One parent at Cicero-North Syracuse High School is crying foul that there are no black students in leading roles in “The Wiz” school musical. You will recall “The Wiz” was the black adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.”
“Are there no talented African American students at C-NS?” Letrice Titus asked. “Was there any outreach to the African American students in the school? Why didn’t the school just do The Wizard of Oz?”
These are the questions that Titus will bring to the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education tonight. She also has the support of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Preston Fagan, local NAACP chapter president, will accompany Titus to the meeting.
Titus brought her concerns to the musical director, Caryn Patterson, and school officials last month. Titus said she felt that the North Syracuse Central School District dismissed her concerns. Titus’ daughter, Kierrah Titus, tried out for a leading role and was selected as a member of the ensemble, but dropped out of the play.
“I’m not just a parent upset that my daughter didn’t get a role,” Letrice Titus said. “I think it’s wrong.” Source
“The Wiz,” which was made into a movie starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Mabel King and Richard Pryor, is described by IMDb as “an adaption of “The Wizard of Oz” that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience.”
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