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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 12:36 PM

-- The Univ of WY is warning audiences about offensive material in a traveling musical after Native American high school students walked out of a performance of "The Fantasticks."The walkout happened Thursday during intermission, The Laramie Boomerang reported.

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LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The Univ of WY is warning audiences about offensive material in a traveling musical after Native American high school students walked out of a performance of "The Fantasticks."

The walkout happened Thursday during intermission, The Laramie Boomerang reported. It wasn't clear how many students attending the Native American Summer Institute at the campus in Laramie walked out of the show.

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The one thousand nine hundred sixty musical, which is about two neighboring fathers who stunt their children into falling in like by pretending to feud, contains a scene in which characters dress up as and villainize Native Americans. Attendees said they were also shocked at the casual utilize of the word "rape" in the musical's dialogue.

The walkout prompted criticism from UW'south United Multicultural Council and a boycott by another summer camp. The Upward Bound grouping canceled plans to attend Saturday'south performance the Dept of Theater and Dance.

"The indicate particularly demeans Native American cultures with outdated stereotypes of Native American appropriation by non-native actors wearing headdresses/warbonnets," according to a statement by the United Multicultural Council. "It also portrays Native American and Latino/Hispanic characters as the villains or antagonists of the show."

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The Univ prepared a program paste for future performances explaining the scene.

"With historical productions, we look a 'point in time,' which is different from the one in which we live," the paste reads. "We look portrayals of characters that are painful to look as twenty-first cent audiences. The challenge then, in producing historical works, is to assistance audiences realize the context and/or legend for the play without taking undue or illegal liberties with the script."

Tim Nichols, who helped set up the Native American Summer Institute, told the Boomerang that the content was unfortunate

"It'south a one thousand nine hundred sixty play, but it was, in my view, inappropriate," he said. "We shared our concerns with the theater dept and we shared our concerns with the students and, you know, we're OK."

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