Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department Student and Alumni Talent Featured in Musical ‘High Fidelity’ Jan. 27-March 5

Darren Patin

Tyler Simone

J.C. Widman

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department student Darren Patin, a senior in the Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre Performance BFA program, is featured in the rock musical High Fidelity, running January 27-March 5 at Refuge Records, 1415 N. Ashland, in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Another Musical Theatre Performance BFA student, Tyler Symone, is the cast’s female swing. And the production’s stage manager is Columbia College alum J.C. Widman ’14, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s technical theatre program.

Darren Patin (far right) with the cast of “High Fidelity”

Written by Tom Kitt, David Lindsay-Abaire, and Amanda Green, High Fidelity is based on Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and on Stephen Frears’ 2000 feature-film adaptation. It concerns the owner of a vintage record shop as he reviews the “top five breakups” of his life in the company of his friends and customers. The story takes place mostly in the hero’s record store, and the Refuge Theatre Project’s staging — a remount of the company’s 2016 hit — will be performed in a store created especially for this production. This will be the first production of the musical to be performed in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, the setting of the movie that starred Chicago natives John Cusack, Joan Cusack, and Lili Taylor.

For tickets, call 773-231-7691 or click here.


Jess Godwin