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Is ‘Sweeney Todd’ appropriate for high school kids?

Down in Plaistow, the Timberlane School District is having a big, public debate about next spring’s student drama production. The students want to put on “Sweeney Todd,” but the superintendent is concerned that the material isn’t age-appropriate.

What do you think, readers? On one hand, “Sweeney Todd” is considered one of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpieces. It earned eight Tony Awards in 1979. On the other hand, it does focus on a murderous barber whose victims end up baked into meat pies.

Send your thoughts to letters@cmonitor.com. We’ll publish a selection in an upcoming Forum section.

Legacy Comments3

Pretty sure my kids saw it in London on a high school trip. My daughter dressed up as Mrs. Lovett for Halloween in college.

I agree with RabbitNH. Compared to the Hollywood movies and sick pop culture today, video games, etc. Sweeney Todd is like Disney.

Compared to Miley Cyrus, video games and the movies these teens seem to be hooked on, this play does not even come close to being material that is not age appropriate.

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