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Theatre for the Blind

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and witf Host | Jul 24, 2013 9:57 AM
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 Live theatres in the area are offering performances of their productions made accessible to blind or vision-impaired audience members. The Fulton Theatre in Lancaster and Dreamwrights Youth and Family Theatre in York both schedule performances which employ an audio describer. Patrons with vision difficulties can pick up an individual headset before the show and listen to a running narration of the action and visual elements of the play.

 

Many of the productions also provide a backstage touch-tour for vision-impaired patrons before the show begins. Audience members get a chance to feel props and costumes as they are described for them, and move about the sets.

Both The Fulton and Dreamwrights list the schedule of their audio description performances on their websites.

The equipment used is provided to the theatres free by VSA Pennsylvania, the state organization on arts and disability.  The equipment is available free to any theatre in the area for this use. Jennifer Ridgway is Director of Education & Outreach at the Fulton Theatre, and she can be contacted by theatres wishing to use the equipment for their own productions.  The only requirement is that prospective audio describers complete a period of training to learn how to narrate the action effectively for the vision-impaired.

Below you can hear our feature on these performances.

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