Last week in Baltimore, a second-grader got suspended from elementary school for shaping his Pop Tart into something that resembled a mountain. At least, that’s what the 7-year-old claimed he was trying for.
A teacher thought the nibbled-on pastry looked like a pistol — and in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, folks are apparently extra-sensitive about images like that.
Something similar, though not as ridiculous, is playing out here in Roanoke at Patrick Henry High School. Rehearsals are underway for a theater production of Les Miserables.
The story is set amid the Paris Uprising of 1832. As you might expect, the script calls for some muskets. But you won’t see those in the Patrick Henry High production.
The play opens March 15 — sans any guns. Not even fake guns, or nonfiring theatrical prop guns.
How do you portray a revolution without those?
Actors and actresses will instead throw black-painted foam balls that are shaped like rocks. It sounds more like something from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” than the Paris Uprising.
READ THE REST OF THIS COLUMN HERE.
Correction: This blog post (and the column it links to) have been updated to reflect my error in originally writing that the show was set during the French Revolution. It’s a red face day . . . a correction will be published in the newspaper tomorrow.