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Cleveland Metropolitan School District students to present ‘Rent’ this weekend

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Fifteenth Annual All-City Musical will be presented May 30th through June 1, 2014 in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare

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Producing partners include Great Lakes Theater, The Human Fund, The Musical Theater Project and PlayhouseSquare

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District will be presenting its fifteenth annual All-City Musical “RENT” in conclusion of its 2013-2014 series of All-City Arts Programming.

In all, over fifty CMSD students from across the district will be involved in the production that will take place on the Ohio Theatre stage at PlayhouseSquare. The show will run from May 30 through June 1, 2014. The production is co-directed by Tony Sias, Director of Arts Education for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Kimberly Brown CMSD All-City Arts Program’s Managing Director.

The music and lyrics for “RENT” were created by Jonathan Larson with musical supervision and additional arrangements contributed by Tim Weil with musical arrangements by Steve Skinner. The dramaturg for the Broadway production was Lynn Thompson.

Rent was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffery Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop. The CMSD All-City Musical production is produced through special arrangement with Music Theater International.

Opening Night for the fifteenth annual All-City Musical Rent is scheduled for Friday, May 30th at 7:30 p.m. The production will continue with a Saturday evening showing on May 31st at 7:30 p.m. and a closing matinee performance on Sunday, June 1st at 3:00 p.m.

All tickets for the fifteenth annual All-City Musical, Rent are $15 and are available by phone at (216) 241-6000, online at www.playhousesquare.orgor by visiting the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office. All seating is general admission.

The fifteenth annual All-City Musical is presented with generous support from The Abington Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, The George Gund Foundation, The Human Fund and Kaiser Permanente. Community partners include the Cleveland AIDS Task Force, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and Cuyahoga Community College.

The All-City Musical is an enriching experience for the students involved in the production, according to Sias, who has served as the director of the All-City Musical for twelve consecutive years.“ The All-City Musical is an extraordinary program that provides students with a structured arts-based experience that refines individual talents, stimulates critical thinking, focuses creativity, strengthens social skills and affords students an informed perspective on the world,” said Sias in a recent interview about the upcoming production. “These young people are amazing.”

The primary goal of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is to become a premier school district in the United States of America. The Cleveland Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, orientation, age, religion or disability.