Montreal’s first American Sign Language theatre, Seeing Voices Montreal, will be putting on an adaptation of The Little Mermaid in May.
Founded as a student-run club at McGill in 2012, its mission is to raise awareness about the deaf through performing arts, education and community interactions.
A group of volunteers will perform a play in sign language as well as spoken English to a family-oriented audience. “Our organization aims to break down communication barriers by fostering collaborative work between deaf and hearing people,” says Jack Volpe, writer and director of the plays at Seeing Voices Montreal. Volpe has also been teaching sign language at the Mackay Rehabilitation Centre since 2011.
The Little Mermaid explores themes of self-identity. “I welcome families to come discover the mysterious world of Atlantis and the fascinating deaf culture,” says Volpe.
The play will run May 21 to 23 at the F.C. Smith Auditorium at Concordia University’s Loyola campus, 7141 Sherbrooke St. W. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. On May 23, there will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. Adults $18, students/seniors $15, 13 and under $13.
For more information, visit seeingvoicesmontreal.com