Rent for Shoogly summer school

Nov 3 2017 | By More

Shoogly Peg Productions to stage Rent at King’s

The Edinburgh based youth company Shoogly Peg Productions is to stage Rent the Musical as its intensive summer programme at the King’s Theatre in July 2018.

Open auditions for the summer school will take place on Tuesday 14 and Sunday 19 November 2017 at St Thomas of Aquins High School.

The summer school will run from Monday 2 to Friday 13 July 2018, with performances on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15. There will be an additional three weekend rehearsals leading up to the show in the months of April, May and June.

The company staged a successful summer school at the King’s this last summer, with a production of the Green Day musical, American Idiot – read Æ’s review here: ★★★☆☆ Explosive and Energetic.

Rent, with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, is loosely based on the plot of Puccini’s opera, La Bohème. It won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Set in the late 1980s and early 1990s it follows friends in Manhattan’s East Village who are struggling to build the lives of their dreams.

personal self-discoveries

The group is challenged physically and emotionally by poverty, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, social tensions and political unrest. Facing the problems head on, they make personal self-discoveries and find what really matters most in life.

Director Derek Douglas told Æ: “It will be an incredible experience for any performer to get to perform one of the best musicals in one of Edinburghs best theatres. We will be giving the students an all round experience of professional theatre rehearsals and the rehearsal process.

“It’s great value for money and a great opportunity to work with some top professional teachers in Edinburgh”

Due to the more mature nature of the content, the Shoogly Peg is looking for over 14 year-olds to auditions for the summer school.

The auditions are open to all actors regardless of experience. The fees for the summer school will be £150 if paid before end of December; £200 if paid after that date and before the end of March. This covers the full 2 weeks of rehearsals and shows.

Anyone wishing to audition should sign up for a slot through the links below. Auditionees will be allocated an audition place via email.

Auditionees should prepare a song for their audition which shows their voice off to its best. They will be given a dialogue piece to perform.

Listings and links

Rent Summer School Auditions
St Thomas of Aquins High School, 2-20 Chalmers Street, EH3 9ES
Tuesday 14 November: 6 – 9pm (allocated slots) Book here:
Sunday 19 November: 10am – 4pm (allocated slots) Book here:

Shoogly Peg Website:
Facebook: /shooglypegpro

The original cast recording is available to buy from Amazon. Click on the image for details:


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