Lincoln School Superintendent Says He Lost His Job After Appearing in THE PRODUCERS
According to an article in Omaha's World-Herald, the superintendent of Parkview Christian School in Lincoln, NE, Harold Scott, was "removed from his position" on Saturday, August 3, after appearing in a community theatre production of THE PRODUCERS.
"I never imagined that my passion for acting and participating in community theater would lead to me losing my job," Scott told the World-Herald. "I truly believe that I did nothing wrong and my involvement in theater should in no way interfere with the career I love."
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Scott had participated in the Lofte Theatre's recent run of the Mel Brooks comedy musical. THE PRODUCERS musical was adapted by Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film, with lyrics by Brooks and music by Brooks, arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. It opened on Broadway in 2001, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, and went on to win a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards.
The story follows two theatre producers who purposefully oversell investments on what they think will be a Broadway flop in a get-rich-quick scheme, only to see their Nazi-themed musical become a smash hit. The show includes some homosexuality and bawdy humor.
School Board Chairman Ben Kramer said he "could not get into specifics" about Scott's dismissal.
Parkview is a non-denominational Christian school, preschool through 12th grade, founded by Calvary Community Church in 1980. The school is now a separate non-profit from the church.
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