A Pennsylvania school has dropped its plan to put on the Monty Python play “Spamalot” next spring because it includes a same-sex marriage scene.
The director of the drama department at South Williamsport Junior Senior High School, Dawn Burch, told WNEP-TV that the principal has told them to pick a new play because “homosexuality does not exist in a conservative community such as South Williamsport.”
“I’d just seen one of my friends walk with her girlfriend the other day," junior Gianna Goegard said. "It’s definitely in my school and all around."
Administrators said the subject matter of the play is not appropriate for students. Burch says the play was canceled over the homosexual content.
“If it’s a controversial issue and there are other choices that would be less controversial, I would support the school,” Manny Tskitas of South Williamsport said. “As a parent it wouldn’t be my top choice of a play."
Tskitas says he is not sure his seventh-grade daughter would understand the content in the play.
“I think in today’s day and age, kids get exposed to things very quickly and a lot sooner than my generation and the generation before," he said. "So for the school to take a stand like that I’m perfectly okay with that."
“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,” Superintendent Mark Stamm said.
Members of the Arts Community Center in Williamsport emailed WNEP, calling the school’s decision insensitive and harmful to children.