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Acting Role Costs Nebraska School Official His Job

Sunday Aug 11, 2013
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The superintendent of a Christian school in Lincoln says he lost his job because he performed in a community production of "The Producers," a Broadway musical with gay characters, Nazi jokes, some coarse dialogue and racy lyrics.

Harold Scott has been superintendent for two years at Parkview Christian School, which has ties to Calvary Community Church in Nebraska’s capital city. Scott told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1beXDOz) on Wednesday that he was told that Calvary’s pastor, the Rev. Carl Godwin, thought Scott’s participation in the show would reflect poorly on the school and church.

Scott said he was fired Saturday.

"I never imagined that my passion for acting and participating in community theater would lead to me losing my job," Scott said. "I truly believe that I did nothing wrong and my involvement in theater should in no way interfere with the career I love."

Scott played one of the leads, Max Bialystock, in The Lofte Theatre production of the Mel Brooks musical. The show ran three straight weekends and closed Sunday. The theater sits just outside the town of Manley, 27 miles from Lincoln.

Godwin didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press.

The nondenominational Christian school offers preschool and classes for kindergarten through 12th grade. It was founded by the church in 1980 and a few years ago became a separate, nonprofit entity.

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