Austin students to 'rub it in the district's face' during production of 'Rent'

Posted on 14 Jul 2008 at 10:17am

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You know it’s bad when officials in the most progressive city in the state won’t even support a high school theater production of “Rent.” The Associated Press reports that the Austin Independent School District has halted $10,000 in planned funding for a production of the smash musical at McCallum High School over concerns about its content. According to the school’s technical theater director, “the objections are less about the musical’s drug use and AIDS than homosexuality.”

The show will go on without the props and costumes under a rule that campus productions only need approval from the school principal. And here’s the best part:

J.P. Ponce — a 16-year-old cast as Angel, a gay man who dies of AIDS — said he and the actor playing his character’s boyfriend had planned to just kiss on the forehead on stage.

“But for the last night, we’re going to do it all out, just to rub it in the district’s face,” Ponce said.

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