South 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.
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