“RENT” on The CG Program (audio)

Here in the Red River Valley, the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) is a longstanding arts staple, and with good reason: Their productions often rival major regional theatre productions that bring in casts made up largely from New York City-based actors.

Their Artistic Director, Scott Brusven, is the perfect person to be holding that position. He understands a theatre must do two things to survive and thrive in an era of dozens of other entertainment options: A theatre must entertain, but it must not play it safe. Great theatre is theatre that often challenges you to rethink how you view the world.

And to that end, on Thursday, July 28 I had the opportunity to be at Opening Night of FMCT’s production of RENT. A number of years earlier I attended the original Broadway production of RENT. Interestingly enough, the excitement I had on Thursday night rivaled what I felt so many years ago. On that night, I saw seasoned professionals rip the theatre apart with a stunning production that rivaled anything I had ever seen on the professional stage.

And on a warm, Thursday night in Fargo I watched and marveled at a cast of young high school and college-aged performers get up on the stage and do the same thing.

Much earlier in the day, I welcomed onto my radio program four members of this very talented cast (Kendrick Pifer, Cora Joe Anderson, Jorie Kosel, Trevor Larson) to talk about their experience as well as perform several songs. Also joining me in studio, the production’s director, Rebecca Myer-Larson and Scott Brusven.

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photo credit: FMCT

Filed Under: Christopher GabrielFargotheatre

About the Author: Christopher serves up sports on 940 ESPN Radio in Fresno with a good deal of pop culture, films, music and the quirky side of life mixed in. Distinguished guests and contributors from across the nation and around the world regularly join the program. He tackles the most complex stories to ones slightly off the radar delivering depth and humor with a thoughtful perspective. When he was in Fargo, the city not the movie, the program was nominated for Best Radio Show in the Red River Valley in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by readers of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. As a writer, Christopher's work has been been published by the Chicago Sun-Times, Sun-Times Network publications, Reuters, USA Volleyball and Team USA, the Official Website of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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