ASL Club to participate in upcoming PTCO fair, two performances

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The ASL Club has many upcoming events. These include two ASL-interpreted performances and a fair. Also, some weekly events are continuing.

There are two upcoming ASL-interpreted performances, both on this Sunday. Allison “Ali” Dunn, club member and sophomore, said the performances are very visual. All talking is replaced with ASL, and although sound exists, it isn’t usually out of the ordinary. “Deaf performances are a really good way to go out and meet new people in the deaf community,” she said.

One performance is “Rabbit Hole,” which will be at the Indiana Repertory Theater at 2 p.m. on the main stage, 140 W. Washington St. For ticket information, call (317) 635-5252. The show is about a well-off family trying to deal with the death of their 4-year old boy. It is to be interpreted by Randy Nicolai and Cathy Coveyln.

The other performance is “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” part of the Broadway Series at Clowes Hall, W. 46th St. and Sunset. It will be at 6:30 p.m. with interpreters Joyce Ellinger and Carrie Westhoelter. The play is about an inventor who turns an ordinary car into a magical one and the adventures his family has with it. Ticket information will be available at (317) 632-5182.

The Parent Teacher Counselor Organization (PTCO) is having an ASL fair on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1200 E. 42nd St. in Indianapolis.

“This is a big deaf fair right next to the State Fairgrounds. It’s open and anyone can go and have fun. Bring your brothers and sisters,” Joseph Wheeler, ASL Club sponsor and teacher, said via translator.

Since ASL students will need to attend a deaf culture event before May 8, this would be a good one for them.

The fair will have many booths selling tools for deaf people. Things include video phones and doorbells with flashing lights. Many common objects have sound replaced with lights that flash or items that vibrate.

Out of the weekly events, deaf churches still continue. Club members can visit the church, Creekside, on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. However, deaf bowling has ended.

“I’m gonna go [to the PTCO fair] and bring some friends,” Dunn said. “It’s gonna be really fun.”

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