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Last chance to see RENT this week


I know I have already blogged about Crimson Creek’s production of RENT, but I hadn’t seen it yet, so it was more informational about the muscial itself.  I have seen it in a number of other locations, so I am quite familiar with RENT, and I am thrilled to report I had the pleasure of seeing Crimson’s portrayal of the popular musical. I was so impressed with the phenomenal talent found in the Grand Forks region.  The vast majority of RENT involves singing with a great deal of movement, there are not many spoken words, and to hear those voices was truly amazing.  The entire cast was great, but, of course, I did have a few favorites such as Roger played by Steven Douglas.  I thought this Roger could compete with any that I have seen in London, NYC, Baltimore or Minneapolis. Matt Hippen played Angel Dummott Schunard and did a fabulous job.  I can’t imagine Angel is an easy character to master, but Matt did it wonderfully! Finally I loved Candice Morgan as Maureen.  Talk about a “drama queen”!  She was hilarious, and her voice was unbelievable. While the Fire Hall Theatre is normally the home of Crimson Creek, …

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No day but today


The Convention & Visitors Bureau office is buzzing about the opening of Crimson Creek’s production of “RENT” tomorrow (Tuesday, August 2) at the Empire Arts Center.  I have seen this modern-day musical in London, New York and Mineapolis, and I know Crimson will not dissapoint.  If you have been to any of their other productions such as “Hair”, “The Producers”, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” and “Psycho Beach Party”, you know what I am talking about. Set in the Ast Village of New York City, “RENT” is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “RENT” has become a pop culture phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.  Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, “RENT” follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city. Crimson performers have performed “flash mobs” at various Grand Forks locations to give us a taste of what is to come.  Click here for a sample. “RENT” is onstage August 2-6 and 9-13 at 7:30 p.m.  Presale tickets ($20/adults and $18/students …

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