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Walking on Sunshine

ESBOCES Provides a Theater Performance for Deaf, Hard of Hearing Students


 Sunshine Theater Group performers in action


The ESBOCES itinerant teachers of the deaf recently brought some theater into the lives of their deaf and hard-of-hearing students by hosting an event starring the Sunshine 2.0 Theater Group. The performance was presented in voice and in American Sign Language (ASL), and was about the environment, pollution, and the greenhouse effect. The Sunshine 2.0 Theater Group is a professional traveling theater troupe based at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The troupe provides performances and activities for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults that highlight the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, as well as educational topics pertaining to the deaf experience. The performance was held in the conference room at ISC and was free to all of the students who receive ESBOCES hearing services and their families.


The troupe geared the performance to students of all ages since the audience included students from elementary through high school. Said Laurie Adamo, an ESBOCES itinerant teacher of the deaf, “The performance was fabulous and energetic. The songs were also in ASL and there was audience participation. We had a great turnout and would love to have them back again.”