There was a recent story out of Fulton, MO where three parents objected to the local High Schools production of "Grease".
"....in Fulton, Mo., where three members of a local church objected to the high school's fall production of the musical "Grease," even though one of them hadn't even seen it. In a response that would have made Joe McCarthy proud, Mark Enderle, the school superintendent, then proceeded to overturn the choice of "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's indictment of McCarthyism, as the spring play."
"Morally, "Grease" does seem pretty indefensible --- after all, its message is that if girls dress like tramps, boys will like them. Moreover, it portrays teenagers smoking, drinking, swearing and having sex --- in other words, reality. But "Grease" has also been one of the most performed high school musicals of the past 25 years, and it is shown regularly on ABC Family channel, which is also the home of Pat Robertson's "700 Club."
Now, on the other side of the spectrum, I just got home from my nephews' high school production of "Hair".
Indeed the school spent 7 months doing a curriculum about the 60's and such, but I for one just didn't think it was the best material for a High School musical. They did not have a nude scene, and cut two very suggestive numbers, but never the less, I just didn't think it the best choice.
I applaud the district for having the courage to do this production, but wonder if it was the best idea.
What are your thoughts?