The Laramie Project was canceled, but TPS officials reversed their decision and the show will be performed in November.
Some say Start H.S. production not ‘family friendly’
By JUSTIN DOUGHTY
So I’m assuming most of you have already heard about the Laramie Project being canceled, but what you may not know is that because of a massive social media blitz by cast and crew TPS reversed itself and the show is back on.
After the cast of the Laramie Project went through a rough month of rehearsal, the board of education decides to stop the Laramie project. Why you may ask? Because it didn’t fit their definition of “family appropriate.”
The Laramie Project is about a college student, named Matthew Shepard, who in October, 1998, was driven in a truck outside of Laramie, Wyoming, and tied to a fence. He was beaten and left there to die. Why? All because he was gay.
Nancy Ludden, head of the theater department at Start High School, said that in the last few days she’s tried fighting for the Laramie Project, but at this point it wasn’t enough. There was just nothing left for her to do.
When Ms. Ludden decided to finally tell the cast, the students was very distraught. Most of the cast, including the crew, was very heartbroken.They left, went home, and got angrier. They decided to spread the news all over several social media sites. After the news broke out, not only were students upset, but parents, and even alumni of Start High School were infuriated.
The board of education received numerous letters, emails, and calls about how upset everyone was.
Taylor Johnson, a Start senior and student director of the Laramie Project, explained how the cast felt when the production was closed down: “They didn’t understand how someone could make such a decision and impose such blatant censorship”.
The Start thespians could not grasp the concept of a play dealing with the ramifications of homophobia being shut down simply because it was not “family friendly.”The board of education finally decided that they were going to put the Laramie project back on. The cast was thrilled, but also frustrated. They had lost more than a week of rehearsals and all the controversy had thrown them off their game.
But they are back at it again and ready to make the Laramie Project one of the best theatrical productions ever staged at Start.
After all the frustration, the cast and crew of the Laramie Project hope to see you at one of their performances!
The Laramie Project will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 9 and at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 16. There will also be a student matinee at noon on Nov. 15 and another matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16.
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