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KEDM Director's Gala for "RENT" Promises Bohemian Revelry

Join us for an eclectic Bohemian-style party! The fun starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18, so get your tickets now for the KEDM Director’s Gala for RENT at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

The ULM Sculpture Garden will be the setting for a breezy "boho" backyard celebration before the Friday performance at 7:30 p.m. of Jonathan Larson’s Tony- and Pulizter Prize-winning musical.

“Garden parties are the one of the great joys of spring. We’ll have a relaxed party with an eclectic menu before seeing this outstanding musical” says Lila Strode, KEDM development director and event chair. “Stuart Scalia will transform the garden to reflect the carefree artistic style of this year’s theme.”

The cast of RENT, with Director Robin Stephens and Musical Director Dr. Jason Reinhart, will be on hand to meet and mingle with guests.

The evening also features live music with a boho vibe performed by ULM students. Easy appetizers, tapas and catered dishes prepared by area caterers and restaurants include Grilled Pineapple Guacamole, Vomachka, Caprese Skewers, Savory Tuna Mini Sandwiches, and more Bohemian inspired selections.

Fiesta Nutrition and Chef Eric Johnson are among several local businesses providing the menu. Guests will enjoy a Black Sangria, sponsored by Southern Beverage, as this year’s signature drink; and a pairing of wines and beer accompany the festivities.

RENT says so much about the struggle to find a place in the world. KEDM is again thrilled to partner with ULM’s School of Visual and Performing Arts” says General Manager Jay Curtis. “This production makes us all look deeply inward for what we can give to each other, and how we can face even the gravest circumstances with hope.”

RENT says so much about the struggle to find a place in the world.

  RENT tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create life in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City.

The event is sponsored by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, Fiesta Nutrition Center, ATMOS Energy, Snellings, Breard, Sartor, Inabnett, & Trascher, Matt’s Music, Marsala Beverage, BayouLife Magazine, Sir Speedy, Choice Brands, Southern Beverage, Landry’s Vineyards, Kelsey Klean, and Sammy’s Plant World.

With Gala tickets, guests also receive preferred seating for RENT on Friday. Get your tickets now to this extraordinary event! 

The full run of performances are March 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit or call 318-342-1414. Gala tickets are also available by calling 318-342-5556.

Jay calls himself a "media producer" in a world of diversification. Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film Production from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and worked in video, feature film and television production for over 10 years before joining KEDM full time.
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