SCC Press Release

SCC Music and Drama Students to Take RENT on the Road to Keokuk, Burlington

Music and Drama students and Southeastern Community College will be performing the musical, RENT at Keokuk’s Grand Theatre and Burlington’s Capitol Theater this month.

Performances will be as follows:

Burlington Capitol Theater: April 11 & 12 at 7:00PM, April 13 at 2:00PM

Keokuk Grand Theatre: April 18 & 19 at 7:00PM

This is the first year that SCC’s West Burlington and Keokuk campus students have combined for a joint production. More than 20 students are involved as cast and crew.

“It’s been great to have students from both campuses share the stage. There’s a lot of energy when we get together. From a practical perspective, we’ve been able to add more depth to the cast and take better advantage of our resources by joining forces,” explains Vocal Music instructor Leigh Pirtle.

The troupe had to work out logistics for scheduling practices and rehearsal times, but everyone involved is very proud of the end result.

SCC Drama instructor Jodi Cook continues that by focusing on a single production, the students are able to take their show on the road and perform in two different venues. “We knew we would need to pick something that could be easily transportable. RENT fit the bill perfectly. The sets are minimal and have an industrial feel and so the focus is really on the performers.”

RENT is a rock opera written by Jonathan Larson. It is set in New York City and is loosely based on Puccini’s “La Boheme.” It follows the lives of a group of Bohemian friends who face their struggles with life and loss.  It is a powerful story delivered through the musical vehicle of song from start to finish.

Capitol Theater tickets are $12 adults, $8 students, and are available at the door and at

Grand Theatre tickets are $12 adults, $6 balcony seating, and are available at the door and on Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17 from 4:00PM top 7:00PM, and at the Fred Karre Memorial Library on SCC’s Keokuk campus.

RENT contains mature content. Parental guidance is suggested.

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