STAGE TUBE: Trumbull School Board Officially Cancels RENT
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Trumbull High School has had their spring musical, the school edition of RENT, halted by school administrators. On Monday, Nov. 25, first-year principal Marc Guarino called a Thespian Society meeting, announcing that their planned production of Jonathan Larson's hit rock opera would be cancelled, according to Howard Sherman.
Since then, the Board of Education has met, deciding to support the principal's decision to cancel the show. Board chairman Deborah Herbst said: "Without proper planning, Rent, the school edition, has the potential to become a speech rather than a meaningful dialogue."
Trumbull High Thespian Society president Larissa Mark helped "organize a bunch of students with petitions to go around. In the course of two days, we collected 1,516 signatures, which is about two-thirds of our school. On Wednesday, I handed [the principal] the original copies of the signature sheets and surveys we'd done to the Trumbull community. We had asked whether people would support Rent and gave them a chance to make comments. We got over 400 responses and an almost overwhelming number of yesses."
Since the Facebook page has gone live, over 4,200 individuals have 'liked' the page, proclaiming their support.
For Trumbull's RENT Facebook page, click here.