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High school principal changes his mind about woefully dated AIDS musical

After a petition drive and social media campaign by students at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, Conn., the principal said on Monday that he was reversing himself and allowing its production of the musical “Rent” to go forward in March as originally planned. The principal, Marc Guarino, said in an interview that he and the student Thespian Society had developed ideas that satisfied his concern that the production be accompanied by an educational component.

In late November, Mr. Guarino told the drama organization that he was barring the production because of concerns about sensitive material in “Rent,” a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that features gay and straight characters dealing with drug use, sexuality, H.I.V. and romantic heartbreak. The drama club’s president, Larissa Mark, rallied support against the cancellation with a Facebook page and a petition in favor of the production that was signed by about 1,500 fellow students.

Full story: Connecticut school’s production of ‘Rent’ is back on