Quantcast

PA principal cancels ‘Spamalot’ over same-sex wedding scene, claiming no gays in town

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 14:25 EDT
google plus icon
Student Gianna Goegard via screencap
 
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Email this page

A high school drama department in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania has been forced to scrap plans for their Spring 2015 production of the Monty Python musical “Spamalot.”

Think Progress reported that parents and the school’s principal objected to the musical because of its “adult content,” particularly a scene in which a same-sex couple are married.

Drama department director Dawn Burch said that she received an email from the school principal Jesse Smith saying that there is no homosexuality in a conservative community like South Williamsport, so the department must choose another show for its spring musical.

Students at South Williamsport High School like Gianna Goegard beg to differ.

“I’d just seen one of my friends walk with her girlfriend the other day,” Goegard told WNEP Channel 16. “It’s definitely in my school and all around.”

Principal Smith joins other public officials like former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Sochi, Russia’s mayor Anatoly Pakhomov who took it upon themselves to declare that their communities are completely LGBT-free, in spite of evidence to the contrary.

School superintendent Mark Stamm told Think Progress that the play would be shown to students from grades 7 to 12 and that someone should think of the children in attendance.

“We want our performances to be appropriate for the student performers and audiences so that anyone participating or watching can enjoy all aspects of the show,” Stamm said.

Zack Ford at Think Progress wrote, “Many high schools across the country have mounted productions of Spamalot. The company that licenses the rights for the show includes a resource specifically for school productionsthat includes suggestions about how to adjust the script to remove language that might be inappropriate. It provides no guidance for removing the same-sex wedding.”

Watch video about this story, embedded below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
By commenting, you agree to our terms of service
and to abide by our commenting policy.
 
Google+