It was an afternoon of visiting guests at rehearsals for Cyrano at the Fountain. As director Simon Levy and the cast worked further with fight directors Brian Donner and Abby Walla on the funny and thrilling ASL/Combat sequence in the play, the Fountain hosted visitors from “The Happiest Place on Earth” and the Bay Area near Oakland.
The first guests to arrive were four colleagues from Disney and Disneyland. Michelle Baron, Creative Talent Development & Initiatives Manager for Disney Imagineering, spoke to the Cyrano company about the Special Event weekend at Disneyland on March 17 and 18. The Downtown Disney District will host a celebration of creativity in the deaf community – SIGNin’ in the Street. Disney has asked The Fountain Theatre and Deaf West to share a scene from our upcoming co-production of Cyrano at the event.
Later, fifty ASL students from Castro Valley High School arrived by bus to visit the Fountain and watch some of the rehearsal. The Cyrano cast enjoyed a Q&A Talkback session with the ASL students, who were hearing and instructed to silence their voices and communicate only through Sign Language. The students asked the cast many questions about the play, acting, ASL, and deaf culture. A wonderful time was had by all.