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January 4, 2013

Utah school recasts musical with sexy Elvis songs

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"There's a misunderstanding about the plot of the play," Green-Rogers said. "It happens a lot in theater. Artists push boundaries."

The female castaway dresses as a boy as cover to wander about, but reveals herself as she falls in love with a young man. "By that time, the genders have been righted," Green-Rogers said. "The audience knows it's not a homosexual relationship."

Nonetheless, Herriman High School, about 20 miles from Salt Lake City, will make some scene changes to the musical version of the Shakespeare play that Riesgraf couldn't immediately specify on Thursday.

"We weren't asking for a lot. It will not change the intent of the play. They gave us their blessing," she said of the musical's producers.

The reversal came a day after administrators said they were scrubbing "All Shook Up." The production is back on for a run in February and March.

It wasn't the first time some Utah parents balked at a school drama. In August, the family values group Eagle Forum got Jordan School District administrators to cancel "Dead Man Walking," a play about a Catholic nun who counsels a death-row inmate in Louisiana.

"Dead Man Walking" was scratched even though much of its profanity had been removed from the script. The backlash prompted policy changes that allowed administrators to swiftly suspend "All Shook Up" before the reversal.

Jordan officials gave parents a greater role over student plays. They required actors to secure a parent's permission and drama teachers to seek clearance for plays not on an approved list. But district officials said they failed to give "All Shook Up" careful scrutiny.

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