School Drops ‘Spamalot’ Because Homosexuality ‘Does Not Exist’ In Community

spamalotSouth Williamsport’s Junior Senior High School principal thinks that gay themes are inappropriate for his students because, “homosexuality does not exist in a conservative community such as South Williamsport.”

Which begs the question: “Why have musicals at all, then?”

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — A controversy is brewing in Lycoming County over the decision to cancel a musical that was set for students to perform next spring. In South Williamsport, administrators thought the subject matter of the musical was not appropriate for students.

We had several viewers reach out to us because they are upset South Williamsport’s Junior Senior High School has dropped a performance of Broadway’s Monty Python’s Spamalot over controversial content, which includes a homosexual wedding.

Cast members from “Spamalot” perform the Monty Python musical nightly on Broadway. It was supposed to be performed next spring in South Williamsport, but school officials decided not to run the musical, because of what they think is inappropriate content.

“If it’s a controversial issue and there are other choices that would be less controversial, I would support the school,” said Manny Tskitas from South Williamsport.

“It’s doesn’t bother me,” said Jodi Cogley, whose child attends South Williamsport High School.

We reached out to the director of drama department, Dawn Burch who says school officials are making the drama department choose another show. Burch says school officials dropped the musical because of its homosexual themes, according to an email she says she received.

In that email, Burch says the principal wrote that homosexuality does not exist in a conservative community such as South Williamsport. We spoke with community and students who go to the school. They say that’s not true.

[continued at WNEP]

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  • Dingbert

    “*7/3/14 – An earlier version of this story mistakenly attributed comments about homosexuality not existing in the community to an email sent by the high school principal. In fact, the email did NOT contain those comments. Newswatch 16 regrets the error and apologizes for any confusion.”

    • BuzzCoastin

      this just in
      story does not exist in South Williamsport’s Junior Senior High School
      comments cancelled

  • Anarchy Pony

    As a heterosexual fan of musicals I can say that we should have them because they are fabulous. Although that doesn’t sound very heterosexual…

    • Gjallarbru

      I’m not a fan of musicals at all, in fact I profoundly dislike them. But cancelling one because of some homosexual content is just stupid. I can’t believe there are still so many backwards people out there.

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        • Simon Valentine

          these things are practically predictable to the reverse-engineeringeth degree

    • Smoke Under Sky

      There is no such thing as a homosexual just about as much as there being no such thing as a heterosexual.
      They do not exist, but have been conveniently ‘Categorized’ based on
      desires, tendencies, and carried out by physical sexual acts

    • Smoke Under Sky

      This is a very respectable point of view of both ‘Categories’

      firstthings dotcom /article/2014/03/against-heterosexuality

  • Mr B

    “If it’s a controversial issue and there are other choices that would be less controversial, I would support the school,”

    How cowardly.

    • BuzzCoastin

      how edumacated
      a true appreciator of mediocrity for the sake of mediocrity

  • Jonas Planck

    In that email, Burch says the principal wrote that homosexuality does not exist in a conservative community such as South Williamsport. Or maybe that’s Iran we’re thinking of… not sure… We spoke with community and students who go to the school. They say that’s not true… not only did the principal not say that, but “this school is totally gay. So is the principal. Fake and gay. I hate this place.”
    When asked to comment on the ongoing non-story, the principal was quoted as saying, “I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition!”

  • VaudeVillain

    I remember when my High School cancelled a play because it was too “controversial”. The annual production of “Cabaret” was never in danger, but apparently “west Side Story”was just a little too racist. They put on “Guys and Dolls” instead… presumably because sexism is totally tits.