For most of us, a night at the theater is about what we hear, in addition to what we see and how the performance makes us feel. But imagine coming to see a play or a Broadway musical - and not being able to hear the actors' dialogue or the music behind a big dance number.
The Kentucky Center Access Services department coordinates American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for many of the performances on our stages as a free service to our patrons.
WDRB recently featured this video on their website, focusing on captivating ASL theatrical interpreter Kelli Sanchez. Sanchez spends hours learning about each new production, practicing her signing as well as rehearsing facial expressions and body language, in order to enhance the audience's understanding and enjoyment of the performance they are watching.
Sanchez says her interest in learning to sign grew out of making friends with a group of hearing impaired students when she was in the fourth grade.
To learn more about The Kentucky Center's free Access Services for people with hearing, mobility and vision loss, contact the Access Services Hotline (502.562.0111) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kentucky Center provides Access Services for select performances in our main building (501 W. Main), the Brown Theatre on Broadway, and at Actors Theatre of Louisville.