An upcoming production of the popular children’s story Cinderella has been canceled due to concerns of “too much whiteness.”
“The cast was 98 percent white. That no longer works with what we’re trying to do.” the artistic director of the production said.
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Minnesota, who planned to hold the production, has made the decision to scrap the show altogether. The Dinner Theater will run a production of Footloose instead.
“We have an ongoing commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, so Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has decided to fully cancel our upcoming production of Cinderalla,” the company revealed in a statement.
Noticing the lack of diversity in the show, Chanhassen agreed to recast the performance. Instead, the company opted to punish theater-goers and “scrap this and start fresh with a clean slate.”
This “fresh start” will allow the theater company to focus on casting more actors of color, from all walks of life and all backgrounds, a commitment they made after George Floyd’s death last year.
To prepare for their 2022 production of Footloose, the theater company hired a ‘diversity coach’ to help devise a strategy to change how future productions work.
The company’s production of Footloose will debut sometime in 2022.
Author: Mitchell Alvarez