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Theatre Young Harris to Present Mainstage Season Finale RENT

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Author: John Daniels
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
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Theatre Young Harris to Present Mainstage Season Finale RENT

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.—Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will conclude the Mainstage Series with seven performances of the revolutionary rock opera RENT. Performances are scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, through Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in Dobbs Theatre located in Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ or with YHC ID.
Based loosely on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème, Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning RENT tells the story of one year in the life of eight friends living in New York’s East Village—struggling to express themselves through their art while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. Racy, tragic, heartwarming and wildly catchy all at once, this groundbreaking and iconic musical is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.
Directed by YHC Assistant Professor of Theatre Anne Towns, the production features senior Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C., as Mark, senior Brian Walker of Power Springs, Ga., as Roger, sophomore LaDareon Copeland of Centerville, Ga., as Collins, sophomore theatre major Justin Hermosilla of Lawrenceville, Ga., as Angel, junior musical theatre major Benjamin Sims of Hiram, Ga., as Benny, sophomore theatre major Devyn White of Woodstock, Ga., as Mimi, junior musical theatre major T’Arica Crawford of Buford, Ga., as Joanne, and junior English and theatre major Carrie Moll of Suwanee, Ga., as Maureen.
Understudies include sophomore theatre major Brandon Helton of Dahlonega, Ga., as Mark, sophomore theatre major Malik Harris of Carrollton, Ga., as Angel, sophomore music education major Jennifer Peterson of Roswell, Ga., as Joanne, senior business and public policy major Britney Cheney of Brooks, Ga., as Maureen, and senior theatre major Lateefah Dooling of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as Mimi.
The ensemble also includes sophomore theatre and communications studies major Leah Cheshier of Bremen, Ga., senior theatre major Ptah Garvin of College Park, Ga., sophomore theatre major Lindsey Koch of Douglasville, Ga., theatre major Mary Ellen Norwood of Roswell, Ga., sophomore biology major Aaron Smithson of Suwanee, Ga., and freshman theatre major Hannah Valleroy of Johns Creek, Ga.
Due to strong language and adult themes, this play is recommended for mature audiences only.

Theatre Young Harris is a performing arts organization of Young Harris College. Each season, the theatre company presents a full lineup of notable productions, including full-length musicals, innovative dramas, classic plays, children’s shows and more. Auditions are open to students, faculty and staff of Young Harris College as well as the community.
Tickets are on sale now through the Young Harris College Box Office located in the Goolsby Center lobby. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit