A close shave for Timberlane High production of 'Sweeney Todd'?
“We want everyone to understand how serious we are,” said Jaryd Nimmo, 16, a member of the Timberlane Players, the school’s theatre troupe. “We want to show them that we’re not just emotional teenagers.”
Before Wednesday night’s forum, Superintendent Earl Metzler said he would listen to both sides of the debate and keep an open mind.
Howard Sherman, the former president of the American Theatre Wing, the organization responsible for the Tony Awards, traveled to Timberlane from New York City for the meeting. Sherman said “Sweeney Todd” is about “morality, justice, and the lengths that people are driven to when they face injustice.”
“Yes, people are going to be uncomfortable with ‘Sweeney Todd,’” but that’s what the beauty of art is,” said student Brynn Grambow. “It allows you to experience these uncomfortable feelings and cope with them in the safety of a theater.”
Parent Kevin Geary said he would probably be one of the people who would be offended by the play, “but I’m more afraid of the people who want to protect me from being offended.”
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