'Signing Time' live at Camden Opera House

May 11, 2011
"Signing Time" host and co-creator Rachel Coleman, right, will perform Saturday morning, May 21 at the Camden Opera House.

Camden — Thousands of families in the Northeast have been touched by "Signing Time," the hit PBS show that introduced American Sign Language to children across the Nation. Now, for the first time, these families will be able to come and see host Rachel Coleman perform, live. Colman will perform Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

During her stay in the area, Coleman also will speak to a group of parents of children with hearing loss at the Maine Education Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, through the Maine Newborn Hearing Program.

The Emmy Award-winning Coleman, who co-created "Signing Time" as a means to teach children of all abilities how to communicate using ASL, has seen firsthand the miracles that can come from using sign language. As the mother of a daughter who is deaf, and another who has cerebral palsy and spina bifida, Coleman has spent the last few years making sign language fun and accessible for all children through the "Signing Time" series.

Whether used by a pre-verbal infant, a non-verbal child with disabilities or a family who simply wants to learn ASL as a second language, "Signing Time" reaches children with diverse learning styles and encourages interaction through signing, singing, speaking and moving.

For the past seven years, "Signing Time" has been dedicated to proving the benefits and positive impact of sign language on children of all abilities. While most people regard sign language as something only for the deaf community, thousands of parents are seeing that all children can accelerate their language and reading development through the unique blend of sign language, written word, song and video modeling used in "Signing Time."

The Signing Time Foundation Community Event will be interpreted in ASL for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons. This event is only made possible through ticket sales, company sponsors and individual donors. Also essential are the volunteers who will be donating their time and energy. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Signing Time Foundation. Donations made online or at the concert also will benefit the Signing Time Foundation and will be tax-deductible.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at signingtimefoundation.org/maine or at the door. Signing Time Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is dedicated to making sign language fun and accessible to all children, creating a world in which all children can express themselves and be understood. For more information, visit the website.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.

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