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SE cuts are really annoying. I shudder when there's a cut in a normal performane, but SE is butchery. Thank God most school don't care and restore them. I mean WTF. Cutting the counterpoint part of Confrontation? CM is insane.

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^ but surely the fact that he's produced some fanatabulous shows makes up for it ... 8)

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Hi... I'm new here. *waves*

So on the topic of the SE... we're doing Les Mis at my middle school. Yep, Les Mis, at a middle school. I've always loved Les Mis so I'm totally thrilled- but we had to make a LOT of cuts. We took out the prostitution part, parts with a lot of swearing and stuff like that. The point is, yeah, cuts suck and kind of butcher some songs, but hey! I'd pick an edited Les Mis over Annie (last year's play) a thousand times over! Ha ha.

Oh, and I'm playing Cosette, and Cosette-haters really annoy me. She's not... bad or anything. I mean, yeah, she's kind of two dimmensional and all but it's only a two hour long play and she's not even the main-main character. So I love her and I love playing her. :)


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Oh God.. Please tell me you're not going to do "Lovely People" #-o

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Catherine wrote:
Oh God.. Please tell me you're not going to do "Lovely People" #-o


What made me laugh when I saw that on youtube was that they'd called it 'Lovely People' and changed the setting to a marketplace, but had kept quite a few of the dodgy lyrics, so you had people selling fruit and cloth and whatever 'standing up or lying down or any way at all', with 'bargain prices up against the wall'. It's nice to know though that people were allowed to wear their shoes when buying cloth.

It's as if the director had noticed the really obvious stuff, but was far too clean minded to spot the rest of the innuendo.

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Why change such important parts of the plot? It is so paranoid! Fantine is supposed to end up as a prostitute, what are you planning to make her? A fabric seller?

Americans and their paranoia.


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Haha...Lovely People. :) I saw that and it was pathetic.
No, we cut the whole thing out. No Lovely Ladies at all. (wouldn't it be lovely to see 11 year old sixth graders being prostitutes?)
We just have Fantine getting fired and my director figured that that was good enough for her to become... well... even worse. It takes a lot of Fantine's story out, but it does make sense.


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Like I always say, if you can't do it properly, don' do it! 11 year olds doesn't belong involved in a serious story like Les Misérables!


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...That's your opinion. The story still makes sense. Les Mis is a wonderful story and I don't see how cutting out one thing makes it any less "proper."


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*dons prude hat*

Stories involving prostitutes generally aren't suitable for kids. And rather than merely do the story without the adult bits, which means you actively have to discourage the kids from doing research into the original novel or musical, surely it's better to wait until they're a bit older and do it in full.

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High-baritonne wrote:
Like I always say, if you can't do it properly, don' do it! 11 year olds doesn't belong involved in a serious story like Les Misérables!


Yeah, I'd apply the same logic to a HS that's 99% white doing Ragtime.

Just think about it.

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Americans and their paranoia.


I'm sorry, what?

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