Volunteers Help Make Live Theater Possible For Visually Impaired - WSPA.com

Volunteers Help Make Live Theater Possible For Visually Impaired

Posted: Updated:
The Flat Rock Playhouse began offering audio-descriptive performances in 2011. The Flat Rock Playhouse began offering audio-descriptive performances in 2011.
FLAT ROCK, N.C. -

The actors not only rehearse their lines, so does a group of specially-trained volunteers at the Flat Rock Playhouse.

"I think giving everybody the opportunity to enjoy what the rest of us just take for granted is really important," says audio-description volunteer Pat Roberts.

 

Roberts has learned to speak "between the lines" to describe what is happening on stage for a visually-impaired audience.

 

And it's that kind of dedication allowing people like Michael Nelipovich who lost his vision 20 years ago to still enjoy live theater.

"The describers take me to a new level," Nelipovich said.

Flat Rock Playhouse offers one audio-described performance during every production.

Volunteers spend nearly 40 hours preparing for it.

They will watch the play themselves multiple times before they explain what they see.

From entrances and exits to facial expressions, action sequences and costumes – volunteers will dictate what is going on without interrupting the performance for the other person listening through an earpiece.

"You are there to enhance their experience of live theater," says Roberts. It is not about you at all, it is about them."

Audio-described performances are only offered at the Mainstage and take place on the last Saturday matinee performance of a production.

Click here for a list of current and upcoming shows.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Update: Governor Haley To Suspend Simpsonville Mayor Eichor

    Update: Governor Haley To Suspend Simpsonville Mayor Eichor

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:56:15 GMT
    Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor was arrested Tuesday. He faces charges of Intimidation of a Court Official, Misconduct in Office and Obstruction of Justice following a state investigation.
    Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor was arrested Tuesday. He faces charges of Intimidation of a Court Official, Misconduct in Office and Obstruction of Justice following a state investigation.
  • Duke: Moving Coal Ash Would Cost Up To $10 Billion

    Duke: Moving Coal Ash Would Cost Up To $10 Billion

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:58:27 GMT
    Duke Energy Says Customers Will Likely Foot The Bill To Cleanup Coal AshDuke Energy Says Customers Will Likely Foot The Bill To Cleanup Coal Ash
    Duke Energy says that removing all of the company's coal ash away from North Carolina's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with the state's electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. Duke's North Carolina president Paul Newton told state lawmakers Tuesday the company needs flexibility to consider more cost-efficient options that include leaving much of its 100 million tons of toxic ash in place after being covered with giant tarps and soil.
    Duke Energy says that removing all of the company's coal ash away from North Carolina's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with the state's electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. Duke's North Carolina president Paul Newton told state lawmakers Tuesday the company needs flexibility to consider more cost-efficient options that include leaving much of its 100 million tons of toxic ash in place after being covered with giant tarps and soil.
  • Greenville Moms Accused of Abandoning Babies Charged Differently

    Greenville Moms Accused of Abandoning Babies Charged Differently

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-04-22 21:53:30 GMT
    Sharon Ferguson, left, is accused of abandoning her newborn in a trashcan Monday. She faces a more severe charge than Jessica Blackham, right, who abandoned her baby in a toilet at the Bi-Lo Center in 2011.Sharon Ferguson, left, is accused of abandoning her newborn in a trashcan Monday. She faces a more severe charge than Jessica Blackham, right, who abandoned her baby in a toilet at the Bi-Lo Center in 2011.
    The Greenville woman accused of abandoning her newborn in a trash can Monday faces a more severe charge than the woman who abandoned her baby in a toilet at the Bi-Lo Center in 2011.
    The Greenville woman accused of abandoning her newborn in a trash can Monday faces a more severe charge than the woman who abandoned her baby in a toilet at the Bi-Lo Center in 2011.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.