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Elvis song leaves Utah school district ‘All Shook Up’

High school play is scrapped after complaints about a sexually suggestive song.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jan 3, 2013 7:13PM

A Utah school district has pulled the curtain on “All Shook Up,” a production that uses Elvis Presley’s music, reports The Associated Press. The show, which is loosely based on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” is claimed to include a sexually suggestive song that could be taken as offensive.

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District spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf says a person approached the district and complained about the play. After reviewing the script, Riesgraf says it didn't meet new standards put in place in August after another high school play came under scrutiny.

Students at Herriman High School had already started rehearsing the play, which was scheduled to debut in February.

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This isn’t the first time the plug has been pulled on a high school production due to so-called inappropriate content. Just last month, an Ohio woman was forced to resign from her post as drama teacher after a sold-out production of “Legally Blonde” was deemed too racy by school officials.

Do you think the play should have been canceled?

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Jan 3, 2013 10:13PM
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I was a teen when this song came out, of course we had other things on our mind, not sex. People should get there minds out of the gutter. All shook up was a great song by Elvis,remember he still is the KING. People now days are very quick to judge and make something out of nothing, what a shame.
Jan 3, 2013 10:11PM
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IT IS BAD  ENOUGH RELIGION IS RUNNING THE MIDDLE EAST. NOW IT IS RUNNING AND RUINING OUR WAY OF LIFE.
 I GUESS  THAT CERTAIN SCHOOL BOARDS ARE TREATING THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS FEIFDOMS ?

Jan 3, 2013 10:11PM
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Good grief, that song is from 1956, it wasn't suggestive then, and neither is it now.

 

If they feel it is suggestive, then I imagine 90% of Rock & Roll is too.

Jan 3, 2013 10:08PM
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Welcome to Utah self proclaimed the most Republican state in the country and the most conservative. The state where smaller and less intrusive government applies to large businesses and gives them pretty much free reign, (no campaign contribution limits hence out and out corruption  of public officials), while suppressing individuals right to make choices. (Self admittedly a "control state").
Jan 3, 2013 10:07PM
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YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME......apprently some people in UTAH have way to much time on their hands you better be listening........ to what your pure children are watching and listening to today and what they are up to on facebbok and other sites common grow to H _ L L     up...............
Jan 3, 2013 10:05PM
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OMG! What a bunch of prudes who should keep their noses out of other people's business. No one forced the complainers to attend the play and I don't see that any of the kids' parents complained.  I think the Book of Mormon is suggestive. Will this school district ban it as well? C'mon! Dirty is dirty or don't your plural wives agree?
Jan 3, 2013 10:05PM
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do we pass out condoms in high school?  hello!!!!!  get responsible parenting and the kids will turn out half decent?  At least until their hormones settle down; 
Jan 3, 2013 10:04PM
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EVEN castro liked elvis!! I am all shook up.
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