CenterLight Sign & Voice Theatre

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CenterLight Sign & Voice Theatre started in 1974 with a production of "The Wizard of Oz," in which a young Marlee Matlin, now a recognized film star, played the role of Dorothy. The theater company was founded to give hearing impaired children and adults an opportunity to work in theater. CenterLight became a professional company eight years ago and has mounted musicals that include "Hello, Dolly!," "The Glass Menagerie," "The Diary of Anne Frank," and "Godspell," which won the 1996 After Dark award. The theater group performs all its shows in "coordinated sign and voice," which means that all the plays are understandable to the hard of hearing and hearing audience members. This is accomplished by having two actors, one signing and one voicing, who work together to create one character.