Warm family feelings radiate at `Rent' party

SCENE & HEARD

Scene & Heard

December 04, 2005|By SLOANE BROWN | SLOANE BROWN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It may have been pouring rain, but inside Ryan's Daughter Irish Pub & Restaurant, stars were shining brightly. Three cast members of the movie, Rent, added pizazz to a crowd bubbling with excitement over the film's Baltimore premiere that evening.

Wilson Heredia and Anthony Rapp came down from New York to support cast member Tracie Thoms, who is from here. "Family" is how Heredia and Rapp described relationships among the cast. "It's the nature of the story," Herediasaid.

In fact, that "family feeling" permeated the place. Several members of Thoms' own family were on hand. And, then there were all those folks from her alma mater, the Baltimore School for the Arts, the beneficiary of the evening's festivities.

"It feels like Tracie has more than two parents here," said Donald Hicken, head of the school's theater department.

"I know she's fabulous, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie tonight," said Tracie's dad, Donald Thoms. He beamed with pride as he watched his daughter, shimmering in a red satin Nicole Miller cocktail dress, mingle. If a human star can twinkle, Tracie Thoms was doing just that. "I would do just about anything for Tracie!"

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