Students from the Independence High School chapter of the National American Sign Language Honor Society (ASLHS) will be narrating in ASL for the North Point Ballet company.
North Point approached Independence’s ASLHS to make their latest production of “The Wizard of Oz” more accessible to people of all abilities. Ten IHS seniors in either American Sign Language III or Honors American Sign Language IV classes volunteered to narrate in ASL for the upcoming shows in May. The languages will be provided simultaneously, English narrators will voice as ASLHS members sign the story.
Senior volunteers include society president Grant Sears, secretary Allison Steinbrenner, Treasurer Lexie Lieu, senior officer Gabbi Carlucci, Robby Somrak, Kyle Zygmunt, Skylar Leichliter, Macy McNamara, Maria Bellitto and Sophie George.
Independence American Sign Language teacher Meg Popa said, “I’m so proud of their desire to be allies with the Deaf community and their work toward bridging the communication gap.”
In preparation, students rehearsed the introductions to each scene of the ballet by pairing up with a voice narrator and signing their English narrations in American Sign Language.
Students will interpret the five spring performances of the show happening May 13-15 at the Lorain Palace Theater on Broadway Avenue in Lorain.
North Point Ballet’s mission is to make classical ballet more accessible to everyone in the community. The company offers ballet performances throughout Northeast Ohio and educational workshops for those who may not have a learning opportunity in the arts.
Left to right back Grant Sears, Robby Somrak, Kyle Zygmunt, Maria Bellitto
Left to right front Allison Steinbrenner, Lexie Lieu, Sophie George, Skylar Leichliter, Gabbi Carlucci, Macy McNamara