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Appalled by 'Pippin'

| Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

I recently attended Valley High School's presentation of the musical “Pippin” and I must say that I was appalled with the production.

The sexual innuendos and use of profanity were completely unnecessary. I believe the line was crossed when the youngest member of the cast swore when calling Pippin a name. There was an audible gasp from the audience.

The use of profanity is not tolerated in the hallways at Valley. Why was this deemed appropriate for a school play?

These words/actions teach disrespect to our kids. Our society is facing a generation of kids who want to be friends with their teachers. There seems to be no role for authority in today's society.

Now, our school administration has just proven to the student body that respect is not required all of the time. Why is it necessary to send mixed messages to our kids?

Some may think the sexual innuendos were above a child's understanding and I can appreciate that opinion. But there were two small children sitting behind me.

One scene in the play had Pippin's grandmother tell a joke with sexual undertones. The audience laughed, and I heard a little voice say: “What's so funny? What does it mean?” This was definitely not a family-friendly production.

I have watched previous productions at Valley in amazement and fascination.

I am upset with the school administration first and foremost for allowing this production of Pippin to be performed by our impressionable youth.

Secondly, I am upset with the production staff for selecting and encouraging this type of behavior and language from our kids.

Patty Salzman

New Kensington

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