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Long-running musical 'Rent' opens mainstage season

Award-winning musical 'Rent' continues Saturday, Sunday.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre & Dance news release

Minnesota State University, Mankato's Department of Theatre & Dance will open its three-musical Mainstage Season with the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning production of "Rent."

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 in Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

"Rent," based on Puccini’s opera "La Bohème," is from the book by Jonathan Larson

On Christmas Eve on the lower East side of New York City in the late 1990s, a group of friends comes together and shares the night in a special way. Over the next year, as relationships grow and change, the characters struggle with paying the rent, eviction, death, drugs and living one day at a time. The production contains mature language and themes, and is not recommended for young children.

Songs like "Seasons of Love," "I’ll Cover You" and "Over the Moon" add to the poignancy of a real-life story that includes Larson’s death of an aortic aneurysm on the eve of the show’s Broadway premiere.

This Minnesota State Mankato premiere is directed and choreographed by Theatre & Dance faculty member Paul Finocchiaro, who last year directed the season opener "Chicago." In addition to the eight central characters, the cast includes an ensemble of 18 that features theatre graduate and undergraduate students as well as dance students.

Leads include Adam Moen, senior BFA candidate in Musical Theatre from New Richland, as Roger Davis; Sam Stoll, sophomore BFA Musical Theatre candidate from Perham, as Mark Cohen; Rodney Fair, BFA Musical Theatre candidate, as Tom Collins; Reginald D. Haney, first-year MFA Acting candidate, as Benjamin Coffin III; Lindsay Odegaard, senior Theatre Arts Generalist from Mason City, IA, as Joanne Jefferson; Maxwell Thao, senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate who transferred from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, as Angel Dumott Schunard; Larissa Schmitz, junior BFA Acting candidate from New Prague, as Mimi Marquez; and Laura Otremba, senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate from Andover, as Maureen Johnson.

The presentation is sponsored by HickoryTech Corporation, and more Information can be found at

Individual tickets are $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 or groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State students. They are available by calling the Theatre & Dance Box Office at (507) 389-6661 from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by visiting

Season subscriptions are on sale through Oct. 9.

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