Scarface and Age Appropriate Material

Scarface as a School Play

So there’s this video of a “supposed” middle school production of Scarface making its rounds on the Interwebs. Have a look if you haven’t seen it already. It’s pretty darn funny.

As it turns out, the video is a “fake”. Fake in the sense that it isn’t actually from a middle school production of Scarface. It’s not Avatar fake; the kids are really kids.

What does “Age Appropriate” Mean?

We struggle when people ask us for “age appropriate” material for their school. To me, “age appropriate” means material that is suited to the life experiences of the students. But usually, as it turns out, they’re looking for “administration appropriate” material (i.e. no cursing, sex, or anything that any parent will question). Ever been in a high school? They know about cursing. Scarface fails both tests. But it’s still pretty entertaining.

When we’re developing and selecting plays, we try to be very sensitive to your needs, both age and administration. If we stray, it’s usually going to be on the administration side. Community and administration standards can vary considerably. (We once had a production canceled because the principal got wind of a scene in which it’s implied that two teenagers were dating.)

Anytime we do have something that could be administration-unfriendly, we try to be pretty upfront about it. The Pregnancy Project is called such for a very good reason.

What’s your definition of “Age Appropriate?”

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Craig Mason