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16 minutes ago, EDAVE said:

I hate PC shows!  I get enough this white man shame from the news. Don’t need it while watching a drum corps show.

I hate people that find ways to ##### about anything drum corps so they have a reason to #####

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21 minutes ago, EDAVE said:

I hate PC shows!  I get enough this white man shame from the news. Don’t need it while watching a drum corps show.

I agree with you.  But I don't necessarily think this show is going to be about "white man shaming".  It certainly doesn't come across that way in the music I have heard so far.

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52 minutes ago, cixelsyd said:

Not sure what to challenge first.

- Is the show concept really "based upon women"?  Or is it about power?  Equality?  Diversity?  Unity?  Race?  Ethnicity?  Orientation?  Identity?  Glass ceilings?   (Or something else hinted at in this thread?)

- Has a single person here objected to a show theme about women?  Or are they objecting to that other stuff?  

I don't know. Go ask them. 

Happy 2019 Cadets! Kick some a## this summer!

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The last "political statement" show I know of ( tho there could have been others and I just didn't understand what the heck the corps was trying to get across ) was the Cavaliers' Propoganda.  It was easy enough to just ignore the theme or name of the show or its intended message and base my opinion on the content. I'm sure I'll be able to do the same with Behold. 

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1 hour ago, EDAVE said:

I hate PC shows!  I get enough this white man shame from the news. Don’t need it while watching a drum corps show.

I’m OK with one specific white man from Cadets’ past being shamed.

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4 minutes ago, Jurassic Lancer said:

I’m OK with one specific white man from Cadets’ past being shamed.

From what I’ve seen, I wonder if that’s even possible.  Some people don’t seem to be able to feel shame. 

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1 hour ago, EDAVE said:

I hate PC shows!  I get enough this white man shame from the news. Don’t need it while watching a drum corps show.

At no point was race ever mentioned in this announcement. You complain of generalizations being made yet you made one yourself, assuming this show is going to be some hyper social justice propaganda just because it's about women. I don't remember any of these complaints when Cavaliers announced their 2017 show.

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9 minutes ago, Brass Lover said:

At no point was race ever mentioned in this announcement.

Look again:

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A STORY OF POWER AND EQUALITY

The Cadets are proud to present their 2019 production Behold. The show illuminates the struggle to attain power, keep power, and ultimately, the power of equality. Libby Larson’s 'Fanfare for the Women' opens the show and celebrates the powerful, intelligent, and brave women of the past; personified by a single character, the Queen.

“Behold is, by definition, a command for respect and is often used to introduce something remarkable or impressive. The design team wanted to honor the remarkable story of resilience, strength, unity, and healing for The Cadets and for all women in our activity and our country, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of women in The Cadets in 2019,” said Darcie Aungst, Program Coordinator. “I was intrigued by women in history who lead entire nations as far back as Ancient Egypt and Rome; often pondering the question, what happened? Why in 2019 is it a struggle? This show explores that history and those questions. Behold tells a tale of female strength and leadership, the ugliness of jealousy, discrimination, and power when it is held over others. The show points triumphantly to images and sounds of true equality and opportunity for everyone regardless of gender, race, orientation, identity, or ethnicity. Shattering the glass ceiling opens opportunities for everyone who has been told they are ‘less than’ and leaves our world a better place for future generations. Behold the power of unity, of equality, and of The Cadets!”

'Just' by David Lang and 'Blueprint' by Caroline Shaw soon follow as we see and hear cracks in the palace which signal the end of the Queen’s reign. The breakdown is followed by the chaos that occurs within a complete vacuum of power. 'Dance 1' of the Estancia Orchestral Suite by Alberto Ginastera then sets the scene as the corps breaks into tribes with the intent of taking power from others. Divided by their differences, everything is destroyed.

'Bridge Over Troubled Water' by Paul Simon washes over the corps as the Queen comes into focus, witnessing the destruction of what she had created by those filled with jealousy. She accepts the destruction wrought by those who stole from her and begins to heal her people, bringing them together, and undertakes the rebuilding so that they can move forward. She both heals and passes the torch so that future generations can have a better life.

Following the healing of the past, the future generation gets the opportunity to do and be anything they want. 'Do Better' is an original piece by Tom Aungst, Omar Carmenates, and Brandon Carrita that is meant to be a playful, modern, young, and fresh take on the concept that anything you can do, I can do better. If the past generation does something; we want the future generation to do even better. The finale from David Maslanka’s 4th Symphony provides an emotional, glorious, and majestic closer where the diverse women and men of the corps stream forward to shatter the glass ceiling. This act empowers people who were never before given a chance to step up and lead. With this diversity of gender, identity, race, ethnicity, orientation, and age comes new ideas, innovations, celebrations, and respect.

Behold The Cadets of 2019

 

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I for one am looking forward to seeing the Cadets this summer.  They have been through a trauma in the past 16 months or so, and this show theme seems appropriate to me.  I am sure they'll be great,

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