Deaf Side Story: Deaf Sharks, Hearing Jets, and a Classic American Musical
Mark RigneyISBN: 1563681455;
Book DescriptionThe 1957 classic American musical "West Side Story" has been staged by countless community and school theater groups, but none more ambitious than the 2000 production by MacMurray College, a small school in Jacksonville, Illinois. Diane Brewer, the new drama head at the college, determined to add an extra element to the usual demands of putting on a show by having deaf students perform half of the parts. "Deaf Side Story" presents a fascinating narrative of Brewer and the cast's efforts to mount this challenging play. Brewer turned to the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) to cast the Sharks, the Puerto Rican gang at odds with the Anglo Jets in this musical version of "Romeo and Juliet" set in the slums of New York. Hearing performersauditioned to be the Jets, and once Brewer had cast her hearing Tony and deaf Maria, then came the challenge of teaching them all to sing/sign and dance the riveting show numbers for which the musical is renowned. She also had to...
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