New York Actress Haley Damm Returns Home to Appear in 'RENT'

New York actress Haley Damm returns home to appear as Maureen in Introspect Theatre's production of the award-winning musical, RENT being presented at the Bartlett High School Auditorium this weekend June 25, 26 & 27 at 8 pm.
 
June 22, 2009 - PRLog -- New York actress Haley Damm decided to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple and spend some time at home with her family in Bartlett, IL. To sweeten the deal, Introspect Theatre Artistic Director Jeff Linamen, asked her to appear as Maureen in the new company's production of the award-winning musical, RENT being presented at the Bartlett High School Auditorium this weekend June 25, 26 & 27 at 8 pm. Damm jumped at the chance.

" I thought it was time for break," recalls Damm, " When I got the call about RENT I knew it was the right decision." An active performer while attending Bartlett High School, Damm had leading roles in three BHS musicals and went on to be cast in the All State Musical, 'Ragtime', her senior year.

Damm, a 2005 graduate of Bartlett High School, headed straight to New York after school to pursue her career. She graduated from New York's American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy in 2007 and has worked on several project's since then, including a summer stock production of the musical, HAIR and staged readings of new musicals. To support herself, Damm works as a waitress in a popular Times Square eatery.

The entire cast of RENT is made up of BHS alumni, recent grads and current students. " I saw this as an opportunity to give something back to my community", says Damm. "It's been a great experience and we've created our own family. I never expected so many rewards."

In RENT, her character Maureen is a struggling performance artist also looking for a cause. "A free spirit, but also a good friend," adds Damm.

RENT, written by Jonathan Larson, received the Pulitzer Prize and numerous Tony Awards. It closed recently on Broadway as the seventh longest running show. Introspect Theatre is one of the first companies in the country to be granted the rights to perform the full version of the show.

RENT plays one more weekend, June 25, 26 & 27 at 8 pm. Bartlett High School Auditorium 701 Schick Rd. Bartlett, IL 60120. Tickets may be reserved by calling 847-754-8409. All seats are $10 general admission.

For more information see the groups website at www.introspecttheatre.com

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The mission of Introspect Theatre is to educate and provide quality theatrical experiences for young performers through the production of shows with contemporary social relevance.
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