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'Rent'

From left, Chris Roemmich, as Roger, and Mark Kuntz, as Mark, perform in Sleep Hollow Theatre & Art Park's rendition of "Rent" Thursday at Sixteen03 Main Events in Bismarck. The play runs through Saturday, with more performances scheduled Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.

Sleepy Hollow Theatre & Arts Park premieres its 30th season with the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical of "Rent," which opened Thursday and runs through Saturday as well as Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at Sixteen03 in Bismarck.

"Rent" is the contemporary story based on Pucinni’s opera “La Boehm.” Set in the 1990s in New York’s East Village, it follows the characters' struggle to live and pay their rent. These starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, prejudice and illness.

With book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, it revolutionized the genre of musical theater and opened up paths for Duncan Sheik, Sting, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, U2, Paul Simon and Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of "In the Heights" and "Hamilton." 

This is the second year that Sleepy Hollow has executed a winter show. Cast with adults, it is a fundraising event with all proceeds supporting student scholarships for the summer musicals.

"Rent" is directed by veteran performer/director and Grand Forks native, Job Christenson, who has been on Broadway in "Cats" and "Billy Elliot," performed at the White House and in the Medora Musical and Medora Christmas Show. A native of Grand Forks, he has been part of Sleepy Hollow for 15 years and is artistic director/development director.

Tickets may be purchased for show only or for table seating, which include appetizers and a drink. Reservations may be made at www.shtap.org or by calling 319-0894. Social hour is at 6 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m.

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