Spectrum Theater to debut hearing loop system with special 'Snow White' performance

June 22, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Deaf and hard-of-hearing children -- and their parents, teachers and friends -- are invited to a free performance of "Snow White, the Queen's Fair Daughter" to celebrate a new hearing loop system installed in Grand Rapids Community College's Spectrum Theater.

The theater's hearing loop system, which sends a wireless signal that is picked up by hearing aids, was funded through a donation by Quota International of Grand Rapids in memory of lifelong member Eleanor Roberts. 

Circle Theatre will present "Snow White: The Queen's Fair Daughter" by Max Bush at 7 p.m. June 30 at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. To reserve tickets, call (616) 805-4381 or email kathleenslagal@att.net with your name, number of tickets requested and contact information. Interpreters will be provided for this performance.

"This hearing loop system will greatly improve accessibility for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community when using our theater," said Sarah Rose, program director for GRCC's Disability Support Services. 

"We are so thankful for the partnership we have with Quota International. In addition to this generous donation, Quota also supports our students through a Quota International Scholarship offered through the GRCC Foundation.”

Quota President Sue Scharf said the organization is proud to be part of the Spectrum Theater project in commemoration of Roberts.

"We were excited to hear about the project as Quota’s mission is to improve communication for the Deaf and hard of hearing," Scharf said. "Eleanor was passionate about helping the Deaf community, and she also loved theatre. We thought the Spectrum Theatre project would be a perfect memorial for her."

The play that will debut the hearing loop system is based on the Snow White story as it was told to the Brothers Grimm in 1808. It abounds with adventures and new friends made as part of Snow White's time in the woods.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.


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