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I think that hey should be able to. Just recently I was in the play Fiddler On The Roof Jr at my school. The main role is normally played by a male but in our play it was played by a female.
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That's pretty cool. In my school, guys in drama are pretty scarce... and lots of our male actors graduated this year.

Actually, when I was little this group of amateur actors would put on children's plays at the community center, and they were kinda short on women so men occasionally played female parts.

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In the 1983 film "The Year of Living Dangerously", Linda Hunt won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as photographer Billy Kwan. First (and I think only) oscar awarded to a female playing a male role. Frankly, I think she should have been up for Best Actress but Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver were billed abover her in the credits. However, she dominates the film in one of the best historically based thrillers you're ever likely to see.

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I think so. The only problem with this at my school is that there are more girls the guys in the musical so girls get to be either androgynous or male, or guys end up in polyamorous relationships. We did H.M.S. Pinafore and all of the sailors (myself included) ended up with two or more of Sir Josepsh's nieces, cousins, aunts etc. If the situation were ever reversed, I don't think my school would be very accepting of guys taking on girls roles. I definitely think there's no reason that girls can't play guys' parts if they're good in them or guys can't play girls' parts if they're good in them.

(Note to self, see The Year of Living Dangerously)

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All of shakespeares female roles were origionally preformed by guys.
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I think it's artistic freedom, really.

There is a famous Japanese all female muscial company, the Takarazuka Revue Company.

The group has been around since 1914, and they perform revues and lots of musicals with an all female cast.

For more info, check out:
"Women play men in unique Japanese theater" (from CNN)

Fan site

Official Website (?) (In Japanese)

A fan writes:

Takarazuka is a popular Japanese revue company established in 1914. (...) As all of their members are limited single female, male's parts are always played by women on its stages.

To be a member of this musical's company, female applicants whose age are limited from 15 to 18 years old, must pass the entrance exam of "Takarazuka music school" at first. This exam has been known as one of the most difficult ones in Japan and it is sometimes even compared to passing the entrance exam of the university of Tokyo.

After two years' study of there, all students are to be permitted to join the Takarazuka as a member. They have to decide in advance which gender part they will play on the stage. Mostly, members decide it based on their height.

Otokoyaku --- who play male part --- have attracted so many fans, including male fans, since establishment. It has been said "At least 10 years are needed until a Otokoyaku can play male part as if SHE is real male". This is because Otokoyaku have to change their voice by shouting or singing in low key, have to learn how to walk and dance like male and so on. Through this long training period, they become skilled Otokoyaku who can enbody fans' yearnings for a prince riding on a white horse, gentleman, dandy and so forth....!

Musumeyaku --- who play female part --- have also attracted many fans. I like talented Musumeyaku very much. Because it is them who make Otokoyaku more attractive, by playing elegant or fairy-like female. Unfortunately, they are tend to be spoken badly by fans out of jealousy. What is worse, T-company seems to have thought light of them, too.

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Sure, why not. I think a lot of schools have the problem of more girls being interested in drama. I was in a play in grade 9, and originally, my love interest was going to be played by a girl. Unfortunately they found a boy instead. She probably backed out 'coz she didn't want to kiss me. The policemen and bad guy were played by girls, though.

A good performance can usually make you suspend disbelief, I think.

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