The hills are alive … with the sound of political correctness.
Nazi props were temporarily declared verboten in LaGuardia High School’s production of the Third Reich-set classic “The Sound of Music” prior to the show’s Thursday night opening.
The principal at the elite “Fame” school, Lisa Mars, ordered Nazi flags and symbols removed from the stage set of the beloved tale of the Von Trapp family, who fled the Nazis from their native Austria as Adolf Hitler took power, students told the Daily News.
“This is a very liberal school, we’re all against Nazis,” one sophomore performer told The News about the fuhrer furor. “But to take out the symbol is to try to erase history.
“Obviously the symbols are offensive,” he added. “But in context, they are supposed to be.”
In the 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews, Von Trapp patriarch Georg — as played by Christopher Plummer — famously rips the Nazi flag in half. The story was based on a memoir by Von Trapp’s daughter Maria.
Mars did not respond to requests for comment on the fuhrer furor, although the city Department of Education said the Nazi flag would still appear in two specific scenes.
“The use of this historical symbol of hatred … serves both an artistic and pedagogical purpose, and the decision to include it was made in collaboration with school staff, students and families,” said city education spokeswoman Miranda Barbot.
A portion of the play’s 10-show run will be donated to various Holocaust organizations, including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, student and city education officials said.
And the production booklet handed out to audience members will include an insert with a message reading in part, “When we say never again will those atrocities of war be repeated, NEVER AGAIN must be a promise kept.”
The prop flags and emblems were all designed and created by the theater students at the performing arts school, but Mars had insisted they all be removed from the stage, the students claimed.
“It’s still going to be a great show,” a senior working in the production told The News. “I’m not going to say it was going to be a bad night because this happened. But it would have been better to explain the symbolism than to just take it away.”
Another student in the show groused the decision was abrupt and unjustified.
“We were rehearsing with them for a couple of days and all of a sudden she came down and said we can’t rehearse with them anymore,” the high school junior said.
According to the students, Mars’s priorities for the elite school no longer include the arts.
“The goal was supposed to be equal representation between the arts and education, but it hasn’t turned out that way,” the senior student told The News.
Added the junior theater student: “Ever since she came into the school, the arts have been less and less.”
All the students who spoke with The News asked that their names not be made public.
Mars had previously come under scrutiny over her vision for the school that became renowned after the movie and TV series “Fame.”
In the summer of 2016, more than 7,000 people signed an online petition complaining Mars pushed test scores and academics at the expense of the school’s core mission of encouraging young artists.