The Theater students of Wheatland Middle School had planned a production of the play "The Bullying Collection". Their principal approved the script and they got to work, spending nine weeks and over 70 hours of rehearsals. The student actors were devastated to have the principal rescind his approval and cancel the show 24 hrs before opening night after watching a preview performance. His reason for canceling? The show he supposedly read and approved was "inappropriate", "not in line with the values of the school" and, "promoted LGBT".
The censorship of art and free expression is not a Wyoming value. Students everywhere experience bullying daily. Seeing art that sparks conversations about what to do when they encounter it would be a great benefit for youth regularly navigating these situations.
Upon hearing the troubling news of censorship in Wheatland, The Wyoming Family Alliance for Freedom knew THE SHOW MUST GO ON. Thankfully these students had many parents, directors, and a theater community that quickly went to work and can happily say IT WILL GO ON - as a production with the Platte County Players. The show is scheduled for 7 PM Friday, January 12, 2024 at Wheatland High School 1207 13th St, Wheatland, WY 82201.
We invite all who can to attend. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 100% of proceeds collected by WYFAF will go to the Platte County Players and help fund future youth productions free from censorship. Give as generously as you are able to support these young thespians and show them how much we appreciate their freedom of expression. Let them know there are many who will not standby quietly when people attempt to silence the voices of others.
The Wheatland High School auditorium seats 350, so if you are able to make the trip, please let us know how many in your party.
If you would like to show your support but unable to give monetarily, WYFAF is also collecting letters to deliver to the students at the January performance. Email your words of encouragement to [email protected].
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