We are honored to be hosting The HeArd, whose actors will be signing our Thursday Dec. 1st, 7:30 p.m. performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This is a tradition of ours since Fall, 2003 that we are proud offer to once again. We are offering select seating in front of The HeArd performers to the members of the deaf community for the Thursday, Dec. 1st performance.
The HeArd Interpreters performing during our 2015 performance of Scrooge
The HeArd, a program of Theatrical Interpreting Services of Cleveland, Inc., is a body of professional sign language interpreters who serve the TISC, Inc. mission by providing high-quality creative sign language interpretation to the public performing arts of Northeast Ohio.
Some FAQs about this performance include:
- Why are you doing an ASL interpreted performance of the show?
It is Near West Theatre’s hope to engage all people in the power of performing arts. Providing performances geared towards individuals who may not have the opportunity to enjoy live theater due to certain disabilities, sense limitations, etc. is very important to us and aligns with our mission. Near West Theatre has had the privilege of being able to provide an interpreted performance for the deaf during the holiday season since 2003.
- If I am not deaf, can I still attend this performance?
YES! A section of the audience is reserved for members of the deaf community to ensure that they will be able to see the actors who will be signing the performance. The other seats are available to the other patrons in attendance for that evening’s performance.
- Will the actors who are interpreting the performance be on the stage? Will it be distracting?
The actors who are signing will not be on the stage, but rather in front of the stage on the floor, to the left as you face the stage. They will not be in front of any action so it should not be distracting, but they will definitely be visible to all. Over the years, we have heard many people speak to the excitement and fun that the evening provides. It’s almost like seeing 2 shows for the price of 1!
- Are only a certain amount of tickets available to those who are not deaf or vice versa?
There are no limits to the number of tickets available for patrons who will not be viewing the performance in the section designated for the deaf. We hope to have a great turnout from individuals who will benefit from a production like this, but we will not be limiting the house. For now at least 30 seats have been reserved for members of the deaf community.
- Will this be the only ASL interpreted performance this season?
YES. Near West Theatre provides an ASL interpreted performance one time each fall. There is only one, so make sure to take advantage now!
Specialty seating in front of The HeArd performers for those in the deaf community will be provided. To purchase specialty seating for The HeArd performance please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ticket request.
Tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are on sale NOW! Give our box office a call at 216-961-6391 from 11am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Or you can purchase online HERE 24/7. Reserved Star Seat tickets are $25; General Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.