Submitted by wearetheyoungandtherestless
(Read below to read the story about the performance)
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HELLO!! Thanks for viewing my video and taking the time to watch it and read this story!! Firstly, just an FYI, there are captions available for the transcription of what I am signing (Just click the CC button to open them). Below is the story behind my performance!!
In Spring Quarter of 2013 at RIT/NTID, I decided to audit one of my favorite classes again, Sign, Mime, and Creative Movement, primarily because I loved the teacher for that class (Luane Davis Haggerty). I had taken it previously in Fall Quarter of 2012, and for my final exam, I performed Signed Interpretations of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” As with the first class, for the final exam, Luane had the class do a variation of projects for the final: from song performances, to group poems, to name poems…It is always quite a unique show to see!!
This time, I was uncertain about what songs I wanted to do, and then I had a brainstorm…In addition to performing “Defying Gravity” with Luane, I wanted to perform a Disney song, as I am a huge Disney nerd! I thought about doing “Part of Your World,” but with a twist…Reading a story (uncertain if it were true or not) about the original writer (Hans Christian Andersen) writing the tale of “The Little Mermaid” as a love letter to Edvard Collin, read more at this link). And knowing the composer, Howard Ashman, was gay…It inspired me to do “Part Of Your World” but with an IT GETS BETTER twist…And I couldn’t be happier with the result! Thanks to Luane and my wonderful friends in the class for helping me out with this!!! Also, please note that while I am performing this in Sign Language, it is not pure American Sign Language (ASL). :)
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