For the first time in history, the Walt Disney Company is celebrating the Deaf Community by hosting “SIGNin’ in the Street” at Downtown Disney on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th in Anaheim, Calif.
“This premiere event will introduce some of the top talent in the Deaf Community to the hearing community, and provide a great opportunity for the Deaf Community to come celebrate with friends and family,” See What I’m Saying: Deaf Entertainers Documentary Director Hilari Scarl said.
Both Disney and American Sign Language fans will enjoy popular shows at the AMC movie theater, Q&A sessions with the cast, live musical performances featuring deaf performers, an appearance by Switched at Birth cast members includingAcademy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin and deaf actor Sean Berdy, The Hammer cast members and triple NCAA champ and pro wrestler Matt Hamill, shows by the Drum Café and nighttime concerts featuring deaf talent.
The AMC will be screening the multiple award-winning film See What I’m Saying: Deaf Entertainers Documentary, ABCFamily’s Switched at Birth season finale and the award-winning drama The Hammer. All of these shows feature deaf performers and are accessible to all with open captions.
Screenings for See What I’m Saying will begin on Friday, March 16th with show times at 10:45 a.m., 3:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Saturday screenings are at 1:10 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.; and Sunday screenings are at 10:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Tickets to see this film are $9, with portions of ticket sales to benefit the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD). Live performances begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, and are free to the general public.
“My goal for SIGNin’ in the Street is to celebrate creativity in the Deaf Community, share the talents of deaf entertainers with the public and have a great time at Disney. This is a huge honor,” Scarl said.