EXCLUSIVE: Musical hanging in the balance after multiple committee members suspended

University of Lincoln Musical Theatre Society logo (Image: MTS)

The fate of the University of Lincoln Musical Theatre Society’s (MTS) performance of popular musical Footloose is uncertain after three of the committee members were suspended last week.

The suspensions follow allegations of bullying within the society and abuse of power by committee members.

The Students’ Union (SU) is dealing with a complaint made concerning the committee and have heard their appeal.

The SU is currently deciding on a verdict.

Those suspended have told The Linc: “We will hopefully be back to business soon following our appeal.

“Once the appeal is over, whether it’s a positive or negative outcome, we will release an official statement.

“For the time being, we are not members of MTS, and we are just three students trying to continue our courses away from the stresses weighing us down.”

The society’s performance of Grease. March 2016. (Photo: Harry Marshall)

There are only two members left on the committee, and they are going ahead with rehearsals despite the small creative team.

They have said: “We (the remaining committee) have taken on the roles and will be working our hardest to make sure that the show goes ahead for our members who have been working extremely hard.”

The appeal will be decided tomorrow, and the society will have to make a decision whether or not to continue with the show without the suspended members.

The Student’s Union commented saying: “Lincoln SU appreciates that this is a difficult situation, and are actively working with the other committee members and the society to offer support and ensure that the forthcoming production is not affected by this process.”

The production is set to be performed at the LPAC on Friday 31 March – Saturday 1 April. Tickets are still available through the LPAC website.