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The Old Switcheroo 
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Post The Old Switcheroo
When we did this production in High School, I was cast as Cogsworth...I'm a girl!

We played the part like I was a man...I used eye-liner to thicken my eyebrows and I had a mustache....taped the girls down. I have a naturally lowish voice, which I just lowered even more for the part. It worked quite well. Most audience members didn't realize that I was female.

I played a regular female peasant in the first scene (just a chorus part), so I had to run back stage and mustache and eyebrow myself very quickly between scenes.

we also had a female play chip, but she played Chip as a girl since gender is not super important to the character.

Anyone else switch genders in this play? I don't think it's a play that gives a lot of allowances for switching genders, but I think I was the best person for this part. (It was my favorite part to play, so far, too!)

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I just saw that there is actually an ENTIRE topic dedicated to not only gender switches, but FEMALE Cogsworth....Sorry. :(

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Our chip is a girl playing it as a boy.... we all tease her everytime she says "Will I ever get to be... a boy again?"

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Post Re: The Old Switcheroo
If you brought Cogsworth to life, and people believed you were a male (which Cogsworth is), that's great. I imagine you did a wonderful job, Pappy. But changing the writing so that a character is a gender they're not, as your production did with Chip, is a crime against artistry. Chip isn't a girl. Chip's a boy. If Chip was a girl, the libretto would tell us that.

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