Rent – Iowa State University Theatre Production

The Stars Over VEISHEA Musical

book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson

“Forget regret or life is yours to miss, No other road, no other way. No day but today.”

The story of a group of eight friends who are impoverished young artists and musicians, struggling to create and survive under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The inspiration for the characters and the plot is taken directly from Puccini’s opera La Boheme which used tuberculosis as its scourge. The musical first opened on Broadway in 1996, ran for twelve years, and won a Pulitzer Prize. Produced in conjunction with VEISHEA and the Department of Music. Warning: This production is intended for mature audiences.

April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; April 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

Fisher Theater – Ames

Adults $21, students $16. Tickets are on sale through the Iowa State Center Ticket Office located in Stephens Auditorium Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. or through any TicketMaster.

The Cast

Angel – Colin Morgan
Roger – Jonathan Brugioni
Mark – Ben Millar
Collins – Nick Prenger
Benny – Anson Woodin
Mimi – Heather Kae Smith
Maureen – Sara Jensen
Joanne – Jacquie Evans

Men’s Ensemble
Ethan Peterson
Christopher Grim
Dan Poppen
Austen Naggatz
Malcolm Kelly
Brandon Brockshus
Wes Ketcham

Women’s Ensemble
Annie Feenstra
Ali Dahl
Rebecca Leu
Elizabeth Thompson
Grace Warren
Abby Lund
Kelsie Hardison
Madeline Russell
Meghan Sigwarth


Keyboards, Synthesizers – Michael Giles, Johanna Sholar
Percussion, Trap Set – Lee Plummer
Guitar – Kyle Folvag, Ryan Sheeler
Bass Guitar – Rachel Petsche
Utility Keyboards – Daniel Ellis

Production Team

Director – Brad Dell
Conductor, Musical Director –Don Simonson
Scenic Designer – Rob Sunderman
Costume Designer – Kelly Marie Schaefer
Guest Lighting Designer – Ray Steveson
Choreographer – Valerie Williams
Stage Manager – Kiah Kayser
Technical Director – Derek Hisek
Scene Shop Assistants – Janie Anderson, Michael Brandt, Taylor Clemens, Zachary Eskrich, Amber Fitzsimmons, Dan Fynaardt, Kiah Kayser, Austin Kopsa, Matt Meldrem, Kiersten Naberhaus, Liz Rankin, Josh Ster, Emily Visser, Madison Welterlen, Charlie Ziemann
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Linsey Heister, Amanda Jorgensen, Madeleine Kobus, Emily Morley
Assistant Director – Amber Fitzsimmons, Austin Kopsa
Assistant Musical Director – Daniel Ellis
Assistant Scenic Designer – Dan Fynaardt, Davalyn Stepzinski
Assistant Costume Designer – Katelyn Hall
Assistant Stage Manager – Julia Ferrell
Accompanist – Johanna Sholar
Follow Spot Operator – Ryan Stufflebeem
Personal Assistant to the Scenic Designer – Carolyn Susa, Early Turner
Stagehands – Jacquelyn Wienand, Shawn O’Hern, Douglas Van Oostenrijk, Justin Voga, Kenneth Shibata
Wardrobe – Madison Welterlen, Danielle Levings, Haley Newberry
Costume Shopper – Meghan Sigwarth
Light Board Operator – Taylor Clemens
Sound Board Operator – Charlie Ziemann
Sound Designer/Engineer – Josh Jepson
Production Manager – Jim Trenberth
Poster and Program Design – Jenny Lichty
Photographers – Rebekka Brown, Tim Reuter, Nancy Thompson
Stars Over VEISHEA Co-Chairs – Grant Bragfrede, Jenny Lichty
Scenic Artists – Kiah Kayser, Austin Kopsa, Sea Sunderman, Rob Sunderman
House Managers – Brittny Rebhuhn, Alyson Boes, Casey Buenzow
Box Office Supervisors – Amber Fitzsimmons, Zachary Eskrich, Brad Dell, Jim Trenberth
Properties Design and Construction – Liz Rankin, Kiersten Naberhaus


Publicity photos by Timothy Reuter

Production photos by Nancy Thompson

Poster by Jenny Lichty

Read about it in Inside Iowa State, Ames 24/7, and the Ames Tribune!