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Appropriate for High School? 
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Okay, so last night my alma mater did Chorus Line, and I was curious seeing what they were going to do with the show, if they were going to edit out any of the curse words. I did hear the sh*t word used, but I wasn't shocked about that because they used it in Footloose and Les Mis. My biggest concern was during the "Dance: Ten, Looks: Three" number. And during the montage st first, the Val character sang "Boobs, when am I going to grow boobs?" and I nearly breathed a sigh of relief, but at the end she did say the T word, and then sure enough her song was presented in all its uncensored glory. Plus, the other thing I was a bit uncomfortable about was the excessiveness of sh*t throughtout the play. At the end, Morales must say 6 sh*ts in a row. Somebody give her a thesarus.

So, here's my question, should Chorus Line be done in a high school? Plus, would it really change the impact of the play if alternative, more PC words were used instead? It almost seems like with this play the story takes a backseat to the vulgar lsnguage.


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This show is not only crude or rude for Highschool... but it's just boring.

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I was a part of my high school's production of A Chorus Line last year, which was a great success and was really well done. I was only in the ensemble but we had a lot of fun. We edited some things and changed it in the first montage to "Kissed, when am I gonna get Kissed" and then unfortunately Dance Ten Looks Three was This and That instead of the other. Despite the changes, it was still great!

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I think Chorus Line can be a great show for high schoolers. I did it unedited at a summer program, where the majority of us were high schoolers (and a couple college students), and it was amazing. The story is about growing up and doing what you really love in life, even if you can't be the star. How does that not sound like a good show for teens?


And yes, there are a lot of "crude" words, but walk around most high schools for the majority of a day and you'll probably hear the same stuff. Sometimes worse. So personally, as long as parents consent to letting their kid be in the show and there's a warning sign on the door, I don't think it should be a problem...


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My school just did A Chorus Line in November. We didn't cut anything. The show was left completely untouched, save for changing the birthdates the principals announce when they're talking to Zach, to make the show more modern, and because, frankly, a high school freshman doesn't look like a 25 year old woman.

The lines about Connie being Asian and Morales saying something about San Juan were changes, due to the ethnicities of the actresses, but those were changes given in the back of the script, in case of an occurance like ours.

Dance Ten: Looks Three was kept with the alleged 'crude' lyrics. We never heard a complaint about innappropriateness for DTLT, or for the various times a character said a "bad word."

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Master Thespian wrote:
...I was a bit uncomfortable about was the excessiveness of sh*t throughtout the play. At the end, Morales must say 6 sh*ts in a row. Somebody give her a thesarus.


*thesaurus.

And what, would you rather hear her say shucks? Or maybe a gentle Poo woud be suitable.

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I saw a production once which used the lyrics "This and that". I would have been rolling on the floor if there had been enough room.


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I honestly think that it really depends on the high school that you do it at because it is a great growing up piece but some high school students are just to immature to handle some of the topics that are mentioned.
I don't necessarily agree with it being performed in a high school but I could definetly see it being performed in a college level theater or at a community theater. I don't think that the language is as big of an issue as people make it out to be it's just the way in which it was handled by the student who were performing it and the audience who is watching the show.

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I personally love the number Dance Ten, Looks Three, and I would be very disappointed if they changed the lyrics to the song. If there going to do that then they might as well not perform it at all.

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I think that the show could be done in a highschool setting, and I would understand if they took out the 'f words', because Val's the only one who says it and they can easily be changed to 's**t' or 'screw' or something slightly less offensive. But if anything else is going to need changing, then I don't think it should be done at all.

This show won a Pulitzer Prize (not to mention 9 Tony's) and musicals don't win the Pulitzer on a regular basis (I think there have only ever been five), so I think that changing any of the so called 'crude' content would be detrimental to the show, and I would hate to see it any other way than in it's original format. There are MANY other shows that would be more suitable for a highschool to put on.

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I saw it in Germany.... it was amazingly boring.
i doubt high schoolers would pay any attention to that aren't familiar with the show


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Sammy_beck wrote:
I personally love the number Dance Ten, Looks Three, and I would be very disappointed if they changed the lyrics to the song. If there going to do that then they might as well not perform it at all.


I dont agree. It's a highschool, and there are some lines that should be drawn. Especially when it's so idk-I just see a lot of parents complainging, and if a school had like THE PERFECT cast, then why should they NOT do it because of two words in one song...I don't see a problem with high schools changing it.

...just my take on it

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