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Tony-winner 'Rent' opens Oct. 21

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  • The "Rent" cast, clockwise from bottom left: Lexi Burkley; Terry Jackson; Dan Walsh; Felicia Filip; Angela Pazarella and Jonah Parra.

      The "Rent" cast, clockwise from bottom left: Lexi Burkley; Terry Jackson; Dan Walsh; Felicia Filip; Angela Pazarella and Jonah Parra.
    Courtesy ArtReach Educational Theatre

Submitted by ArtReach Educational Theatre

ArtReach Educational Theatre in partnership with Spotlite Theatrix Production Company and District 214 Community Education, is staging "Rent," book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. Musical Arrangements by Steve Skinner.

"Rent" will be presented Friday-Sunday, Oct. 21-23 at the Forest View Education Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday/Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16 in advance; $18 at the door. Student rates (with valid ID) and group discounts are also offered. (630) 808-5852 or

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Set in the East 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 the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, "Rent" has become a pop cultural phenomenon.

The production is directed by Dan Walsh, of Chicago, with choreography by Walsh and Olivia DalPorto, of Lake Zurich. Musical direction is by Lexi Burkley, Lake Zurich.

The cast features Marc Beth (Glendale Heights); Dan Walsh; Lexi Burkley; Jonah Parra (Palatine); Alex Buda (Palatine); Felicia Filip (LaGrange Park); Angela Panzarella (West Dundee); and Terry Jackson (Hoffman Estates).

The mission of ArtReach Educational Theatre is to expose children to all aspects of theater, music and dance. The group accepts any child with a genuine interest in the arts from age 5 through high school. Beginner to advanced performing levels are open and the Fall Musical Theatre Workshop is starting. ArtReach offers private voice lessons, dance and acting classes, advanced musical theater workshops and summer arts camp programs in Palatine.

For information about ArtReach programs taught by professional actors and teachers, call (847) 372-7798 or visit

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