After a few weeks’ hiatus, “Rent” will be back up and running again Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 13, 14, 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Waldo Theatre, Main Street/Route 220.

With a few of this summer’s actors off to college, there are changes in the cast. Griffin Han-Lalime has begun his college career at University of California Santa Cruz; the role of Mark is now be filled by Brad Fillion, who has been working diligently on becoming Mark as opposed to his former Benny, which will now be played by Christopher Gray. Haley Bascom (bikini girl) also has departed, for her final semester before graduation from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

“Rent,” with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, is a story about young people finding their way during the height of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. The story speaks to coping, learning and growing as much as it speaks to love, hope and acceptance.

During the performances, the Waldo will be selling red ribbons for $3 and red bracelets for $5. Monies will be split evenly between the Hospitality House in Rockland, the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle and Equity Fights AIDS. The theater also will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and toiletries, which will be delivered to the first two organizations.

The Waldo’s cast consists of many known faces, as well as some newcomers. Animal lovers will recognize Phoebe Mendes of Animal House; also on stage is Damariscotta Montessori teacher Allison Roberts. The rest are Tod Widdecombe (Roger), Mallory Smith-Adams (Mimi), Roger Marcotte (Collins), Kyle Aarons (Angel), Justice Kennedy, Elizabeth Vega, Michael Juchnik, Rae Cerce, Catie Larie, Patricia Saucier, Merissa Madarasz, Eric Marshall, Lizz Poulos, Chris Powers, Sabrina Turner and Jenni-Lyn Prescott (who has just joined).

Tickets are $15, $10 for students and senior citizens. Group rates are available; send email to to make arrangements. Tickets are available at Maine Coast Books in Damariscotta; Community Pharmacy in Waldoboro; or call and leave a message at 832-6060.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or