Prince Rupert Student actor says nothing wrong with Legally Blonde
~By Naomi Kowal
I have always been a fan and participant in musical theatre, and as soon as the two high schools merged, I was overjoyed in the fact that I would be able to be a part of Alison O'Toole's annual musical production.
I took part in last year's Chicago, and was absolutely ecstatic to land a lead part in this year's Legally Blonde: The Musical. Perhaps that makes me bias over my opinion of Catharine Hague's complaint to the School Board about the musical, naming it "inappropriate" and "sexually-suggestive".
During practices, Mrs. O'Toole, never made us do anything we were uncomfortable with. She was supportive of the fact that it is hard to get on stage in front of a hundred people, and didn't push us to do anything that we didn't want to do.
None of us (students) ever objected to any of the coarse language which was used in the scripts because, just as Tina Last stated, " Unfortunately our children learn at an early age all types of things we wouldn't like them to know about through TV, social media and on the streets." So, it was really nothing new to us.
In fact, it was kind of a cleaner version of language most of us use everyday. Although that does not justify our use of bad language, I do not think that hearing it in a high school musical is going to corrupt us or any younger children in any way.
Hague also mentioned in her complaint "there are other wonderful musicals that can be presented to an audience." However, O'Toole has already directed 18 different musicals, so that limits the list to choose from. If a musical is currently on Broadway, we cannot use it. When selecting a musical, it is also important to choose one that students would be drawn to, otherwise, if there were not enough people joining, the cast would not be big enough to run the production.
Basically, I am on the complete opposite side of the spectrum from Hague.
I completely disagree with all of the points she made. Although she mentioned that she had spoken to other adults in the community that agreed with her, I have also spoken to other students as well as adults that had no problem with the production or its content whatsoever.
Besides, being in a musical is a fantastic experience for people my age. It ensures confidence and allows us to have some place to go where we feel that we belong.
Unfortunately, there will always be negative feedback. However, I can only hope that O'Toole continues to direct her wonderfully put on musical productions year after year, because having the opportunity to be a part of at least two of them was one of my best memories throughout my entire high school experience, and I do not think I am alone in feeling that way.