That is an incouraging note, but I think to use a work such as "othello"- where race issues within the story are the main focus- to show discomfort with using dancers of a certain race isn't quite right. I don't think that dancers HAVE to be put in roles according to their race, especially if they are great actors. But the style, or the way in which the chinese dancers in the nutcracker are introduced and made to dance makes it completely believable, despite the race of the performers. That in itself is not an integral part to fthe theme of that show. I think that that is perfectly fine to use dancers of any race to play othello, but one may not as well understand the extreme conflict that barbantio has with he and desdemona marrying if there is no racial difference between them. I don't want to cause any further issue, but I just had to make that point, even though i have NO OBJECTION to crossing racial lines within shows AT ALL. But I think that it is a little funny that people misconstrue the true race of characters when having issues with casting, such as the black jesus in that church. But, I believe that I am getting into a sensitive subject that has more to do with religious opinion, so I won't say more about that. <BR> That does make one think, though, about the impression one gets of characters. For instance, in the broadway version of "Aida", were the egyptians cast with white people because that is what they saw as egyptian, or because they were disregarding racial lines? Not to say that they should just go about looking only for light-skinned black people to play those roles, but that makes me think.<BR> And now my disclaimer:<BR> This is only based on the little knowledge that I have on these shows and subjects, I don't think that I know too much about any of it, that's just he impression tha tI get. (I'm not a racist, in short!