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Rent/La Bohème Program
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Ground-Breaking Productions La Boheme, Rent to be Held at BW

Celebrating another premier event offered through its Conservatory of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance, Baldwin Wallace University presents ground-breaking, in repertory productions of La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini and Rent by Jonathan Larson.

Rent is based on the story of La Bohème, a tale of struggling young artists facing poverty and the dangers of living life on the edge. 

Performances run Feb. 15-27 in the John Patrick Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 E. Bagley Rd.

Performance Schedule
Rent:  Feb. 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.
and on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

La BohèmeFeb. 16, 19 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
and on Feb. 20, 26 and 27 at 2 p.m.

A series of pre-show talks with prominent BW and community representatives will be held one hour prior to each performance. They will spotlight various aspects of the show to help spectators better understand and appreciate the production. The schedule of speakers is available online.

Ticket Information
$25 (general admission, single ticket)
$45 (Saturday/Sunday—one ticket for both shows on same day)
$20 (senior citizens ages 62 and older)
$20 (students from other schools having a valid school ID)
$15 (BW faculty/staff—first two tickets are $15 each; additional are $25 each)
$10 (BW students—first two tickets are $10 each; additional are $20 each)
 
Tickets may be reserved by calling the BW Theatre Box Office at (440) 826-2240. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
 
Productions Offer Exceptional Learning Opportunities
"This project provides a unique opportunity for our undergraduate vocal and instrumental musicians who would ordinarily not be exposed to this repertoire in an undergraduate-only setting,” said Conservatory Director Peter Landgren. “At the same time, we hope to encourage our enthusiastic music theatre audiences to experience this beautiful opera and see another side of our Conservatory’s talent.

Inspired Creative Team Brings Productions to Life
Victoria Bussert, director of the music theatre program, is the stage director for both productions. She believes these two pieces have not been previously performed together. Bussert has directed La Bohème for Piedmont Opera and Madame Butterfly for Cleveland Opera among other productions. Her music theatre credits include regional, off-Broadway and national tours. She also is on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Music Theatres.
 
Constantine Kitsopoulos, guest conductor for La Bohème, has built an international reputation spanning opera, symphony and musical theatre. The music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra, he also is the general director of Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005. He has guest conducted the Baltimore, Detroit and San Francisco symphonies as well as the Blossom Festival Orchestra. He has conducted opera in the U.S. and in China and was the conductor of the highly acclaimed Broadway production of La Bohème as well as the 2008 Tony-nominated musical, A Catered Affair.
 
Set and lighting design are by Jeff Herrmann, costumes by Charlotte Yetman with choreography by Greg Daniels. BW junior Ryan Garrett is the music director for Rent.

Acclaimed Music Theatre Department
BW's award-winning faculty devote personal attention to helping students succeed. In the past three years, the College has been chosen to present non-union premieres of  Phantom of the Opera, Brooklyn and [title of show].  In addition, music theatre alumni and students have accrued impressive careers that span Broadway to London.

 

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