Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 16, 1974 · Page 7
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June 16, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 7

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Comedy Exercise in Soundless Theater By Marlfca Saatth The play is a slapstick comedy, but uo ·? of the actors speaks. \Vfc 0 n the audience laughs it is in sexless merriment. The event is an exercise in theater for the deaf. It is a project of the West Virginia Service Center for the Deaf, a Junior League-sponsored organization. Mrs. Charles Yeager, t veteran performer witk Kaia- wha Players aid a Jciior League member, has writtei a situation comedy called "The Homecoming." It is performed entirely in deaf sign language. It will be presented at 7:36 p. m. Saturday at Coonskin Park for approximately 75 deaf persons. "Initially, the seven members of the Junior League work with this project and who are proficient in deaf sign languagge will perform the play." Mrs. Yeager says. "Then, in the fall, we will do the play agaia with deaf and fiondea? actors working together." * * * MRS. YEAGER explains she opted for a slapstick style of comedy with exaggerated gestures and motions. "The play is easy to understand," she says. "You can grasp immediately what is going on. There are a lot of sight gags. I Mint Keeping Pennies, Too WASHINGTON (AP) -The U.S. Mint is withholding pennies from circulation at its San Francisco mint to keep them away from speculators. Director Mary T. Brooks said that several coin dealers are offering exorbitant amounts -- up to $475 for $50 worth -for 1974 pennies bearing the San Francisco "S" m i n t mark. used a lot of Carol Buroette style material in writing this play." Sets for the play wore provided by Kanawha Players and Mrs. Yeager is director. She explains the plot: "There is a felfew named Oscar who is trying to get some rest. He is set upon by a stream of bothersome people. A Girl Scout shows up and tries to push 42 boxes of cookies off on him. A friend comes by and drops a bowling ball on his foot. The Girl Scout almost kills him by following first aid procedures. His wife bounds him to take her dancing. His hypochondriac mother has endless illnesses." The play will be performed during the 26th anniversary celebration of the Charleston Deaf Club. * * » MRS. DAVID KING, who t a u g h t t h e other J u n i o r League members to sign, says the service tester provides things LD acitioa te eatertaia- aaeat. "Before the primary election, we brought in a voting machine and showed the deaf people how to use it." she says. "Then ;ve had a deaf registrar who signed people up to vote." She says the major goals of the center are to establish a Cardiac Clinic Opens in \VheeIinjj WHEELING-TheDepart- ment of Welfare has established its 13th cardiac clinic here in cooperation with the Ohio Valley General Hospital. Welfare Commissioner Edwin F. Flowers announced. The clinic will be open the second Wednesday of every other month and will serve 45 youngsters from Ohio. Hancock. Brooke and Marshall counties who have cardiac disorders. perjnaoet location wbere deaf people can come i«r emergeaty services, to gel a Charleston television station to agree to use a deaf sign interpreter during newscasts aad to get captioned television shows and movies broadcast. "If we had a service center we could install a teletype communications system in it." she explains. "It works like a tickertape. Two deaf people place their phones in a teletype machine hookup and they can transmit printed messages to each other." 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