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Performing Arts

performing arts masks iconDeaf theater is a very special way in which deaf actors and actresses can express stories using their own language, Sign Language. A play performed in Sign Language can be very different than a play using spoken language. Placement of the props, the actors and how the lines are delivered all have to be taken into consideration so that the audience can follow what is happening in the play.

Here are some links to clips from the American School for the Deaf production, "The Journey of 1,000 miles Begins With One Deaf Child, Alice".


Video: Alice and Gallaudet

See how Alice learns how to spell her name. Note the placement of the actors on the stage.




Video: Narrator and Actors

Notice how the narrator is included into the scene to introduce the charactors and to explain what will happen.