Earlier this week, we talked about the newest musical production to open at Disney California Adventure – Frozen: Live at the Hyperion Theater. It’s a huge show with a giant projection screen, an Olaf puppet, huge Sven puppet, plus Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and a large cast. The show is pretty amazing all on it’s own, but if you go back and look at photos of the cast, you’ll notice that Disneyland entertainment color-blind cast the production. That means, a diversity of people will be seen in all roles in the show, not just the supporting ones.
This is a great move from David Duffy, who is the Director of creative entertainment for the Disneyland Resort and the Frozen musical’s director Liesl Tommy. Diversity in entertainment can be a controversial issue, but Disney is known for pushing boundaries and it’s great to see that continue here too.
From photos and videos of the production we know that Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Oaken, and the Duke of Weselton were all cast according to talent and not the color of their skin.
This is not the first color-blind cast for Disney, even at Hyperion theater, when Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular opened with a diverse cast including non-traditional casting. Of course Disney Theatrical has been involved in color-blind casting for years including Toni Braxton as Belle in Beauty and the Beast in 1998. More recently, the Newsies casts have been notable for their diversity as well.
Colorblind casting gives diverse people a chance to see themselves in roles that previously were imagined only for more dominant cultures and peoples. Are you ready to see more color-blind casting throughout the Disney company?
For more on the making of Frozen – Live at the Hyperion check out LaughingPlace.com’s interview with the show’s creators.