cast?
A.G.: I really look forward to rehearsals. At first, everyone was apprehensive as we got to know one another. But I feel we're all friends and we really have bonded. Working with this cast is a lot of fun because you're with people who are talented and passionate about singing and acting.

Q: What do you think an audience will most remember about a performance of RENT?
A.G.: The heart. We'll do a really good job of conveying the messages that Jonathan Larson put into it. A lot of people live day-to-day, biding their time and waiting until the next day or the weekend for whatever. It's also important to treat and love people like you would want to be loved yourself.

RENT will open Thursday, July 14 and run through July 16 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, 4449 ST RD 43 N, West Lafayette. Sunday, July 17 has been scheduled as a performance date if there are any rain outs. Performances begin at 9:00 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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