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Sunshine 2.0 Puts on Culturally Diverse Performance

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Alicia Sanchez-Brooks, Staff Writer

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On Monday, Oct 30, Sunshine 2.0 theater on tour visited Gaither and held a show in the auditorium.

Sunshine 2.0 is a professional theater troupe from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Performances and activities are provided for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The theater also provides educational attributes such as the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) program.

All teachers were invited to attend. In order to watch the show teachers had to email back their acceptance. Teachers such as Betsy MacDonald the Special Needs Director, William Albritton the theater teacher, Mary Gutz and Nicholas Bonfonte attended.

The Sunshine 2.0 performance was more relatable for and catered to the deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Gaither who were in attendance.

Students were engaged during the performance and towards the end had the opportunity to participate in a Q and A session. A variety of questions were asked about how performing is different for the hard-of-hearing and deaf performers as well as the background of the program. It also was great exposure to those with little to no contact with deaf people previously.

“I had deaf friends growing up and they taught me a lot, but the performers did amazing and I learned more than I knew before,” said Gutz.

Sunshine 2.0’s mission is to provide the audience with an insight of how they have to emphasize emotions while performing and to share their background stories with the audience on a personal level. Overall the show was engaging, interactive and informative.

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