It's a musical about struggling young artists trying to survive and thrive in a big city, so it's quite appropriate the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation - which consists of a lot of struggling young artists trying to survive and thrive in such a city - is tackling the prize-winning Jonathan Larson Broadway hit Rent for its flagship musical in November.
Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Boheme, the story of downtrodden actors, dancers and musicians in East Village New York in the age of Aids was a cultural touchstone in the mid-1990s. Our own arts group is now looking for young and energetic actors, singers and dancers between the ages of 15 and 25 for its own production. They do need people who can do all of the above, but there are separate auditions for dancers and singers. The dance audition is on May 22 and a routine will be taught at the audition. Try-outs for singers will take place on May 29 and participants are requested to prepare a minute-long song in the style of Rent's numbers.
Interested talent can register for one of the auditions, or both, online at www.hkyaf.com . Click on the registration form under Rent. The deadline is May 14. For more info, call 2877 2656 or e-mail kerryL@hkyaf.com .