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Dinner theater drops 'Cinderella' with mostly white cast

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Posted at 8:16 PM, Mar 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-26 20:16:13-04

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis dinner theater has scrapped plans for a production of "Cinderella" because the cast was mostly white and it didn't fit with its efforts to become more diverse.

Instead of putting on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres will make its next production "Footloose."

The theater company cited its "ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion" in making the move.

Artistic director Michael Brindisi says the cast did not align with its work toward equity and inclusivity because it was 98% white.

Brindisi says he considered recasting but ultimately decided to "start fresh with a clean slate."

Brindisi said he realized it was time to “change our culture and make us more diverse" after George Floyd's death last year, The Associated Press reported.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the theater company hired a diversity consultant.