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Hairspray Cancelled-literally

My best friend was set to direct her HS’s production of Hairspray, outdoors and socially distant at her heavily multiracial and I must say heavily talented school.

Someone wrote a letter to her Principal that the show deals with racial topics that the students are not equipped for. Basically saying not enough poc’s to round out the cast (she had 30 poc audition).

So they cancelled the spring musical.

The girl who wrote the letter, btw, didn’t get a callback for Motormouth before she wrote the letter.

I’m really sad because I think that Hairspray is the perfect piece of art to enlighten young people about our nation’s troubled history.

by Anonymousreply 1910 hours ago

Link? (Linc?)

by Anonymousreply 1Last Monday at 12:36 PM

I hope they don’t cancel Pink Flamingos 🦩

by Anonymousreply 2Last Monday at 12:39 PM

I hope this is an EST, because 10/10.

1984 was not an instruction manual.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Monday at 12:49 PM

Your best friend is in high school?

by Anonymousreply 4Last Monday at 12:52 PM

And then Cathy is Home Ec said that Angie wasn't into Brenden, and everyone was like, and I was like, Brenden with 2 Es or Brendan with an AE?

by Anonymousreply 5Last Monday at 12:56 PM

Was the person who wrote the letter Penny Pingleton's mother?

by Anonymousreply 6Last Monday at 12:57 PM

No, r4, she’s a teacher. Duh.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Monday at 1:11 PM

High School Musical persons not cast are ALMOST as bad as Community Theatre persons not cast......

by Anonymousreply 8Last Monday at 1:12 PM

f8 it's true. A friend didn't get cast as the sexy ingenue in a play but instead was cast as the butch in a high school play and she was bitter the whole time and her performance sucked.

If this is true which I doubt somewhat, then the complainant obviously hasn't seen either film or the Broadway show. Ruth Brown as Motormouth Maybelle had a big impact in the original film and Motormouth Maybe and Little Inez an even bigger one in the 2007 film. The Broadway production/2007 adaptation actually changed the outcome of the contest.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Monday at 1:19 PM

Did she try explaining that they can't stop the beat?

by Anonymousreply 10Last Monday at 1:23 PM

Won’t somebody please think of the children!

by Anonymousreply 11Last Monday at 1:28 PM

R9, did your friend want to play Maria, or at least Anita, but was cast as Anybodys instead? That's what happened to my friend in high school.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Monday at 1:31 PM

Hairspray has been canceled for years. It's all about Gorilla Glue these days.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Monday at 1:32 PM

Let me know when they schedule Desperate Living.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Monday at 1:53 PM

I like to go to high school musicals and see all the snarky nuns who really wanted to play Maria Von Trapp.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Tuesday at 6:14 AM

"Sister Margeretta, the meer please."

by Anonymousreply 16Last Tuesday at 6:15 AM

I'm sure the girl who wrote the letter will be dealt with appropriately by the disappointed students who were going to be in the show.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Tuesday at 6:19 AM

R17, Someone needs to teach that little bitch a lesson.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Tuesday at 6:24 AM

Here we go...Can't post a link for some reason but it made the news:

School District of Lancaster’s superintendent has canceled the spring high school musical after a group of students who auditioned expressed concern over the play’s derogatory language in describing Black and Hispanic people and people with disabilities.

Superintendent Damaris Rau said she made the decision to cancel McCaskey Campus’ rendition of “Hairspray,” based on the 1988 film and subsequent hit musical of the same name. While the overall theme is about inclusion, Rau said, the musical uses inappropriate language that isn’t fit for students, especially now.

“This is not the appropriate time to put on a musical like this,” Rau said, referring to the racial strife over the summer as well as the mental health impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on children.

“Kids are too raw” right now, she said.

Based in 1960s Baltimore, the story of “Hairspray” revolves around teenager Tracy Turnblad, whose dream to dance on a local television program is realized when she wins a role on the show. She turns into a celebrity overnight and, with her newfound influence, successfully leads a campaign to allow Black dancers to perform regularly on the show.

When a group of McCaskey students wrote an email to the principal describing their concerns, the email was forwarded to Rau. That sparked the superintendent to look up and read the original musical script herself.

The school district declined to share a copy of the email because it was a private correspondence between students and administration.

Rau then made the call to cancel the show and advised the musical directors to consider other opportunities.

“Everyone was a little bit surprised that I was involved,” Rau said. A few students and parents emailed her, she said, but the pushback stopped after she explained her reasoning.

In an email, music teacher and director Lakisha Welch told LNP | LancasterOnline she had “nothing to say” about the situation.

It’s unclear whether McCaskey will put on a different musical this spring.

by Anonymousreply 1910 hours ago
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