We took around 40 year 9 students of around 14 or 15 years of age to see a musical. We had some spare tickets so the year 12 Drama kids came too, along with David2 and Ryan3 and an assortment of other teachers and parents who’d helped with the school production. Evan4 is one of my year 9 Drama students, so it was quite the family excursion, with only Tom1 missing, doing exam prep in the library. A nice jolly afternoon was envisaged with the kiddies enjoying some rollicking good showtunes, then going home to write a review. Couldn’t be better!
The teacher who booked the show is a young guy who had a friend on the cast, and he’d arranged for the cast to come out and meet the kids after the show. The kids couldn’t believe it and were so excited, getting autographs and taking photos. The show is advertised as an 80’s rock extravaganza, with all of the big hits of the era. That was true. The singing and dancing was fantastic.
We could’ve done without the raunch factor though….
The lights went down for Act 1. There we were, sitting among 50 or so students who we were responsible for. In the first 5 minutes there was pole dancing, a guy talking (and moving) incredibly suggestively and a scantily dressed lass licking a phallic shaped icypole with a red tip. Apparently when that happened the teacher who booked the tickets shrank down in his seat, sending up a prayer of, “PG….PG….PG….”
His prayer went unanswered. By the time the sex scene in the mens toilet stall arrived, (which was actually really funny…. I laughed and cringed at the same time), I was resigned to almost anything. What else could go wrong?
The lap dancing scene, the oral sex scene and the bit where the llama went down on a guy, that’s what.
Don’t get me wrong…. it was a very funny and entertaining show and the music was fantastic. There was lots to like about it… there were some very athletic young men among the cast. But even I, as one of the teachers, wasn’t very happy to have my sons sitting in the audience, though they were most appreciative of the costuming and choreography.
Great show for adults. Just don’t bring your young children with you.