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By Michael J. Arvizu | June 2, 2005
Warning: This article may not be appropriate for children under 9. Daniel Barber sits in a makeup chair in the La Cañada High School drama department green room. His nails are in bad need of a good clipping, his hair is every mother's worst nightmare and his teeth are enough to give the Tooth Fairy a heart attack. Barber has become Bat Boy, the main character in La Cañada High School's spring musical "Bat Boy: the Musical." So how exactly do you go about making a bat boy?
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By Olivia Smith | May 26, 2005
Valley Sun intern, LCHS sophomore La Cañada High School's production of Bat Boy has been a major conflict for the past few months. Many believe this was a poor selection for the all school musical because it has some darker components. Others see it as a positive, new experience, dealing with issues in life. "There has never been so much negative publicity for a play at our school before, so I'm interested to see how it will turn out," said Gale Caswell, the school's longtime drama teacher who will retire at the end of this semester.
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April 28, 2005
Having all my children graduate our wonderful La Cañada High many years ago, I must admit my following of school activities has been somewhat limited. And not having much knowledge of this "Bat Boy" story, my remarks might be somewhat qualified. However, having read several articles on this subject and knowing there is considerable controversy on the subject, I am compelled to offer my strong feelings on this choice of plays for our youngsters and any adult approval of same.
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April 21, 2005
To the students of the LCHS Play, Bat Boy: I was at the LCHS school board meeting last night and heard all the speakers regarding the issue of the play, Bat Boy. I must say that I was very impressed by your presentations, your passion, and your clear expressions of your opinions. If, as you say, this play teaches you love, forgiveness and tolerance of differences, then I hope that you will, in the days and weeks ahead, practice what you have learned. I hope you will not vilify, ostracize, nor look down upon those kids and the families who choose to see this play differently.
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June 9, 2005
Well, the final curtain came down on the last of "filled-to-the-rafters" performances of Bat Boy at La Cañada High School. A sensational high school cast, comedy, tragedy, song, and dance, plus wonderful staging and sets made for a wonderful theatrical experience. Unfortunately, the element of tragedy emanated not only from the stage but also from some of La Cañada's citizens. Embarrassingly the play was erroneously portrayed by a minority as "?evil, filled with sin, incest, bestiality," ad nauseum.
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April 21, 2005
For four years I have been a part of La Cañada High School's theatre department. The stage has become a place where I can explore my creativity and learn about life. Gale Caswell, my theatre instructor, has forever been an advocate of putting on meaningful productions. All of her students know that the concept Mrs. Caswell speaks about the most is regarding "objectives." What do you want the other character to do, think, or feel? What do you want the audience to do, think, or feel?
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May 26, 2005
Regarding the "Bat Boy" fiasco: I was disappointed that one of our local churches did not take this opportunity to support individuals with legitimate concerns regarding this presentation and the moral questions that it raises. True, society can present what they like, true Christians have a choice to stand up and let their voices be heard, true they have the option of removing themselves from the offense. However, Christians are called not to passively participate through watching sinful acts, nor are we to cloak them and excuse them under the terms of "tolerance and diversity" or, even as entertainment.
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June 30, 2005
The recent brouhaha over the play "Bat Boy" in our local newspapers is a powerful argument for school vouchers. Think of it. Several of our La Cañada Flintridge neighbors expressed alarm at the appropriateness of the school district (that they pay for) sponsoring the play. In response, several of our neighbors have pounced on them with insult and ridicule. A recent letter by Tad Malone, a former neighbor and friend whom I admire, is a quintessential example of how far out of hand the debate has gotten.
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April 21, 2005
The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board followed the wishes of many parents and students at its meeting Tuesday night when it unanimously agreed to allow the controversial "Bat Boy: The Musical" to continue production as La Cañada High School's spring offering this year. For those in the dark, "Bat Boy: The Musical," written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, contains scenes of incest, bestiality, and graphic killing. And while it has been rightly pointed out that other popular shows like the "The Little Shop of Horrors," "Sweeney Todd" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" contain similar elements, these are productions that have been widely discussed and presented at other venues.
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June 30, 2005
The recent brouhaha over the play "Bat Boy" in our local newspapers is a powerful argument for school vouchers. Think of it. Several of our La Cañada Flintridge neighbors expressed alarm at the appropriateness of the school district (that they pay for) sponsoring the play. In response, several of our neighbors have pounced on them with insult and ridicule. A recent letter by Tad Malone, a former neighbor and friend whom I admire, is a quintessential example of how far out of hand the debate has gotten.
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June 9, 2005
Well, the final curtain came down on the last of "filled-to-the-rafters" performances of Bat Boy at La Cañada High School. A sensational high school cast, comedy, tragedy, song, and dance, plus wonderful staging and sets made for a wonderful theatrical experience. Unfortunately, the element of tragedy emanated not only from the stage but also from some of La Cañada's citizens. Embarrassingly the play was erroneously portrayed by a minority as "?evil, filled with sin, incest, bestiality," ad nauseum.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | June 2, 2005
Warning: This article may not be appropriate for children under 9. Daniel Barber sits in a makeup chair in the La Cañada High School drama department green room. His nails are in bad need of a good clipping, his hair is every mother's worst nightmare and his teeth are enough to give the Tooth Fairy a heart attack. Barber has become Bat Boy, the main character in La Cañada High School's spring musical "Bat Boy: the Musical." So how exactly do you go about making a bat boy?
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By Lisa Stones | May 26, 2005
A talented cast has worked for months to bring "Bat Boy: The Musical" to the La Canada High School stage. Inspired by fabricated reports in a tabloid newspaper, playwrights Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming have intertwined outrageous comedy and an unlikely love story with Laurence O'Keefe's entertaining rock score to create a musical with a moving message. The story is set in a small town where three teens discover a beastly boy with pointy ears in a West Virginia cave and take him into town for veterinary care.
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May 26, 2005
Because I do not have enough information about the upcoming controversial LCHS musical, I do not have an opinion about its being appropriate or not for its setting. I do, however, find some irony in a recently published letter from the musical's co-author in which he writes that his play is about tolerance after referring to those whose views differ from his as "small-minded and intolerant people." With such characterization of those who disagree with him, it appears as if the co-author is not living out what he states is a major theme of his own play.
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May 26, 2005
Regarding the "Bat Boy" fiasco: I was disappointed that one of our local churches did not take this opportunity to support individuals with legitimate concerns regarding this presentation and the moral questions that it raises. True, society can present what they like, true Christians have a choice to stand up and let their voices be heard, true they have the option of removing themselves from the offense. However, Christians are called not to passively participate through watching sinful acts, nor are we to cloak them and excuse them under the terms of "tolerance and diversity" or, even as entertainment.
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By Olivia Smith | May 26, 2005
Valley Sun intern, LCHS sophomore La Cañada High School's production of Bat Boy has been a major conflict for the past few months. Many believe this was a poor selection for the all school musical because it has some darker components. Others see it as a positive, new experience, dealing with issues in life. "There has never been so much negative publicity for a play at our school before, so I'm interested to see how it will turn out," said Gale Caswell, the school's longtime drama teacher who will retire at the end of this semester.
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May 19, 2005
An Open Letter to Gale Caswell and the students of the La Cañada High School Drama Department. Keythe Farley here. I wanted to send you a little "pep note" to encourage you to keep the faith as you move forward with your production of Bat Boy: The Musical. Small-minded and intolerant people have become very well organized of late. But, as you have discovered, Truth prevails. The truth you and your students have spoken has been recognized and endorsed by a majority of parents, administrators and school board members.
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May 12, 2005
School plays are produced in large part, in hopes the entire community will attend to fill the coffers of the drama department so they can stage more school plays. To this end, elementary and jr. high teachers urge their pupils to attend and offer extra credit for doing so. Even people who are pretty liberal in social arenas and sophisticated consumers of art and literature, should pause and consider the potential ramifications of staging a story like 'Bat Boy' to the community audience.
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