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Later this month, CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater will transform into the lower East Side of New York City for our Mainstage Production of Jonathan Larson’s Rent. Set Designer Brian Ruggaber provides us with a preview of this transformation today. UC Photojournalism student Jospeh Wilkens then shows us how these designs come to life in our state-of-the-art scene shop.

Rent features lighting by Weston Wetzel, sound design by Valerie Lawrence, costumes by Rebecca Doroshuk, hair & make-up design by Robert Michael Navarre, choreography by Diane Lala, musical direction by Steven Goers and stage direction by Richard Hess. The breakthrough musical of the 1990s runs Feb. 24 – March 6. Tickets are on sale now. Learn more about the production after the jump.

Jonathan Larson’s Rent resets Puccini’s La bohème in the lower East Side of New York City. The Bohemian artists and poets of the original are now contemporary figures working on the fringes of the art world, finding humor, conflict and love in an environment struggling under the specter of AIDS. The winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this rock opera is a challenging, emotional and deeply moving portrait of a new generation. CCM presents Rent Feb. 24 – Mar. 6, 2011 in the University of Cincinnati’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Due to its adult themes, this production is intended for mature audiences.

Tickets: $27-$29, $17-$19 students, $11 student rush tickets available for Saturday matinees beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 and March 5; limit two rush tickets per student ID.

Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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