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Reader questions selection of play by Temple High for UIL competition

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Subject: UIL one act play competition

Recently I attended the UIL 5A Region I, District 8, Zone 2 One Act Play competition held at Temple High School. Competing were Temple, Ellison, Harker Heights and Killeen High schools.

There were many fine, young people involved and I was so impressed with their performances.

But I question the selection of the play performed by Temple High School.

It was “Never The Sinner,” which was a portrayal of the trial for Richard Loeb and Nathan (Babe) Leopold Jr. These individuals were defended by the renowned lawyer, Clarence Darrow. The trial took place in Chicago in 1924 and is historical in judicial proceedings. Both Loeb and Leopold were homosexuals, hedonistic and had Ubermensch mentalities.

I was appalled as I watched these young people portray homosexual affections and perform murder and remark about tasting the blood of their victim.

This play is meant for actors/actresses of a mature nature, not teenagers!

I was so happy to see the KHS young people perform “Alice in Wonderland.” Hats off to their drama instructor.

Mary Jo Burton

Killeen

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