The Human Experience in the Theatre

The Human Experience in the Theatre

In an age so defined by labels, the crises of the world, and when someone’s identity can be a box or a ballroom, it’s easy to get lost in how the world sees you. It’s harder to lose yourself to a character, a script, a show. In the current climate in America, identity is everything, who you are in other’s eyes predetermines how you move through this world, the barriers you have to break, and the doors that swing open when they sense your arrival.

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School District Bans 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' After Protests at High School Performance

School District Bans 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' After Protests at High School Performance

Last weekend, over 40 Chinese-American protesters gathered in front of Huntington High School opposing the school’s performance of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. The group stated that the musical is racist against Chinese people. In response, the Long Island school’s Superintendent has announced that the show will never be performed in the district again.

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Dear Community Theatres, Stop Racially Segregating Your Seasons

Dear Community Theatres, Stop Racially Segregating Your Seasons

A couple of years ago, I got into it with a president of a local community theatre. I had started to notice that their six show season always consisted of five shows with either all-white casts or leads with one show being predominantly diverse with Black, Asian or Latinx roles. For example, their year would be Legally Blonde, Death of a Salesman, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hairspray/In the Heights/The King and I.

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Looking at Tokenism on Broadway

Looking at Tokenism on Broadway

Hopefully at this point, we all agree that minorities are underrepresented in media. People of color deserve to be represented. However, this very public and debated issue of minority casting has created a whole new controversy of its own: tokenism. Tokenism defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “actions that are the ​resul​t ​of pretendin​g to give advantag​e to those group​s in society who are often treated ​​unfairly​, in order to give the ​appearance​ of fairness​.”

This implies that people of color are being written/cast with intent of creating a safe appearance of diversity. Of course, this means that more characters are being created for people of color in entertainment, but not out of respect for their abilities or talents, but simply for their superficial value to the media. 

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A New Character Shoe is Celebratrating Diversity with One Giant Step

A New Character Shoe is Celebratrating Diversity with One Giant Step

In early June, LaDuca Shoes launched their new “cinnamon shoe,” a darker shade of their signature, sought-after character heels—a staple of Broadway performers, Radio City Rockettes, Knicks City Dancers, and celebrities like Laverne Cox and Katy Perry.  Black and beige were the previous “standard” shades for character shoes.  Dancers of color either settled for these two stock colors or painted their shoes to better match their skin tones.  Finally, the dancewear industry is starting to change their ways. 

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A Los Angeles Theatre Announced Their Cast for "Little Shop" and the Internet is not having it

A Los Angeles Theatre Announced Their Cast for "Little Shop" and the Internet is not having it

Yesterday, a Los Angeles county based theatre company announced their cast for their upcoming production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

While the Mogran-Wixson Theatre didn’t say which actors were playing which roles, let’s just say the cast lacks what you would usually see in most productions of the show.

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