Judge says Green Valley High School plays can go on

District Judge David Wall this morning denied a request by some Green Valley High School parents seeking to stop this weekend's performance of "The Laramie Project" and the musical "Rent" early next year.

Both plays have homosexual characters and deal with the theme of tolerance.

The judge ruled that the plays were voluntary for participants and audiences, and that "it's a matter of choice."

"We're ecstatic," said student Amanda Smith, 16, who plays a lead role in "Rent."

Smith said the theater students felt relieved that the plays could go on. She said they feel like they're doing something important.

A handful of parents and students showed up for the court hearing.

Contact reporter James Haug at jhaug@reviewjournal.com or 702-799-2922.