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University Theatre presents Tony-winner 'Rent'

Feb. 15, 2011

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University theatre students will stage the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock opera "Rent" March 17-27 in Shaw Theatre at the University's Gilmore Theatre Complex.

Photo from WMU Theatre's production of Rent.Purchase tickets online

"Rent" at Shaw Theatre

  • Thursday, March 17, 8 p.m.
  • Friday, March 18, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 24, 8 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m.

Loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohème," Jonathon Larson's gritty and groundbreaking rock opera, "Rent," tells the story of eight friends struggling to live and pay the rent against the ruthless backdrop of New York City's East Village. It celebrates life as seen through the eyes of bohemian young artists living with the reality of AIDS, homelessness and drug addiction.

This production contains mature content.

Cast and creative team

Jay Berkow, associate professor of theatre, directs the all-student cast, which includes: Sophia Araoz, Julie Baird, Zachary Bezdziecki, Keith Erik Brown, Liz Bruni, Danielle Elise Campbell, Abbey Clark, Patrick Connaghan, Matt Felkey, Samantha Galvin, Nick Graffagna, Blair Grotbeck, Ethan Hedeen, Megan Jacobson, Meridith Keller, Chas Lowery IV, Zachary D. McConnell, Phillip McLellan, Shari Montville, James Murray, Rachel Napoleon, Sarah Page, Peter Pappas, Bello Pizzimenti, Meghan Shanahan, Colton Steele and Molly Weidig.

The creative team includes WMU students Cole Butcher, stage manager; Caitlin Eby, lighting designer; Kyle Moore, scenic designer; and Jacquelyn Soule, sound designer.


Reserved seating for "Rent" at Shaw Theatre is $20, $15 for senior citizens and WMU employees, and $5 for students. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at wmutheatre.com, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex or Miller Auditorium ticket offices. Group discounts are available by calling (269) 387-3227.

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Media contact: Emily Duguay, (269) 387-3227, emily.duguay@wmich.edu

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