A Southern California
high school production of
that was canceled earlier this month for
concerns over the musical's gay
content is back on, according to the
Los Angeles Times
Students at Newport
Beach's Corona del Mar High School rallied behind drama teacher
Ron Martin, taking to social-networking sites like Facebook and
seeking help from gay supporters to get the decision
"I never had a
problem with the play selected," school principal Fal
Asrani said in a statement released Wednesday. "The
selection of our drama productions is [Martin's] call. I just
requested the opportunity to review the script before it was
final. [The school] administration received parent concerns
from a previous play and I wanted to be able to ensure my
commitment to the concerned parents as well as show my support
of the student production without any reservation."
When the play was
canceled earlier this month, Martin alleged it was because
Asrani had a problem with the play's gay content. Asrani says
she asked for a copy of the script to review but that Martin
told her there wasn't time to do that and obtain clearance from
the licensing committee.
Martin says Asrani and
the school board then opted to cancel the play. Asrani says the
decision was Martin's.
When students were told
the production had been canceled, their outreach quickly led to
mass media attention. Gay activists and alumni of the high
school charged that the play's cancellation was a form of
intolerance and homophobia.
Martin in turn
requested a rush copy of a toned-down version of the script,
which he submitted to Asrani for approval.
"I am so excited
-- this means so much to a lot of people," Corona del Mar
junior Jasmynn Collins told the Times. "It's a great
show; I don't know why it would be shut down," Collins
added. "Obviously there's stuff in there that's a
little racy, but they're real issues, they shouldn't be
The production is
scheduled to mount in late April.