Gay rights opponents in Northampton, Massachusetts are attempting to shut down a production of Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.

Rudnick, who is openly gay, is best known for writing the plays Jeffrey, I Hate Hamlet and The Gay Marriage Plays and the screenplays for In & Out, The Stepford Wives and Addams Family Values.

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts (PVPA) Charter Public School's upcoming staging of The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told is being protested by Christians who say Rudnick's version of the Book of Genesis, which includes gay characters, offends God.

“Foremost, it offends God,” a woman said in a voicemail received by the school. “And I protest that you folks will even consider this play.”

School officials said they have received more than 4,000 emails asking them to cancel the performance.

“Some of them were rather concerning and hateful,” Debra J'Anthony, executive director of the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, the play's venue, told ABC affiliate WGGB. “Addressed toward, you know, anti-gay speech.”

In a statement, PVPA Principal Scott Goldman said canceling the show was not an option.

“Allowing this to happen would very much go against the grain of our unique, artistic, and intellectually rigorous PVPA community, and the larger Pioneer Valley community,” he said. (A video report is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The school's staging of the play opens Friday, March 15.