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Community theater cancels shows after concerns over casting

Sep 22, 2022, 7:00 PM

The Old Barn Community Theatre...

In a statement The Old Barn Community Theatre said they have cancelled their production of "The King and I." (The Old Barn Community Theatre via Facebook)

(The Old Barn Community Theatre via Facebook)

FIELDING, Utah — A community theater in Box Elder County has canceled its production of “The King and I” after complaints about the cast.

The Old Barn Community Theatre in Fielding posted on their Facebook page today that they canceled because they received concerns that no Asian-Americans were playing the Asian characters.

The director of the show posted that no Asian-Americans auditioned for the show. Still, the theatre moved forward, saying it hoped to portray Asian culture with “respect and consideration.”

The theater issued a statement today apologizing, saying that its choice in play was wrong. Moving forward, the theater says it will choose shows with casts that can better reflect the performers who audition.

“The King and I” was to run from Sept. 30 through mid-October.

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