Theater Cancels Production of Cinderella Because Cast Is ‘Too White’

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A suburban Minnesota theatre has canceled their production of Cinderella because the cast is “too white”…

Which is something that has actually been a long time coming.

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Here’s the full story…

Now, there’s absolutely no doubt that there’s been an issue surrounding race in Disney productions for decades.

Of course, more recent Disney productions are extremely diverse and inclusive of many different races, including Soul (2020), Moana (2016), and The Princess and the Frog (2009).

But when it comes to the more classic movies, such as Snow White, Rapunzel, and Cinderella

There was – and still is – absolutely no diversity.

The majority of Disney princesses are white…

And as the years have gone by, more and more people have started to call it out.

But even for the more recent productions of classic Disney flicks, such as Cinderella

The casting continues to be strictly white.

In today’s day and age, why isn’t there more diversity?

And why do major production companies continue to cast only white actors? It’s just not right.

Theatres are even guilty of white-washing their cast…

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But one local theatre in Minnesota has decided to take a stand against this kind of inequality.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has just canceled its production of Cinderella

And it’s gotten people talking.

The theatre was planning to stage Roger & Hammerstein’s classic play later this year…

But the director scrapped the show this week; slamming its lack of racial diversity, reported.

“It was ninety-eight percent white,” the theater’s director, Michael Brindisi, said of the show’s actors.

“That doesn’t work with what we’re saying we’re going to do.”

Brindisi said he considered recasting but instead decided to put a self-inflicted spin on cancel culture and “scrap this and start fresh with a clean slate.”

The production company has hired a diversity consultant and says it plans to focus on becoming “a more intentionally anti-racist theater” with “identity-conscious casting,” it said in a statement.

“After careful consideration and with our ongoing commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we have made the decision to cancel our upcoming production.”

“In addition to changing future programming, we are establishing new pre-production protocols. We will be inviting and paying [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] artists to analyze the production with our creative teams through a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lens,” it went on.​

But the theater firm – which is based in the largely white Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen – may have trouble finding people of color to fill roles.

Chanhassen’s population is ninety-two percent white, 3 percent Hispanic, and 1 percent black, according to recent Census data.

What do you think about the theatre’s decision to pull the plug on the production?

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Do you think it was a good move? Or do you think it was unneccesary?