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"Rent" comes to Chico State this week

California State University, Chico’s School of the Arts will perform Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, Rent, for its 2010 annual spring musical. The musical will run from May 5-9, in Laxson Auditorium, located on the Chico State campus.

"Rent will be a show unlike anything ever seen at Chico State,” said director Michael C. Mazur, a CSU, Chico Department of Theatre faculty member.

Rent is a modern adaptation of the opera La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, and tells the story of five struggling artists living in New York City’s East Village during the 1990s. Each character wants their voice to be heard and to make a difference in the world. The struggles they face bring important issues to light, such as AIDS, homelessness, and drug abuse.

The grittiness of the stage and props, designed by Department of Theatre faculty member Daniel Schindler, reflect the environment of the artists and the theme of the musical, while the musical’s costumes, designed by Department of Theatre Costume Shop Supervisor Sandra L. Barton, help bring to life the poverty aspects of the musical’s main characters.

Rent gives a message of tolerance and acceptance, which is as relevant today as it was in 1995,” Mazur notes. “The audience will relate to the characters as outside the mainstream and perhaps reflect on how we treat outsiders in our own society,” he added.

“I love this musical because it exposes our actors, designers, and audience to a new type of theatre that is alive in New York today,” Mazur said. “This musical reminds us all to celebrate each moment of our lives and to take the time to tell those you love how much they mean to you.”

For more info: Contact the University Box Office at 530-898-6333.

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