Monday, December 3, 2012

Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre Presents "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues"

"The Eight: Reindeer Monologues"
Directed by Nicki Runge and Betsy Quillen

     Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre proudly presents the ASL performance of "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues" December 6 - 16 at the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora, Colorado 80010.  Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (no performance on Saturday, December 8). Tickets are $20 and available by calling 970-373-5266 or online at . American Sign Language Performance with voice interpreters provided for all shows except December 7. (Intended for mature audiences.)

     Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. As mass media descends upon the event, the other member of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale emerges. With each deer's confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer. ...and murkier and murkier.

     The cast includes Kelly Gibbs (Dasher), Karlie Garner (Cupid), Greg Bland (Hollywood), Rachella Ortiz (Blitzen), Jessica Rogers (Comet), Cassie Short (Dancer), David Aranda (Donner) and Nicki Runge as Vixen.

     Elves (voice interpreters): Anna Logan, Kate Noonan, Natalie Austin and Victor Parrish.

     Artist Director Nicki Runge was amazed when she learned that there are over 16,000 Deaf people in the Denver area Front Range alone. The local Deaf community and their friends, family, and others have an interest or know American Sign Language – although it’s not a requirement for attending Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre. There are an estimated 56,000 potential patrons to fill 250 seats for short-run productions. Nicki has already had success selling out her productions of “Steel Magnolias” for Project DOVE and “Beauty and the Beast” for the Rocky Mountain Deaf School.

     One year ago she started Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre Company to give the Deaf Community a theater option where they are the focus and are not cast to the side.  “I was tired of going to see live theater and having to choose between viewing the action or the interpretation but not be able to do both”, Runge said. RMDT held its inaugural production of “Some Girl(s)” in October, 2012 and incorporates ASL directly into the productions and voice interpreters voice the characters to help the hearing enjoy the show.

     With a degree in Theatre Arts, Runge is a Drama and American Sign Language teacher and an accomplished stage actor/ director. She has appeared in numerous productions at UNC’s (University of Northern Colorado) Theater Department making her Denver stage debut in PHAMALY's 2011 production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre presents
"The Eight: Reindeer Monologues"
Santa has been a very bad boy.
December 6 - 16
Thur. / Fri. /Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. (no performance on Saturday, December 8)
American Sign Language performance with voice interpreters provided for all shows except Dec. 7.
970-373-5266 or online @  
Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora, Colorado 80010

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