by Chelle George-Wyatt
Every now and then I’m reminded how small the hard of hearing world is. Volunteering with both HLAA and the SWC, I’ve managed to come across a good many people. One has a good contact somewhere which we generously share with each other and that is slowly but surely building our hard of hearing culture. Someone knows someone who knows someone and before we know it, we’re all hooked up which how we wound up with a captioned play at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio for the SayWhatClub convention on May 14th.
The SayWhatClub convention is proud announce Newsies, a Disney Musical, will be captioned at the Majestic Theater thanks to Turner Reporting and Captioning Services.
It started when captionist, Vicki Turner of Turner Reporting and Captioning Services, went to New Zealand for vacation and thanks to Facebook she had a loose connection there within the hard of hearing community. Robyn, a SWC member, welcomed Vicki into her country and her home. While together, Robyn talked about the our convention and somehow an idea formed for a captioned play in San Antonio. I’m guessing Vicki remembered me mentioning the SWC convention in November when she was in Salt Lake to caption the play How the Grinch Stole Christmas. While in New Zealand, she emailed my boss to ask how to get in touch with me, my boss forwarded the email to me and Vicki offered to donate her services to help make this happen. I forwarded the information to the convention committee and Pat got on task. Together Vicki and Pat worked with the Majestic to make it happen and that’s how we came to have a play captioned for our attendees. From Nevada to New Zealand to Utah and then onto San Antonio in May. What a wonderful accessible opportunity we have at our convention thanks to Vicki, Pat and the Majestic theater.
The Majestic Theater was built in 1929 in a Spanish Mediterranean Style. During the 80’s and 90’s there was $9 million renovation and stage expansion and there are 2,264 seats available. They have a section for us with discounted tickets at $34 with 15 seats available. They have another section saved for us in front of the symphony for $76. Tickets must be bought by April 24th and we will discuss this more when the convention email list opens for attendees.
Newsies is a Disney musical based on a paperboy strike in New York in 1899. The newspaper cost increases to the delivery boys who are mainly orphaned kids. The kids rally and go on strike butting heads with the police. Their story makes the front page of the newspaper. A girl becomes involved, the boys create their own newspaper and that’s all I’ll say for now.
We will post some of the other activities being offered around the convention in San Antonio soon. Today, March 15, 2014, the early bird rate ends. Prices go up $25 after today so don’t hesitate to register. http://www.saywhatclub.com/san-antonio-con/
*Captions help us feel welcomed into society. It’s our right made possible by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) under Title 3 . If you are interested in getting a captioned showing of a Broadway play in your area, contact Vicki and see if you can’t help each other out. Her webpage is linked above in the post.