Allow Trumbull High School students to perform "Rent"

Allow Trumbull High School students to perform "Rent"

    1. Ashley Balestriere
    2. Petition by

      Ashley Balestriere

      Trumbull, CT

February 2014


Ashley Balestriere: RENT is ON in Trumbull!

"This past Monday, the Trumbull High School administration has informed the theater department that we will not be able to produce our production of the school edition of RENT. We have been told that the topics it covers are too “sensitive” and “controversial” for a high school, and that now is not the right time.
However, many Trumbull High Students tend to disagree. The show does discuss themes of homosexuality, drug use, and disease such as AIDS, yet the Trumbull High Theater Program sees these themes not as a risk, but as an opportunity. Art is meant to explore the passions and struggle of our modern society. The students at Trumbull High want to make a statement saying that our generation will not discriminate against people based on sexual orientation, that drugs can ruin people’s lives as they do many of the characters and we want to make an impact on the society we live in.
Since the show was announced in August, it has created a frenzy of excitement in our halls. Kids who have never been interested in theater before were eagerly waiting for opening night. This show has brought our community so much closer before even audition week, and it is sad to see this growth stopped.
We understand that the administration believes it is doing what is best for our school; however we ask that they please reconsider this decision.
If you support our cause, please like and share our page."

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    Reasons for signing

      • 9 months ago

      RENT is a very wonderful production and it must be shared.

    • Turandot Yuan ST. JOHNS, FL
      • 9 months ago

      it might just be some kid's dream to sing along to la vie boheme while dancing on a table and it might be their only shot in a lifetime

    • Nedelle Torrisi LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 10 months ago

      First Amendment Rights

    • Phillip Bettencourt NEW YORK, NY
      • 10 months ago

      RENT is an excellent, beloved musical that honestly discusses topics that are relevant to adults and young adults alike. This form of censorship in unconscionable.

    • Tanya Blasbalg ATLANTA, GA
      • 10 months ago

      As a Trumbull High alum, it was so disappointing to hear news of the cancellation. The phenomenal teachers I had at THS taught me that all censorship is bad. I was encouraged to engage deeply, think critically, and form my own opinions, without placing limits on exposure, and I am grateful for that. This type of censorship has no place in education, and may very well alienate LGBT students, who I feel are most in need of acceptance at the critical high school age, when they are highly engaged in personal development and self exploration. THS was a pitiful place for LGBT students when I was there 15 years ago; it's time to wake up!


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