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I'm excited -- CSU will present "Rent" next season

When I heard what Columbus State University's department of theater was going to offer during the 2012-13 season, you'd better believe I'm proud of my alma mater.

The kids will be doing "Rent." For real.

This is the show that won the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize after playwright Jonathan Larson died.

Based on "La Boheme," it's about a group of young artists (actors, visual artists, exotic dancers, drag queens) living in New York City, trying to make it in their fields, whatever they may be.

I didn't see it in New York, but I saw the first national tour when it came to Atlanta. It's an amazing play.

I didn't see it when it came to RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. I should have because a Columbus boy, Jahmal Adderley, was playing Angel on that tour.

What else is on the schedule?

Well, here it is:

The first show is "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" at 7:30 p.m. June 8-9, June 15-16 and June 22-23 and 2 p.m. June 10 and June 17. The musical has been described as "'South Park' meets 'Desperate Housewives.'"

The second show is "Dora the Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure" at 10 a.m. June 12-16 and June 19-23 and 2 p.m. June 24.

These two shows are by the Columbus Repertory Theatre, and will feature students who are enrolled in summer school.

The fall shows are:

"Miss Nelson is Missing!," a children's show, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6-8 and 2 p.m. Sept. 9.

"Anton in Show Business," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20-22 and 2 p.m. Sept. 23.

"Circle Mirror Transformation," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21.

"Amadeus," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

The spring shows are:

"Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly," a children's show, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-19 and 2 p.m. Jan. 20.

"Beggars in the House of Plenty," 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3.

"Rent," 7:30 p.m. March 22-23 and March 28-30 and 2 p.m. March 24.

All shows are in the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 W. 10th St.

Season and single tickets are not yet available.

Call 706-507-8444.