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Smith Opera House Presents National Theatre of the Deaf’s The Giving Tree And Other Stories Live On Stage

The Little Theatre of the Deaf, the Tony-Award winning children's theatre wing of the National Theatre of the Deaf presents The Giving Tree and Other Stories on Tuesday, March 9, at 10 a.m. and noon at the Smith Opera House in Geneva. Presented as part of The Smith’s ArtSmart Theatre for Young People series, this innovative theatre company offers a mesmerizing introduction to the literature of live theatre with a message that is seen, heard, and most importantly, remembered.

The Giving Tree and Other Stories is a 50-minute program that will entertain elementary school-aged audiences and their families. The performance begins with an introduction that acquaints the audience with American Sign Language and teaches them words that they can sign. Next, the company performs a variety of stories that use the words from the introduction. The audience sees the words they've just learned used in context, and they understand more fully how much fun it is to watch stories performed in American Sign Language.

The Giving Tree is the centerpiece of our performance. “Once there was a tree… and she loved a little boy.” So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written by the gifted Shel Silverstein. NTD celebrates its 35th Anniversary by performing this tender story that offers the gift of giving, and of unconditional love that the New York Times called “the most rewarding kids’ show in town.”

Concluding the performance is the interactive improvisational piece Your Game. The Little Theatre of the Deaf first performed this acclaimed piece back in 1969, and it has been a much loved segment of LTD performances ever since.

The Little Theatre of the Deaf combines Sign Language and spoken words to create a unique visual language which one critic described as “poetry for the eye and ear.” The actors can make a lion roar, a tree bend and the sun rise, all in the palms of their hands. The magic of the LTD is in its remarkable ability to inform and entertain at the same time. The LTD performs original works, classic stories, fables and poems. The intimacy afforded by this smaller company makes literature come alive – in sign and spoken word – for its youngest audiences. The Little Theatre of the Deaf sculpts words and meanings in the air through Sign Language, and blends them with spoken word. You see and hear every word.

The Giving Tree and Other Stories, recommended for grades K-4, will be presented at 10 a.m. and noon at the Smith Opera House on Tuesday, March 9. All seats are $4.50. Early reservations are recommended. Call The Smith box office at 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll free 866-355-LIVE (5483) for more information or to reserve seats.

The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The ArtSmart Theatre for Young People series is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and by Lyons National Bank.