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Stage Weapons
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2111  Tuesday, 4 November 2003

From:           Susan St. John <
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Date:           Saturday, 01 Nov 2003 20:17:59 -0700
Subject:        Stage Weapons

I am writing to my educator friends to see if your schools or school
districts have any sort of policy about stage weapons.

We had a controversy in my school district when a principal tried to
cancel a show based on the fact that the teacher had signed a "no
weapons" policy which includes fake weapons.  The principal said that
the swords being used in "12th Night" were a violation of the school's
policy.

We are contending that stage weapons should be exempt from the weapons
policy, as drama teachers are trained in their use, and train their
students; the stage prop weapons are kept under lock and key and are
highly supervised during use.

If we are not allowed to use weapons on stage our choice of scripts will
be greatly reduced, taking out just about every Shakespeare play, and an
awful lot of musicals!

Have any of you run into this issue, and do you know of any wording that
a weapons policy could include to EXCLUDE stage weapons?

Thanks for your help.
Susan St. John.

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