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Otterbein University Theatre presents RENT

Otterbein University Theatre presents RENT


Otterbein University Theatre opens its 2015-16 season with the musical, RENT, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24; 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27; and 8 p.m. on Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 1-3 in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets cost $25. Call 614-823-1109 or visit our websiteAdvisory: This production is recommended for mature audiences due to adult language and themes.

Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La BohèmeRENT follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. The group’s dreams, losses and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

The production is directed by Melissa Lusher, last known in the Columbus area for her direction of the Otterbein University Theatre and Dance and Music productions of The Greeks: The Murders and Spring Awakening (named one of the top 10 shows in 2012 by The Columbus Dispatch). Lusher is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Otterbein, where she teaches speech, dialects and acting, and serves as the resident speech/dialects coach for all productions. She also regularly serves as a guest dialect coach at area universities and theater companies.

Tickets for RENT are $25 each and can be reserved by calling the Otterbein University box office at (614) 823-1109 or purchased at out online box office. The box office is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. 

DETAILS:

Otterbein University Theatre & Dance and the Department of Music 
present:

RENT

Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Sept. 24-27 and Oct. 1-3, 2015

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Melissa Lusher

Music Director: Lori Kay Harvey

Choreographer: Natasha Natraj

Scenic Designer: Rob  Johnson

Costume Designer: Emma Sicker

Lighting Designer: Rebecca Schafer

Sound Designer: Doc Davis

 

PRINCIPAL CAST LIST

Roger Davis................................................................................. Connor Allston

Mark Cohen................................................................................. David Buergler

Tom Collins........................................................................................ J.T. Wood

Benjamin Coffin III........................................................................ Connor Cook

Joanne Jefferson........................................................................... Morgan Wood

Angel Dumott Schunard.................................................................. Luke Stewart

Mimi Marquez.............................................................................. Monica Brown

Maureen Johnson.............................................................................. Erin Ulman

Female Ensemble.. Dana Cullinane, Lauren Kent, Natalie Szczerba, Aubree Tally

Male Ensemble.......... Alex Armesto, Tommy Betz, Chris Marth

 

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Thursday, Sept. 24* - 7:30 p.m. - Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

* Opening night, reception to follow performance

Friday, Sept. 25 - 8 p.m. - Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Saturday, Sept. 26 - 8 p.m. - Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville 

Sunday, Sept. 27 - 2 p.m. - Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville 

Thursday, Oct. 1 - 8 p.m. - Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville 

Friday, Oct. 2 - 8 p.m. - Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Saturday, Oct. 3 - 8 p.m. - Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville