Public High School Cancels, Then Censors, Musical for Being Too Darn Racy

Administrators at a public high school in West Jordan, Utah cancelled a musical production for being too racy, then relented and allowed a censored version to proceed.

The musical, All Shook Up, is a modern-day twist on Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, and features songs by Elvis Presley.

Apparently one parent got wind of Presley’s “sexually suggestive” song lyrics and a scene involving “cross-dressing,” and alerted authorities, reports AP.

The cross-dressing in question refers to pretty much the entire plot of Twelfth Night, a comedy which turns on a series of mistaken identities.

I think it’s safe to say that if this het-up parent is freaked out by Elvis and Shakespeare, he or she is going to crap an actual brick when they find out about Lady Gaga.

“I’m at a loss,” Jill Fishback, whose daughter worked on the production, told The Salt Lake Tribune. “They’re singing Elvis songs. A girl dresses up as a boy and kisses a boy. … It’s not promoting homosexuality. It was supposed to be a farce.”

Students at Herriman High School in West Jordan, Utah, had been working on the production since September. Initially, school administrators agreed with the pearl-clutching parent that the musical was not in keeping with the standards of the community, which exists in some kind of Twilight Zone-esque time warp in which it is actually 1956 all the time.

However, a censored version of the musical will now proceed, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. The edited version deletes one entire Elvis song, and a few scenes have been re-written. Jordan School District officials did not disclose which Elvis song had been removed, probably to protect our delicate senses. The musical features about 20 different Elvis songs.

To be fair, Shakespeare could be super-raunchy. I mean, pretty much every one of his comedies has like fifty penis jokes, and Twelfth Night is no exception. (Fact: penis jokes have been hilarious since the beginning of time.) Dirty jokes are a huge part of the enduring appeal of Shakespeare.

However, All Shook Up doesn’t actually use the language of Shakespeare, and even if it did, it’s, you know, Shakespeare. I still think it would be appropriate for high school students.

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