The superintendent of a Christian school in Lincoln has been removed from his post after appearing in a community theater's production of the musical “The Producers.”
Harold Scott had served as superintendent of Parkview Christian School for two years.
Recently, he appeared in the Mel Brooks comedy at the Lofte Theatre near Manley, Neb., as Max, one of two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. The show includes homosexual jokes and characters.
According to its website, Parkview is a non-denominational Christian school with students from preschool through 12th grade. It was founded in 1980 by Calvary Community Church but several years ago became a separate, non-profit entity.
Scott said he was removed from his position on Saturday. He said he was told the reason for his termination was due to his participation in the production, which the church's pastor felt would have a negative reflection on the church and the school.
“I never imagined that my passion for acting and participating in community theater would lead to me losing my job,” Scott said in an email. “I truly believe that I did nothing wrong and my involvement in theater should in no way interfere with the career I love.”
Ben Kramer, the school board's chairman, said he could not get into specifics about the matter.
The church's pastor could not be reached Wednesday for comment.
Scott said he had been involved in education for 22 years, 10 of them in administration. He said he will miss working with the students, staff and parents at Parkview Christian and wishes them well.