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Kent-Trumbull offers free theater workshops

Actor / director James “Joey” Caverly will host free theaters workshops Saturday and Sept. 28 at Kent State University at Trumbull in Champion.

Caverly appeared on Broadway in “Children of a Lesser God” and on the television series “Chicago Med.” He is directing Kent-Trumbull’s production of “See No Beast, Hear No Beast, Speak No Beast,” which opens Oct. 18.

The play is loosely based on “Beauty and the Beast” but also chronicles the battle between those who promoted sign language and those who promoted oralism (lipreading and speech) for the deaf. The production will involve students and members of the community, deaf and hearing, signers and signing-impaired.

Caverly will lead two workshops each of the next two Saturdays.

“Deaf Theatre: The History and Methods” will cover the cultural significance of deaf theater, using examples from history and sharing the ways it differs from a traditional hearing production. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Kent-Trumbull Auditorium.

“ASL Translation for the Stage” is strictly for American sign language users and will teach participants the tools necessary for translating text into ASL. The workshop, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the student union, will be helpful for interpreters in stage productions and for those who want to hone their ASL skills.

“Visual-Gesture Communication” will teach such non-verbal techniques as gestures, body language, facial expressions and pantomime for expressing emotion. Participants will develop confidences to interact with members of the deaf community or those who speak in a foreign language. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 in the student union.

“Acting for the Stage” will help participants build fundamental acting skills by understanding conflict and action, personalizing material to make a performance one’s own, building a stage relationship with partners and honing improvisation skills. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Kent-Trumbull auditorium.

Interpreters will be provided for all of the programs except “ASL Translation for the Stage.”

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