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May 7, 2013 > 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' dazzles audiences

'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' dazzles audiences

Submitted By Julie Rems-Smario

On April 30th and May 1st, the California School for the Deaf invited Deaf and hard -of-hearing students from mainstream schools in Northern California to attend CSD's Annual High School Play, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a performance in American Sign Language (ASL). There was no admission charge for the mainstream schools students. The students had lunch and mini campus tours afterwards.

During March and April, JAC Cook, CSD Educational Consultant, visited the mainstream schools to familiarize the Deaf students with the play's storyline. This American classic is 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 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.

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