Provocative musical upsets some
POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 6:43pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 1, 2014 - 5:14pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — East Texans were upset with the winter production chosen by one Tyler theater. Spring Awakening is an award winning musical. Despite its popularity, some East Texans don't want it performed in their city. Words like sex and nudity have left a bad taste in the mouth of East Texan Charles White.
"...morals. You dull your senses to things if you watch it long enough," said White.
He said he was upset at the idea of the play being performed at the Apex Theater Twenty in Tyler because he thinks East Texas is a place where the subject of sex should not be present on stage.
"We're suppose to be more conservative, and we say we believe in Christ. If we're not gonna stand up for him, are we gonna allow people to do that?" said White.
As a Tyler native, the musical's director says he understands the concerns.
"I want that to be put at ease because that's not what the point of the play is. It's not to make people uncomfortable at all. It's to help people discover something inside of themselves that they haven't gotten the chance to ever before," said Director, Matthew James Butler.
He said there will be no male frontal nudity. The most female nudity you will see are chests.
"It will never be the drawing point of the show. It's not gonna be shock value. Let me put it that way. That's not the point of the nudity, for shock value," said Butler.
White still has concerns. He thinks it will hurt the city.
"I feel like if you don't stand for something you'll stand for anything, as the saying goes. Someone has to speak up," said White.
The musical will be performed December 12-20.