Taking the stage: Students demand change to IHS show casting

Back in September, Ithaca High School announced that the performing arts program would be putting on the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on the original book by Victor Hugo with music from the Disney movie. But after the announcement of the chosen cast, the show was thrown into the spotlight for what has become the controversial casting choice for the female lead, Esmerelda. The choice to cast a white female student as Esmerelda led a number of other Ithaca High School students to write two letters to the editor to Tompkins Weekly, published on Jan. 8, about what they say is “whitewashing” of the show.

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