Flat Rock Playhouse in US offers audio description service for blind people
Americas, March 28 2011
Mar 28: Flat Rock Playhouse has created a new opportunity for blind people to have an enhanced theatre experience. Sponsored by Asheville Eye Associates, the Playhouse will provide Audio Descriptive services during the final Saturday Matinee of nearly every 2011 Mainstage production.
Audio Description is a verbal commentary that speaks “between the lines” to describe entrances, exits, actions and key props to people who cannot see them. The service tells the visually impaired audience member what is happening on the stage during the parts of the performance where there is no dialogue. The description does not interfere with the performance but fills in the gaps, describing facial expressions, costume, scenery and action sequences so that anyone with a sight problem can follow the plot fully and independently.
Audio Description brings the sets, lighting, costumes, characters and onstage action alive for a visually impaired audience. Without interfering with the dialogue, the trained Audio Descriptive committee of the Supporting Players will provide a live, objective and succinct description of the action and visual elements of the play, between the actor’s lines through a wireless transmitter. The participating patrons, who use the service, receive the Audio Description through a single earpiece and wireless receiver.
“We are taking a huge leap toward embracing inclusivity. For a lot of people this will be their very first theatrical experience,’’ says Dale Bartlett, General Manger of Flat Rock Playhouse and initiator of the project. “This is an overdue and most welcome initiative in expanding access to live performing arts.”
All Audio Described performances, with the exception of July 1’s performance, will be held at 2 p.m.
April 16 – Music of the Night
May 7 – Moonlight & Magnolias
June 11 – Chicago
July 1 – Red, White & Tuna, screened at 8 p.m.
July 9 –Tuna Does Vegas
Aug. 13 – Hairspray
Sept. 10 – Mousetrap
Oct. 29 –The Buddy Holly Story
Nov. 19 – Doubt
Dec. 17 – Plaid Tidings
There is no charge for audio description; the Hendersonville Lions Club will underwrite a portion of the ticket cost for patrons who are in need of this service. Details and reservations for Audio Described Performances, can be made by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 693-0731 or toll-free at 866-732-8008.