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In brief: Theater translation

The Fulton Theatre is taking dramatic steps to reach out to Lancaster’s Hispanic community.

The Fulton Theatre is taking dramatic steps to reach out to Lancaster’s Hispanic community.

In September, the theater began to offer Spanish interpretation for selected performances. The effort started with the Sept. 14 performance of “West Side Story.” Future Spanish-interpreted performances will be held on the first Friday of every production during the 2007–08 season.

Audience members who want to use the free service ask for listening devices before the show. They use the devices to listen to a Spanish translation of the show. An actress sitting in the back of the theater reads from a Spanish version of the script as the action occurs.

The Fulton decided to add the service because it wants to give residents who only speak Spanish the opportunity to enjoy the theater’s work, said Aaron Young, the theater’s managing director. The theater already has had success offering programs that meet the needs of deaf and blind audience members.

“We want the theater to be accessible to everyone,” Young said.

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