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Controversy over play in North Syracuse School District

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NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- In addition to the budget, one parent voiced her concerns about a play taking place at the North Syracuse School District.

Letrice Titus says in casting for “The Wiz,” no African American students were chosen for lead or supporting roles. The original production, created in 1978, is based on the Wizard of Oz and had an all black cast.

Titus says her child and other students who are just as talented as the others were put in the ensemble.

"There was no collaboration, there was no effort, there was no intention on making the cast diverse," Titus said.

"I'm definitely going to listen to what my students have to say and then we'll engage in further conversations about what we can do differently to address some of the concerns," Superintendent Kim Dyce Faucette said.

An alumni spoke at the meeting, defending the program, saying casting has always been based on talent.

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