It was six hours before opening night. Sarah Holdren, director of a Yale student production, had just entered the theater for a routine pre-performance errand when the man who runs the hall gave her an update: In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, a Yale administrator decided that she didn’t want any weapons used or portrayed during theatrical productions. —Elia Powers —Stage Fright (Inside Higher Ed)
Grown-ups and all but the youngest kids know that the swords on stage aren’t real. And those young kids probably won’t be able to sit through a live theater performance that isn’t tailored to them, so they would not likely be in the audience.