Carteret Community Theatre presents the first production of "Rent" in Morehead City. This iconic rock musical, based on Puccini’s beloved opera "La Bohéme" recounts a year in the life of struggling artists living in Manhattan’s East Village at the height of the AIDS crisis. Twenty years ago, "Rent" began a 12-year run on Broadway, during which it received numerous Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. "Rent" is one of only nine musicals to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The local cast, directed by Judy Long, includes Gabe Dorsett as Mark, Andrew Maune as Roger, Nina Sepulveda as Mimi, and Derek Jordan as Angel. The show also features Dora Bullock as Maureen, Katie Dixon as Joanne, Pablo Fulbrook as Collins, and James Speciale as Benny. Together with a large and talented ensemble, these actors will transport you to a world of “poverty, homelessness, spunky gay life, drag queens and punk” amid “a community celebrating life, in the face of death and AIDS, at the turn of the century” (in the words of its author, Jonathan Larson). The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s.

"Rent" will be presented Aug. 3-5 at 8pm. Tickets are available online at and at the door. Advance tickets are $21 for adults and $15 for students. For more information, visit

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