Dream come true

Theater in North Carolina casts their first black Cinderella

After 30 years of staging Cinderella, Raleigh Little Theatre in North Carolina has cast a black actress in the leading role for the first time. Destiny Diamond McNeill, a 22-year-old senior at North Carolina State University who aspires to one day be on Broadway, says she’s excited “to bring a new look for girls who look like me in the audience who have never seen that before.” Patrick Torres, the theater’s artistic director, says that the role choice wasn’t racially motivated but “because she was the best choice for the role.” So far response from the university community and beyond has only been positive, according to the theater’s executive director. McNeill says she was inspired by Misty Copeland, the first black woman to be a ballet principal dancer, and hopes that she herself can be an inspiration for other black women who want to take the stage.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.


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