The University of Pennsylvania Law School Light Opera Company (LSLOC), a student-run performing arts organization, is pleased to present Jonathan Larson’s RENT. The show opens on the evening of Thursday April 10th at 8:00 p.m. and plays through Saturday April 12th in Penn Law’s Fitts Auditorium. Guests will be treated to a complimentary reception preceding each show at 7:00 p.m.
While law students are notoriously busy reading books and briefing cases, Penn Law has a long tradition of encouraging active participation in collaborative extracurricular activities, including those in the arts. The Law School Light Opera Company provides an opportunity for students to showcase not only their musical, technical, and dramatic talents, it is also a welcome relief from the rigor of academic pursuits.
The Law School Light Opera Company traces its origins to 1971, when two law professors formed an octet, composed of members of the Law School community, to sing carols in the Great Hall. The activity quickly grew in scale, and in 1977, students organized their first musical production, Trial By Jury. The show was presented once in the historic Silverman Great Hall, and once at Houston Hall. Subsequent productions continued to grow in size, and often featured operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan complete with a live orchestra.
In the early 90’s, the club began to move deeper into musical theater and took on more traditional comedic musicals as part of its repertoire. The group performed classics such as Into the Woods, Chicago, and Pippin. In 2012, the group performed the extremely well received comedy Intervention, written and produced by one of the club’s own members. Last year, the LSLOC presented a superb production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
This year’s performance of Rent will take LSLOC’s productions to a whole new level, as it transforms Penn Law’s Fitts Auditorium into New York’s East Village in the mid-1990’s, where artistic expression and the pursuit of dreams battle poverty, broken relationships, and the AIDS epidemic. At the April 10th performance, 5 representatives and attorneys from AIDS Law of Pennsylvania will be presented with a $500 donation in conjunction with Penn Law Review at the end of the show.
The LSLOC invites you to witness Penn Law’s finest in this epic, Tony Award-winning rock ‘n’ roll musical. Come laugh, cry, smile, and sing along with us in what promises to be a spectacular evening to remember.
Tickets can be purchased at pennlawlightopera.tumblr.com and at the door for $10.