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Church Play, Your Thoughts

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by ShotGunWillie, May 20, 2010.

  1. ShotGunWillie

    ShotGunWillie New Member

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    The local FBC held a play for the congregation and parents of the kids choir.

    The play was the story of Daniel. Daniel was played by a girl.

    Is this wrong
    Is this okay
    Is this respectful

    Why or Why not.....
     
  2. rbell

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    A girl? No lion?

    (get it? Lion? Lyin'?)




    It was a play. As long as the underlying truth wasn't corrupted, I have no issues. It's not like plays are 100% accurate, anyway...
     
  3. Cutter

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    Was she portraying Daniel to be a girl or was she dressed as a boy trying to play the part of a young Daniel?
     
  4. sag38

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    More than likely she was the only one with the talent required to play the part.
     
  5. Jon-Marc

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    I think a boy should be used to play Daniel, or do they think that Daniel is a short version of Danielle?

    The first TV movie of Peter Pan had Mary Martin as Peter Pan. Couldn't they find a boy of 12 to play that part?
     
  6. ShotGunWillie

    ShotGunWillie New Member

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    Here is my take...

    1. Why not have a boy from the youth/kids choir play the part of Daniel? I find it disrespectful to have a him portrayed by a girl, whether she was dressed like a boy or not.

    2. I find it insulting that they would ask a girl to play the part of a boy.

    3. I wonder if they will have the story of Christ and ask a girl to do that as well.
     
  7. Alcott

    Alcott Well-Known Member

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    I suppose what this church did was alright. But I do wonder, like a poster above, whether she played Daniel as a female character or played him straight.

    I certainly have nothing against a church (or a subgroup thereof) doing a drama, but in a portrayal right out of scripture, perhaps it should not be done unless there are enough qualified actors/actresses right for the parts, as well as a director and other essential personnel who have the expertise and take it seriously enough. It's just a matter of the casting not becoming an issue such that the drama itself takes second place, or at least that it not stir a few people up.

    But don't take this to the extreme... like if a baby is needed to play Jesus, Moses, Samuel, or others, that a girl baby couldn't be considered. I don't think that would matter.

    For more generalized dramas, things are more flexible. I have written several, and on 2 or 3 occasions I had to change the gender of the character because of the availability and willingness of potential cast members. Thus, in The Makeover Machine [which takes off on the modern "extreme makeover" theme], I had to change shy Susie Seekingworth into shy Sammy Seekingworth on the day of the skit in a couple of minutes before that character was 'made over.' Really, not many words in the script had to be changed, but that was the character that was made over right, so the reluctant 'actor' did nothing but read the lines and go through the 'machine,' which sort of spoiled the effect.
     
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  8. Joshua Rhodes

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    No problem here, as long as the story was not changed...
     
  9. dh1948

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    A minor issue in my opinion.
     
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