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High School Musicals

Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:57 pm

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?
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RE: High School Musicals

Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:14 pm

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
"Morally, "Grease" does seem pretty indefensible --- after all, its message is that if girls dress like tramps, boys will like them.

Welcome to reality. It'd be hard not find something with a message like that on any TV channel.

Now, I hate Grease, but that has nothing to do with its message - it has to do with all the songs sucking (IMO). Heck, I'm not one for musicals in general.

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RE: High School Musicals

Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:42 pm

My school did GREASE last year. It sold out both scheduled nights and demanded a third, which was 98% full.

Two years ago we did Sweeney Todd, which also sold out.

We've done a GREAT meany suggestive and often offensive shows. It's not an issue in our school because our arts department is amazing and the parents see it for what it is.

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RE: High School Musicals

Sun Apr 09, 2006 11:10 pm

That whole thing is ironic, because I had an audition for Grease here in STL, later this month, but I cancelled the audition, cuz the show is at the end of summer, and I won't be around here by then (hopefully).

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RE: High School Musicals

Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:12 am

Yeah my schools had these issues too... This year we were relegated to Annie... but I get to play Rooster so it's all good  Smile

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RE: High School Musicals

Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:08 am

When my daughter was in senior school, they did "Grease", then "Bugsy Malone", "Sweet Charity" the following year and "Jesus Christ Superstar" the year after that. "Superstar" was performed inside the Anglican church across the street. With Bermuda having such a large 'religious right', I would have expected some problems with all three productions. Except for one or two parents who wouldn't allow their kids to perform in one production or another, there was no opposition.
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