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A Note To Teachers From Other Teachers

Lynise Reedy, a teacher in the Toronto Catholic District Schoolboard, brought 90 students on the subway to see Kinky Boots. She felt that the show was perfect to teach her kids about issues such as diversity and acceptance. Her students agreed, and also shared her enthusiasm for the show.

Kinky Boots is a fabulous musical that I highly recommend for high school students!

I saw the Mirvish production of Kinky Boots on August 20and was blown away by this must-see show!  I had heard a lot of good things about Kinky Boots and was interested in bringing my students to see it, but, because of its title and its premise, I wanted to preview the show prior to bringing them.  I also wanted to make sure that beyond a shadow of a doubt I could tell the school’s admin team that the show is appropriate for students. We’ve all heard the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, I guess we shouldn’t judge a musical by its title either!” This is a fabulous musical that is so relevant to students; it speaks to having the courage to be yourself, to accepting others for whom they are, to showing compassion even to those who will put you down, and believing that the goodness in others will eventually prevail over their ingrained, short-sighted, conditioned conventions.  If we could only put the themes of this show into practice, the world would be a much, much better place! 

Lola, one of the central characters in the show, challenges Don, a co-worker, to “change his mind about someone.” If you are having reservations about taking your students to see Kinky Boots because of its title or its premise, I challenge you to “change your mind about something,” and to bring your students to see this AMAZING cast in this STELLAR production. You and your students will be so glad that you had the opportunity to be a part of this show!

Kevin Fraser
Dramatic Arts Teacher
Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute