A theater in Minnesota suddenly canceled its very own Cinderella production because it felt that its cast was just too white.
With critics calling it you’re not so average fairy tale ending, the suburban theater company that is based in Minnesota spoke about how it was forced to cancel the Cinderella production since the cast was just too white for their liking.
Identified as the Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, the company spoke about how it planned on staging Roger and Hammerstein’s classic play that is loved by so many people across the board. The play was scheduled to be showcased sometime later this year. However, the director scrapped the show only this week, shocking so many people.
Moreover, the reason stated by the director also went about raising plenty of eyebrows when he slammed the show for displaying a lack of racial diversity, as reported by twincities.com.
The theater’s director, who is Michael Brindisi, mentioned how 98% of the cast is white. And this particular piece of news was confirmed by one of the actors on Wednesday. In the same way, the director also spoke about how the majority of white members didn’t fall in line with the show’s main idea or focus. “That simply does not work with what we are saying that we are going to do,” the director boldly exclaimed.
On the other hand, the director also spoke about how he did consider recasting. But instead, he opted to incorporate a self-inflicted spin upon the so-called ‘cancel culture.’ Therefore, he chose to scrap this and begin fresh, using a clean slate.
Now, the production company has reportedly hired a diversity consultant, where its prime focus revolves around becoming a much anti-racist theater that indulges to indulge upon ‘identity conscious casting’ methods.
In a recent statement to the press, the company mentioned, “After careful consideration alongside our ongoing commitment towards the idea of inclusion, equity, as well as diversity, we have made a very clear decision about canceling our upcoming production.”