SYNC sells out in Dart
Deaf, hearing and hard of hearing people flooded Dart Auditorium for the sold out production of SYNC Nov. 16.
SYNC, formerly known as Star Search, was hosted by LCC’s Sign Language Interpreter Program.
Dorretta Fowler, the director of SYNC, explained the name change was a collective decision.
“Star Search is an old TV show that relates to a talent contest,” Fowler said. “(We needed a name) that would match this performance because it’s very unique.
“We collectively decided that SYNC would be a better name because it’s short for synchronization. We synchronize two cultures, two languages, and we do it simultaneously.”
The cast performed 20 songs in American Sign Language (ASL).
The songs of SYNC included “Big Bang Theory,” “Born This Way,” “RadioActive,” “Some Nights,” “Taylor The Latte Boy,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?,” “Parents Just Don’t Understand, Man!,” “I Feel Like a Woman,” “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and more.
LCC alumnus Joe Brewer has been in multiple SYNC productions. He said he believed this year’s performance was especially magical.
“It was awesome-sauce,” Brewer said. “There was lots of cheer, lots of laughter. Knowing what the audience was seeing was just magical … They were able to connect with the performers in a way they had never been able to do before.”
Fowler explained due to the largest amount of audience participation they have ever experienced and the hard work that was put into the show, this was one of the best shows they have ever had.
“I think the performers grew from it,” Fowler said. “We had such talented and hard-working performers that were willing to not only visually show and express the music, but be able to interpret that into English for the deaf and hard of hearing in our audience … It was just awesome, it was the best.”
First-time performer Alicia Karbowski said the show was phenomenal.
“I think it gets better every year,” Karbowski said.
“I felt on fire and so excited. The adrenaline was just pumping. I don’t feel that very often especially this time in the semester. I needed this and I think everyone needed to come out and experience this.”