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Southern Tier Tuesdays: Theater for the Deaf Program

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(WBNG) -- The Catholic School students of Broome County are learning two skills: American Sign Language and theater performance.

The Theater for the Deaf Program is one of a kind in Broome County, allowing deaf and hearing impaired individuals to attend or perform in theater performances alongside their peers.

The actors and singers sign for all of the music in the show. When the actors are speaking, an interpreter stands beside them, allowing the audience members who are deaf or hearing impaired to watch the full program, instead of having to look off to the side at an interpreter.

The director of theater for this program, Shannon DeAngelo, says that this allows everyone to opens students and faculty to a whole new community which then leads to new friends.

With the $2,000 grant from Upstate Shredding, they will do more workshops with the children, trainers, interpreters, and educators.

For more information, visit their website, call 607-723-1547, or email

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