Texas highschool will nonetheless present ‘Oklahoma!’ after sparking controversy over reducing transgender boy from main position

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Texas highschool will nonetheless present ‘Oklahoma!’ after sparking controversy over reducing transgender boy from main position


The present will go on subsequent month at a Texas highschool following controversy that erupted when a serious half within the college’s manufacturing of “Oklahoma!” was taken away from a transgender boy.

Tickets are actually on sale for the manufacturing, which is about to run Jan. 19-21, the Dallas Morning Information reported. It was beforehand postponed by the Sherman Unbiased College District amid pushback over its coverage relating to gender, in addition to the content material of the play.

Sherman Excessive College senior Max Hightower, a transgender boy, misplaced a serious position within the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical when the administration introduced final month that solely males might play male components and females might play solely feminine components.

After widespread outrage, the college reversed the choice however mentioned the manufacturing would use a “youth” model of the play, which premiered on Broadway in 1943, that might mood grownup themes, profane language and sexual content material.

After an emotional college board assembly in November, the trustees reversed the choice and dominated that the unique present might go on within the new 12 months.

Different college students had additionally misplaced their components, together with a number of women who have been assigned to male roles. Max was set to play the position of Ali Hakim, a person.

Max Hightower, middle, a transgender scholar at Sherman Excessive College, was initially barred from taking part in a male position within the college’s manufacturing of “Oklahoma!” WFAA
Tickets are actually on sale for the Sherman Excessive College manufacturing of “Oklahoma!” after a battle over a gender coverage that drew nationwide consideration. WFAA

Philip Hightower, Max’s father, instructed the Dallas Morning Information that the choice is “a superb begin.”

College board president Brad Morgan apologized to the group for the drama. “We perceive that our resolution doesn’t erase the impression this had on our group, however we hope that we are going to reinforce to everybody, notably our college students, that we do embrace all of our Board objectives, to incorporate addressing the varied wants of our college students and empowering them for fulfillment in a various and sophisticated world.”

The controversy led to conversations about district management and a few households referred to as for Superintendent Tyson Bennett to be eliminated. WFAA

The controversy has sparked conversations about district management, nevertheless.

Some households referred to as for Superintendent Tyson Bennett, who has gotten nationwide backlash from LGBTQ activists, to be ousted, and the college board voted to take away him from supervising the superb arts program.

The district additionally will open a third-party investigation into the state of affairs, based on studies.


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