This winter the Hippodrome Youth Theatre wowed audiences with their magical production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Central to the story was the eponymous Beast, a cursed creature that finds redemption through love, played excellently by Chris Stott.
But the 19-year-old now changes from devilish Beast to beautiful Angel for the up-coming musical, Rent.
Chris takes up the role of Angel, a beautiful, gay, drag-queen, suffering from AIDS. His story is one of love, drama and tragedy as he binds the characters in the show together.
He is relishing the challenge: “In Rent, I come in as a person who likes to live life to the limit and when I leave, I have touched the hearts of everyone.
“It’s a hard part to play but I love it.”
Rent follows the lives of a group of friends in the East Village, New York as they struggle with poverty, prejudice and the threat of AIDS in the early 90s.
The original stage show ran for twelve years in the US and won more than twenty awards, becoming the seventh most popular musical of all time.
TAODS’ production of Rent will run at the Hippodrome Theatre Todmorden from Tuesday, April 12, to Saturday, April 16.
Tickets are £10 for the opening night, £12 Wednesday to Saturday (£10 concessions) and all tickets £12 on Saturday.
They are obtainable from the Todmorden Tourist Information Centre (01706 818181), online at www.todhip.org or at the box office.