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Musicals that are or aren't appropriate for high schools 
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Post Musicals that are or aren't appropriate for high schools
I noticed that lots of people disagree when it comes to which musicals are or aren't appropriate for high schools to do. Here is a list of musicals that have been done by high schools that contain subject matter that some people might find questionable. I want to know what your opinions are on the shows on the list. Re-post this list and put an * by the shows you think are inappropriate for high schools.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Aida
All Shook Up
Cabaret
Camelot
Chicago
A Chorus Line
Company
Damn Yankees
Evita
Footloose
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Gypsy
Hair
Hairspray
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Into the Woods
Jekyll and Hyde
Jesus Christ Superstar
Kiss Me Kate
Les Miserables
Little Shop of Horrors
My Fair Lady
Oklahoma!
Oliver!
Once Upon a Mattress
The Producers
Ragtime
Rent
South Pacific
Sweeney Todd
Urinetown
West Side Story

If you know of any other shows that high schools have done that has questionable subject matter, feel free to add them to the list.


Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:59 am
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Aida
All Shook Up
Cabaret*
Camelot*
Chicago*
A Chorus Line*
Company*
Damn Yankees
Evita*
Footloose
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum*
Gypsy*
Hair
Hairspray
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying*
Into the Woods*
Jekyll and Hyde*
Jesus Christ Superstar*
Kiss Me Kate*
Les Miserables*
Little Shop of Horrors
My Fair Lady*
Oklahoma!*
Oliver!
Once Upon a Mattress
The Producers*
Ragtime*
Rent*
South Pacific*
Sweeney Todd*
Urinetown*
West Side Story (depends on your singers, but usually too hard material, although the age ranges are PERFECT for High School)


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My high school did YAGMCB, could that be added to the list?


Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:22 am
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elphieglinda16 wrote:
My high school did YAGMCB, could that be added to the list?


Absolutely! It is a phenomenal show to be done by a small cast of adolescents!


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high baritone, I don't quite understand how Oklahoma is inappropriate for high school but Hair is not?


Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:52 pm
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Post Re: Musicals that are or aren't appropriate for high schools
moviemaniac wrote:
My Fair Lady
Oklahoma!
South Pacific


I've never heard anyone debate whether or not these shows are appropriate.


Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:09 pm
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SmallTownIngenue wrote:
high baritone, I don't quite understand how Oklahoma is inappropriate for high school but Hair is not?


I was thinking more in terms of difficulty. Most High-School kids can get away with Hair, seeing most of the cast is in their twenties, while Oklahoma demands an entire different way of acting.

I think I misinterpreted the OP's intention. Although, on second-read, it was very obvious. Shame on me for rushing things.


Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:11 pm
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First, I want to say that I don't have a problem with high schools doing My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, or South Pacific. However, here are some reasons that other people might not find them family friendly.

My Fair Lady: swearing (move your bloomin. arse) and in the song "With a Little Bit of Luck," Alfred Dolittle encourages others to be lazy, shameless sinners like him.

Oklahoma: Mostly suggestive content. "Kansas City" talks about a woman stripping. There is talk about guys looking at pornographic pictures. After Curly and Laurie get married, the guys joking haze them while they make love for the first time. The show also has some violent moments, most notably when Jud tries to kill Curly and then Curly kills Jud.

South Pacific: When Bloody Mary introduces Lieutenant Cable to Liat, he thinks that Liat is a prostitute and he sleeps with her. In short, Bloody Mary was pimping out her own daughter.

You people can continue making comments, but make sure you keep re-pasting the list and putting an * next to the ones you don't think are appropriate. If you're not familiar with a show, put a ? next to it.

*The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Aida
All Shook Up
*Cabaret
Camelot
*Chicago
*A Chorus Line
Company
Damn Yankees
*Evita
Footloose
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Gypsy
*Hair
Hairspray
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Into the Woods
Jekyll and Hyde
*Jesus Christ Superstar
Kiss Me Kate
Les Miserables
Little Shop of Horrors
My Fair Lady
Oklahoma!
Oliver!
Once Upon a Mattress
*The Producers
Ragtime
*Rent
South Pacific
*Sweeney Todd
Urinetown
West Side Story


Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:17 pm
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The problem with classifying a show as appropriate or not is that US morals differ so much from so many other countries morals that it's almost funny.

We are doing Rent next year without much censoring, we recently did Hair with all the Marihuana and Sex references, and we have no problems with letting two 16-year-old-girls make out centre-stage.

I would say that NO show is inappropriate per se, but many shows are to difficult to be done by High-School students and should only be done by schools specializing in the Performing Arts.

I also think that High School students should never play above mid-twenties, seeing anything above thirties would always be unbelievable. I believe that actors never should try to grow into shoes that they won't be fit for until they have some years under their skin.

A teenager portraying a believable Tony, no problem! A teenager portraying a believable Professor Higgins, no way!

Too me it just seems pointless doing any other shows than those containing teenagers or young adults, like for example Rent.


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I define "appropriate for high school" as something you can take your children to. In many communities (at least in this area), the high school shows are community events that many families attend. If they were to do something that would be inappropriate for children, they would either lose a good portion of their audience (and ticket money) or the school would have to deal with angry parents calling for a week or so afterwards complaining about the "horrors" that their children were exposed to at a school function. Both situations have occurred several times in this area.

Again, this may vary from country to country (and even from city to city within a country) as "morals" tend to be determined by the culture of the area.

And I'm not saying that high schools can't do things that children wouldn't understand. If the children are bored or confused during parts of the show, that's one thing, as high school shows are also learning experiences for the students involved and the students should be given a chance to perform more than just kid fluff, but it should still be stuff that parents can bring their children to, especially since many of the cast members will probably have younger siblings who will want to come.


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I think that whatever shows the theater teacher and administration feel comfortable with high school students putting on should be alright. Our theater put on Noises Off! last spring with oodles of support from the administration and that is definatly not a 'kid-friendly' show.

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All the shows that my school does are geared towards families, but in my community, people seem to take appropriate-ness to the extreme. Last year we did "Crazy for You", and some of the lines were changed minimally and some swearing taken out. Our rival high school did "Pippin", and left in all the swearing, sexual jokes, and even showed the kid playing Pippin rolling around on a bed with some chick, so I really think what's appropriate depends on the school.

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