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Illinois Central College S.I.G.N. Club Presents “Deaf Idol 2018” on March 9  

Illinois Central College S.I.G.N. Club will host its 6th Annual “Deaf Idol 2018” on Fri., March 9 from 7 to 9 pm, in the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. The event features contestants from the deaf community performing songs, stories, poetry, skits and more in American Sign Language for a grand prize. Judges will select the top three winners for the evening.

This year, nationally recognized music interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego, from Houston, Texas, will service as celebrity judge; along with JoAnn “Jo Rose” Benfield, an actress/music interpreter and an advocate for the deaf; and Sam Harris, a deaf interpreter during the hurricanes in Florida.

“We are excited to have Amber back with us once again this year and are delighted to welcome JoAnn and Sam to help us celebrate our sixth year of Deaf Idol at ICC,” said ICC Adjunct Faculty and S.I.G.N. Club Advisor DiAnn Sances. “This evening is an important one every year, as it not only provides a unique opportunity to promote and enrich the deaf community but allows the community as a whole to experience ASL culture in such a special and creative way.”

ICC’s Interpreter Prep Program 2nd year students also will be performing a special skit of “Wizard of Oz” in ASL. There will be two voice interpreters available for the hearing fans in the audience, and “I Love You” pillows, t-shirts and more will be available for purchase in the Performing Arts Center lobby beginning at 6pm.

Advanced tickets may be purchased from any S.I.G.N. Club officer or at the door for $5 per adult and children ages 13 and up. Tickets for children age 12 and under are free. Doors open at 6 pm.

For more information, email the S.I.G.N. Club at [email protected]