The Gunnery Drama Society at the Gunnery in Washington will continue its production of its winter musical, “Rent: School Edition,” Feb. 23-24 at 7 p.m.

The musical will be staged in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center at the school at 22 Kirby Road.

Admission is free.

The Pulitzer and Tony award-winning musical opened on Broadway in 1996 and ran for 12 years.

Like one of its acknowledged inspirations, Puccini’s opera, “La Boheme,” about artists suffering from tuberculosis in Paris, the New York City artists in “Rent” are struggling with life, love and AIDS.

The music, lyrics, and book are by Jonathan Larson, who died before the show opened off Broadway in 1993.

Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera has been modified to curtail some offensive language and staging.

Led by Gunnery senior Christian Kummer as filmmaker Mark Cohen, and junior Sean Douglas as his roommate and struggling musician Roger Davis, The Gunnery’s cast features veterans and aspiring newcomers.

The cast includes seniors Yamna Abdi Jama, Bella Byrne, Mark Choi, Rachel Cohen, Sabryna Coppola, Clare Costello and Gabby Lescadre; juniors John Crabtree and Katie Nemergut; sophomores Mary Carew-Miller, Isabel Martin, Travis Powell, Harry Sutton and Charlotte Xu, and freshmen Sylvie Edelstein, Max Farrar and Maggie Xiang.

Sophomore Charles DeVos and freshman Hailey Lovallo appear on stage as cops, and double as stage hands.

Senior Ross O’Connor also appears as a cop while taking the role of stage manager, and sophomore Nikolaus Franz plays piano.

Guest performers include sophomore Gwen Brown and senior Kate Hayward. Director Elizabeth Dayton ’08 designed the poster.