Dec 10, 2013
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"Rent" Production Is Back on at Trumbull High School

"Rent" Production Is Back on at Trumbull High School

According to the Trumbull Patch, Trumbull High School will now be producing Rent: School Edition.

This comes a week after the Board of Education backed principal Marc Guarino's decision that the play would not be produced at the school.

The Patch reports that Guarino issued a letter on Tuesday afternoon that said:

"The learning opportunities are essential. To plan for these, I will be working collaboratively with various groups," Guarino said.

He concluded, "I believe that this process can be accomplished during the 2013/2014 school year if the performance dates can be delayed to Wednesday, April 30, dress rehearsal, through Sunday, May 4."

The decision to go on with the production apparently came after added pressure from Trumbull First Selectman Bill Herbst, who during an interview on WICC radio on Monday suggested that Guarino did extra research about the production, reaching out to other local schools that had produced the play. Herbst said that Guarino wanted to make sure that the production would be "an educational opportunity where we teach not only our students, but all of our citizens, a lot of the fundamental principles that are derived from this musical."

After initially being told by Guarino that the production was not right because the play covers "sensitive" and "controversial" subjects—despite the fact that the planned Trumbull production was to be the "School Edition," a version of Rent specially adapted for schools—Trumbull High students had responsibly gone about getting support to reinstate the musical, including gathering petitions and launching a Facebook page to garner public support.

Apparently, their responsible efforts were effective.

 

"Rent" Production Is Back on at Trumbull High School

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