Students at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana announced last week they would be putting on an independent production of the play canceled by the administration earlier this year.
In March, Carroll High School announced that the spring play ‘Marian: The True Tale of Robinhood’ would not be moving forward and that a new play would be chosen.
The decision came following a few calls from parents who were concerned about certain aspects of the play – such as a non-binary character and a same-sex couple.
Students started a petition to get the play reinstated, but despite garnering more than five thousand signatures, a new spring play was chosen. But, the students didn’t move on so easily.
Not long after, some students connected with Fort Wayne Pride, the organization that puts on Pride events for the LGBTQ+ community, and began planning to put the play on independently. On Thursday, May 4, students launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the play. In the first twelve hours, the campaign had reached $10,000, with a goal of $50,000. In a video announcing the fundraising campaign, several students explained the importance of putting on ‘Marian,’ regardless of a few parents who didn’t agree with the LGBTQ+ characters.