"This was my first time being involved in big stage production and I learnt so much about how all the hard work in rehearsals ends up on the stage. I loved listening to the singers in the rehearsals - you guys are amazing! Big thanks to Bruno and Wellington Footlights for this awesome opportunity!" - Samantha Burnard
And during performance week, I had a great laugh in the wings each night with Tess and other cast members, dancing and miming ridiculously to numbers like Tango Maureen and La Vie Boheme!” - Edward Abrahamson
"In every good show you have a few moments onstage as a performer where you feel absolutely connected to your scene partner, to the material, to the room around you; it's exhilarating, and intense and one of the things that is so addictive about theatre. In Rent, there were two that hit every night - in WithoutYou there was a moment when I'm climbing the stairs while Roger (Dave) is singing, and I see him for the first time since we broke up. And in Goodbye Love A, the moment when Collins (Michael) and I look right at each other and sing "I can't believe this is goodbye." Both these moments always made my heart leap up into my throat." - Cassandra Tse
From the rehearsal process, I think I'd be torn between the rehearsal where we blocked Seasons of Love B / Cover You Reprise and the rehearsal where we blocked Finale A / B / Your Eyes. For me the first was a huge focal point for the character and it was amazing to feel the emotions in the room and be able to tap into them, while the latter was the first time we ran multiple things together and felt like we actually had a show. The latter also was a great sequence for bringing the leads together which again enhanced the sense of unity.” - Michael Stebbings
PS - Honest living, man!” - Ed Blunden
“I loved being part of RENT- bringing the show to life with such a truly wonderful group of people was a really special experience, and I am so, so glad to have joined Footlights! I already miss having regularly scheduled hugs from Mike Bryant during show week- they definitely helped me get through the performances. Plus, I'm a hug addict, and they were going free…” - David Young
“Favourite Rent moments:
Seeing Ben’s beaming face just being so goddamn happy during Xmas Bells in the final dress rehearsal, and knowing that through the esoteric alchemy of theatre that what we were doing matched the vision in his head.
Nailing La Vie Boheme.
Witnessing Collins’ heartbreak.
The (teeny tiny) stuff up at the very end of the final show. Definitely saved me from a tear soaked final bow!”
- Margaret Hill
“My favourite part of Rent was that, as production manager, I got to watch it again and again and again. And it never stopped being magical and heartfelt and amazing. Everyone laughed at me for bawling my eyes out in the front row on closing night but I was just so overwhelmed. Seeing all these people who are like my family up on stage, singing their hearts out- there is really nothing I love more.” - Abigail Helsby