The Color of the Play
Race-Blind Casting Causes School Woes
A private school near Baltimore won raves for its production this spring of a musical based on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . But its race-blind casting has complicated its tale of success.
The Critics and Awards Program for High School Theater, better known as the Cappies, bestowed three top awards on Glenelg Country School’s “Big River.” The cast featured an African-American actor as Huck and a white actor as Jim, the runaway slave.
The Cappies sought permission for the two lead actors to sing “Muddy Waters,” a song from the show, on C-SPAN’s “Close Up” show May 20, and at a regional...
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- Round Rock ISD, Round Rock, TX
- Christ the King Preparatory School, NJ
- Regional Area Partner
- Focus EduVation, US
- Amargosa Valley Elementary School, Amargosa Valley, NV
- Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
- Roanoke City Public Schools, Roanoke, VA