Sign Language at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre

“I love you” in American Sign Language - photo by Matt Seppings

I saw sign language interpreter Joyce Ellinger in the lobby of the Indianapolis Civic Theatre last Thursday night.  We were both waiting to see “Little Shop of Horrors.”

I have long admired Ellinger’s signing of programs offered by Storytelling Arts of Indiana.  I was glad to hear that she and her colleagues will again be signing for the Hoosier Storytelling Festival, coming up October 8-11, 2008.

I was delighted to hear that she and her colleagues are now also working with the Indianapolis Civic Theatre.  Ellinger was going to watch that night’s performance of “Little Shop” on a monitor backstage in order to practice signing it for the Saturday night performance.

Later, I asked Civic’s director of marketing, Ulrike Steinert, for more information.  She told me that Civic is “now working with Interpreting Services, Inc. to provide a signed performance of every mainstage show.  These are typically the last Saturday of the run (except for the holiday show The Wizard of Oz.)”

Steinert also gave me a list of scheduled interpreted performances during the 2008-2009 season at Civic:

Golda’s Balcony – November 15, 2008

The Wizard of Oz – December 27, 2008

Enchanted April – February 14, 2009

West Side Story – March 28, 2009

Twentieth Century – May 16, 2009

I really admire the Indianapolis Civic Theatre for offering this!

Hope Baugh –

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