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King and I and Millie ?

  • 1.  King and I and Millie ?

    Posted 08-25-2020 09:46
    The high school musical program I direct for does not have very many minority students. Out of every 20 white students we have 2 minorities. Given today's environment, what are your thoughts on presenting King & I and Millie? 
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  • 2.  RE: King and I and Millie ?

    Posted 08-25-2020 11:11
    I wouldn't do it. If you can't properly represent the racial makeup of the cast, it's not a good fit.

    Shelly Work

  • 3.  RE: King and I and Millie ?

    Posted 08-25-2020 16:14
    What Shelly said. I wouldn't do Millie regardless of what cast I had, but that's been discussed on other threads.

    Ken Buswell
    Drama Teacher
    Peachtree City, GA

    Theater kills ignorance

  • 4.  RE: King and I and Millie ?

    Posted 08-26-2020 11:45
    This should be in EdTA workshops for detailed discussion WITH reps from the production rights companies that market these shows to high schools. It's why I haven't ventured to do Hair Spray (and there are no glaring minority stereo-types there), but I don't have enough Caucasians. Have had SO many conversations with students about this very topic over the years. Their answers are different now than they were 5-10 years ago. I think this is an important theatre conversation that should be front and center. One possible question to pose: Can any of these musicals be presented as part of a conversation on race? Study guide accompanying it for students AND audience? After performance Q&A with audience?.... just brainstorming here.

    Rosemary M. Milsap
    Cedar Shoals HS
    Director, Cedar Theatre
    706-546-5375 ext.21321

  • 5.  RE: King and I and Millie ?

    Posted 08-28-2020 12:32
    For those interested, EdTA will be hosting a webinar related to this topic October 15:

    Color Conscious Casting led by Lindsay Kujawa of RE:Theatre

    I'd also be remiss not to point out that these are great, fitting discussion questions for the community to explore during the EdTA National Conference: Future-Proof Your Theatre Program, happening virtually September 12-13. It's free for members this year and $129 for non-members (which includes a one-year membership). Many licensing companies will be participating and available to speak with one on one.

    Allison Dolan
    Chief Content Officer
    Educational Theatre Association
    Cincinnati OH