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John has been teaching, directing and performing in Rochester, NY since he moved there in 1996. John devotes his time to many theatre and dance groups. He is a regular performer with Out of the Box Improv, and Joey and Maria's Comedy Wedding with Great Lakes Productions, where he is also their director. John has been featured in productions performing in Montreal, Milwaukee, Las Vegas and New York City. He has also recently relaunched "The Happy Pirates!" During the day John is an instructor of Computer Science and Acting at St. John Fisher College. The rest of the time he manages Spotlight Studios in Fairport, NY. Spotlight offers musical theatre training through private lessons, group classes, Live-Learning productions and a full season of plays.

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February 12, 2020
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Lyrics of Shipoopi in Music Man KIDS

Hi Cindy!

We are working on a production of Music Man Kids and we are getting parent push-back from the first few lines of Shipoopi, which we assumed would've been changed in the Kids version of the script. 


Well, a woman who'll kiss on the very first date
Is usually a hussy
And a woman who'll kiss on the second time out
Is anything but fussy

Do you have any suggestions? Is there an approved alternate set of lyrics we could use?

Or do you have a better explanation of the lyrics that we could explain to the kids and parent?


John Barthelmes :-)

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