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Aladdin for Deaf Audiences

The Smith Opera House presents ALADDIN, live on stage, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

This musical version, based on the classic story from THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, is produced by Cleveland Signstage Theatre and is presented simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English. The production features a combined cast of deaf and hearing actors. Set in ancient China, this version of ALADDIN is inspired by the Chinese theater with elements from the Peking Opera.

ALADDIN is the story of a poor boy, a beautiful princess, a large genie and a very small lamp. Aladdin is a poor deaf boy who accidentally crosses paths with Mei Ling, the beautiful princess of China. He instantly falls in love with her but he is deaf and Mei Ling can hear. She falls in love with Aladdin too but knows that her father would never accept him. An evil magician tricks Aladdin into helping him retrieve a magic lamp and his adventures begin. Throughout his journey, Aladdin is tested, challenged, takes many risks and with the help of a magical genie, emerges victorious. He learns of his own strengths and weaknesses as well as of the responsibilities he has to himself and to those around him.

In this production, Cleveland Signstage Theatre adds a cultural twist to Aladdin¹s adventures. While taking the audience on Aladdin's escapades, Signstage educates them as well. Hearing audiences are treated to an introduction to deaf culture, while deaf audiences enjoy a rare production in their native language – American Sign Language.

Each character in the show comes to life both through the hand and the voice and the stage is visually filled with the graceful movement of hands and bodies. Every word is spoken to ensure that all audiences don¹t miss a thing. It's a magical blend created by performing a play in two languages at the same time. Signstage is one of only a few professional theaters in the United States that feature deaf and hearing actors on stage in every production.

Cleveland Signstage Theatre was founded in 1975 by one deaf and one hearing actor. In addition to its award-winning youth programming, Signstage also presents Mainstage productions and residency programming in Cleveland and throughout the country. Its programming reaches more than 150,000 people of all ages every year.

The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1 866-355-LIVE for tickets or additional information.

The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of
Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters. This show is partially underwritten by the Lyons National Bank.