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Company! at a high school....? 
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Post Company! at a high school....?
Has anyone heard of Company being performed at a high school and if so what things did they change or cut. I'm just curious what has happened...

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Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:14 am
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There's some vids of a highschool doing 'Company.'

But there isn't any 'school edition.' I don't imagine it'd be too popular a choice for high schools, due to the adult nature, the difficulty of the music, and the small cast.

If a high school did do it, I can't particularly imagine any real cuts... perhaps cutting Bobby's conversation with Peter (?) about homosexuality, but aside from that, I can't think of anything.


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I doubt that even that would get cut. It's not like RENT's in-depth depiction of the gay community, but more of an example of "The Office" style deadpan awkward humor.

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yeah, I think that the only cuts a high school would have to make would be removing some/all of the vulgarity, which is easy enough. I would be more concerned with finding high school students that can convince an audience that they are old enough to be married, drinking alchohol, smoking, and/or had 2 divorces (that's of course, naming things done by several different characters in the show). it depends on who you think will be in the audience as to if the content would put people off.


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In an online Q&A discussion with Stephen Sondheim, one user wrote:

I direct musicals with teenagers and want to direct Company next summer. But I am having trouble with parental reaction to the marijuana scene. I would love to ask if you would ever consider writing another scene that would work in its place now that drugs, etc. are not viewed in the same light as they were in the 70's.


Steve's response:

You're addressing me as if I were George Furth. I didn't write that scene; George did, you'd have to ask him. I would advise him not to, because the idea that kids can't see a play with a very mild comic scene about a couple smoking marijuana for the first time...what movies do they go to: The Lion King?


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