DEVELOPING: Play performed at Mitchell sparks controversy

Local pastor organizing prayer group

LEDGER – A local pastor is asking people to pray Friday after a play performed Thursday at Mitchell High School sparked controversy and was discussed heavily on social media.

Timothy Rupard, the pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Newland, posted a Facebook status around 5 p.m. Thursday urging local preachers and others to join in his cause.

“In light of what happened at Mitchell High School today, I think a group of preachers should make an appearance tomorrow,” Rupard wrote. “We are meeting for prayer tomorrow at noon near Mitchell High School. This is not just for preachers; we are asking everyone that is willing to be there at 12.”

The outrage stems from a Toe River Arts Council-sponsored play performed at Mitchell by members of Parkway Playhouse. The play, “The Complete Works of Shakespeare,” contained coarse language, references to drinking, violence, suicide and had two male characters perform a “stage kiss.”

Mitchell County Schools Superintendent Chad Calhoun said the play was shut down about 15 minutes after the Central Office was notified.

Mitchell High School principal Mark Woody issued an apology to students via email and parents through the school’s all-call system, Calhoun said. TRAC Executive Director Nealy Andrews issued a formal apology as well.

Keep checking for more on this story as it develops.

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616