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Old 02-22-06, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default This'd be a great job without the feckin' clients!

Curious how others might handle this circumstance:

In my renaissance show I do a bit on the proper use of a chamberpot. It's funny, and, more importantly in school-shows, it's true. So I have a teacher evidencing interest in a show, but with this proviso...

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You should note that our district is VERY CONSERVATIVE. While I'm sure the "chamberpotty" humor would be funny and very much enjoyed by the students, it might garner parental complaints. As you can imagine, we like to avoid those. I teach the Medieval Ballads unit every year (usually in the fall), so I'd like to consider having you come again if all goes well this time. It takes only one parent complaint for our principal to cancel any future possibilities. To be on the safe side, I recommend the chamberpotty type of humor not be included. [I know censorship is not fun. Trust me--been there, done that.]

It's like the people who change "ass head" to "donkey head" in productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Irks the shit out of me to edit my show to suit the tiny, pinched minds of these ludicous puritans.

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Old 02-22-06, 08:03 PM   #2
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Default Chamberpots are for pre-schoolers

Try changing "proper use of a chamberpot" to "proper use of a chambermaid."
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Old 02-22-06, 08:42 PM   #3
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That suck. I'd say that if you take the gig then you have to change the bit just for this client or just tell them that you apreciate there thinking of you for the show but don't think that it would suit the audience and don't do the show.
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Old 02-22-06, 09:04 PM   #4
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Default Honesty, integrity, whatever.

I do lots of school shows, and I've heard variations of this warning: "Our principal doesn't like this, our parents don't like that, yadda yadda yadda, whatever."

I'm usually very blunt with whoever is considering hiring me. I tell them that I'm not doing my show for the anal-retentive principal or the hyper-sensitive parents. I'm doing my show for the students.

My advice: Be honest. Be blunt. Be bold. Or you can just tell them whatever they want to hear, then go ahead and do the chamberpot routine anyway.

Integrity is a bitch.
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You are doing the show for the students, but it is the priniciple that hires you, invites you back, and recomends you (or doesn't) to other schools.
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Old 02-23-06, 11:56 AM   #6
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----I'm usually very blunt with whoever is considering hiring me. I tell them that I'm not doing my show for the anal-retentive principal or the hyper-sensitive parents. I'm doing my show for the students.

My advice: Be honest. Be blunt. Be bold. Or you can just tell them whatever they want to hear, then go ahead and do the chamberpot routine anyway.

Integrity is a bitch.----

Sure is!

Have talked to the teacher (saying much the same thing) and we're on the same page.

Prolly won't do the bit, but will be looking for other material equally nasty to dicuss; maybe a bit of frank discourse on Aquinas' attitudes towards wimmin, and the connection to knuckle-dragging misogynists like the Promise Keepers.

Thanks for the input, all!

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So give out tastefully imprinted chamber pots, bed pans, and adult diapers.
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