The following comes from Facebook from Thespian Society President Larissa Mark.
Thespians, THS students, and all people interested in RENT,
RENT deals with many taboos in our society including homosexuality, drug use and disease. For many of us, this invokes a very emotional response that we feel must be remedied. However, we must also respect the administration. We in no way want to make the administration feel threatened by our actions or feel like we are usurping them since they are doing what they truly believe is best for the school and the Trumbull High community. We are upset, but we must also respect whatever decision is made.
This does not mean we cannot express our ideas. Our voices can be heard.
1) If you would like to help, please collect signatures from your fellow students on these official petition forms. You can either print them out for yourselves, or I will be handing out petition forms in the morning outside of the Senior Lounge starting at 7:00am. Please, your fellow students to sign their name so we can show how much of Trumbull High is in support of this production.
I will collect all petition forms at the end of the day outside the Senior Lounge.
2) We will get nowhere in our campaign if we act confrontationally and forcefully on this topic. We should not scream, fight or in any way threaten the administration for making a very hard decision. Our goal should be to respectfully show that we are upset and do believe that RENT could be a very successful show for Trumbull High School. If you see Mr. Guarino please tell him something to the effect that we understand RENT is a scary endeavor, but that we please ask him to reconsider.
3) Please do not act in anyway against this goal of creating an atmosphere that showing that we are upset, but respectful.
Trumbull has always been an accepting town. I am asking all parents to please fill out this survey on if you are in support of Trumbull doing RENT or not. As part of our campaign it is necessary to garner data on Trumbull’s opinions of this musical. Whether Trumbull residents are in support or not, it is important for us to note. Please share this survey with as many Trumbull Adults as possible.
Trumbull, taking on a production of RENT is a monumental task, but many of us in the theater department believe that it could be a very successful and eye opening experience for this town. I implore you to stay calm, avoid emotional outbursts and help this cause as best as possible.
Please share this status with as many people as possible.
President of our Thespian Society