- Howard Keel starred in the movie
We are such wusses.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A western Pennsylvania school district has decided not to stage a Tony Award-winning musical about a Muslim street poet after members of the community complained about the play on the heels of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
The Tribune Democrat of Johnstown reports Richland School District had planned to stage “Kismet” in February but Superintendent Thomas Fleming says it was scrapped to avoid controversy.
Fleming tells the newspaper that sensitivity is understandable in part because one of the hijacked planes crashed in nearby Shanksville.
Music director Scott Miller tells The Tribune-Democrat the district last performed “Kismet” in 1983.
Miller says the play has no inappropriate content but he and other members of the performing arts committee decided to switch to “Oklahoma!” after hearing complaints.
“Kismet” won the Tony for best musical in 1954.
The deed is done. With the help of now six-year old Logan and his mom and friends Ed and Steve, the tree at Moe’s house is raised, lighted and decorated. (I will admit that, much as it was last year, some ‘repositioning of ornatmentation’ (as a Pentagon bureaucrat might name the operation) did occur after Logan left.
Logan says "God bless us every one"
This year, Logan has other important things to do besides decorate my tree – like step onstage as Tiny Tim in this year’s production of A Christmas Carol! (If he doesn’t get too tall, he might get the part again next year.)
Friend Eric and blog regular Logan are Scrooge and Tiny Tim in this year’s production of A Christmas Carol. Over six years, Eric has become Scrooge to half a generation of local kids. But each year, the role of Tim is bestowed upon a different six or seven year old. And now it’s Logan’s turn. He didn’t inherit the role at all; he had to audition and perform both a monologue and a rehearsed song. There was competition. But – quite naturally for those of us who love him (and we are legion) – there was never any contest. He had to be Tim.
Last night our small city staged it’s annual Christmas parade – with 127 floats, costumes galore, music everywhere and lights, lights, lights. Santa led things off in the Budweiser carriage behind four magnificent Clydesdales.
I took Logan and his mom out for some dinner early before costume call and we then spent a very long time at the float waiting for our start time.
Sometimes waiting is the best part.
I’m off to the theatre shortly to see a local production of Rent – with my former assistant in the lead role! The run is almost sold out in spite of the fact it doesn’t open till tomorrow night.
I know most of the kids in this show and love them all to death. One just returned from two tours in Iraq and wasted no time in getting himself cast.. He’s a theatre kid, a real trooper (pun?), grew up in theatre, mom’s a singer, dad’s a designer and he? well, he is just all around terrific. Here’s a brief video preview of the show (also at the theatre link):