Local thespians join ‘Rent’ cast

ACT San Diego will present “Rent-School Edition” at downtown’s Lyceum Theatre on Aug. 7 to 16. Seven young actors from Carmel Valley along with students from Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach perform in the rock musical that deals with relationships, loss, AIDS, sexuality, drug use, death and acceptance.

Canyon Crest Academy seniors Emma Stratton and Matt Maretz tackle the lead roles of Maureen and Roger. Carmel Valley resident Hunter Schwarz, 14, shares the role of Roger. Zoe Katz from Carmel Valley and Torrey Mercer from Solana Beach also share the lead role of Joanne.

The play is directed by San Diego actress and director Leigh Scarritt and choreographed by Tiffany Jane, the 2009 soloist winner of Musicpalooza at the Del Mar Fair.

Tickets cost $18 to $25. For tickets and show times, visit