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April 30, 2013 > Deaf actors dazzle deaf students and general public

Deaf actors dazzle deaf students and general public

Submitted By Julie Rems-Smario

The California School for the Deaf (CSD) is hosting School Matinee, inviting Deaf and hard-of-hearing students from mainstream schools in northern California to attend "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," a performance in American Sign Language (ASL) April 30 and May 1.

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (adapted by Time Kelly, Pioneer Drama Service) will be performed in the Klopping Theater, at the California School for the Deaf. There is no admission charge for the mainstream school students. The performance will run about 90 minutes; students are then invited to lunch on campus.

Director of the play, David O. Reynolds, is thrilled to do his first theatrical production for the California School for the Deaf. He directed several plays at other schools, including Indiana School for the Deaf when he worked with its bilingual program. Deaf children also affectionately know Reynolds as Dr. Wonder from "Dr. Wonder's Workshop," a universally-accessible, nationally syndicated half-hour program than incorporates moral and character development problem-solving skills into everyday situations at home work and school. This show has collected fans of all ages.

Based on the 1900 novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, this story became one of the best known films of all time, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1939, notable for its use of special effects with Technicolor. It has since become part of American popular culture.

"It is always wonderful to have Deaf and Hard of Hearing students from other schools come here to watch our spring plays every year. It is not often that they have the opportunity to see other students like themselves giving a full performance in the language they use. I have received letters from some of these students telling me how much they loved the plays," said Ethan Bernstein, CSD Dean of Student Life.

General admission showings will be Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. These showings will all be voice interpreted. Tickets for the public can be purchased in person at CSD Administration Building (#18) during business hours or via PayPal at Tickets are $12; $8 for children up to 17 years old; and May 2 is College Discount Night, $8 with Student ID. Cash, personal check, and PayPal only.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
May 2 - 4
Thursday and Friday: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
California School for the Deaf
Klopping Theater
39350 Gallaudet Drive, Fremont
(510) 794-3666 (voice)
(510) 344-6044 (videophone)
Tickets: $8 - $12

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