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N.H. high school's production of 'Sweeney Todd' causes debate

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PLAISTOW, N.H. (WHDH) - A New Hampshire high school's decision to cancel their production of 'Sweeney Todd' has gained national attention.

Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow was planning on putting on the play in the spring of 2015, but some officials thought that the story--about a barber that murders people and bakes their remains in pies--goes too far and contains themes that children shouldn't be exposed to.

"I had some concerns. There's some great metaphors, but a barber that murders people in the spirit of revenge, cannibalism, those themes concerned me," said one official.

Some students say that it's a challenge that they're ready to tackle head on.

"If students are aware enough of this material to have a desire to be challenged by it, they should have that opportunity. High school theater first and foremost should be an educational experience for the students," said another official.

The school district will be holding a public forum Wednesday night at 5:30 at the performing arts center.

The superintendent will ultimately have the final word on whether the play goes forward.
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