Didn’t they know what the show is about at this point?
Moe laughed. “Apparently, some people never look it up! They think it’s a Disney-type thing. But our choreographer told us the most important thing is to move people, to make them think, even if they end up leaving.”
Although HIV is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was, Moe said the show is still very much relevant.
“We still hear a lot of stories about how it changed people’s lives,” she said. “How they can relate to the characters in the show, how it helped them come out to their families. A lot of the show is about living life to the fullest, letting go of grudges, not having any regrets. And we’re a young cast, so we bring a lot of ourselves and our experiences to the show.”
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Moe said she first saw “Rent” as a high school production. She said she immediately related to Maureen, having no idea she would play her in a few years.
“Like her, I’m a bit of a whack job,” she said. “I loved how crazy she was, how she sang an entire number about milk.”
HOW TO GO
What: "Rent" 20th Anniversary Tour
When: Dec. 11-23, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays
Where: Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati
Cost: $31 and up
More info: 513-621-2787 or www.cincinnatiarts.org