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Cynthia LaFever rehearses for her role as Dorothy in a deaf version of the musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. During the production, LaFever will sign the lines while an interpreter, off stage, voices the lines for non-deaf people in the audience. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.

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Dania Maxwell/Staff Cynthia LaFever rehearses for her role as Dorothy in a deaf version of the musical, "The Wizard of Oz," at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. During the production, LaFever will sign the lines while an interpreter, off stage, voices the lines for non-deaf people in the audience. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.

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Cynthia LaFever rehearses for her role as Dorothy in a deaf version of the musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. During the production, LaFever will sign the lines while an interpreter, off stage, voices the lines for non-deaf people in the audience. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Diana Ascher, right, interprets lines for actors on stage rehearsing for an all deaf production of the musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. While actors on stage sign their lines, interpreters voice them for non-deaf people in the audience. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Mike Jennings, Megan Salerno, and Sarah Best, left to right, practice the curtain speech during a dress rehearsal for a deaf version of the musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. Every role on stage is signed and voiced by interpreters on the right of the stage. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Director Michelle Hamstra, left, puts make-up on Cynthia LaFever, who is acting the role of Dorothy for a deaf version of the musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. LaFever learned sign language in high school. During the production, LaFever will sign the lines while an interpreter, off stage, voices the lines for people in the audience. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Chris Hamstra, left, and Brock Drimones, right, sign their lines while rehearsing for a scene in a deaf version of the musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. Hamstra is co-directing the production with his wife, Michelle Hamstra. Every role on stage is signed and voiced by interpreters on the right of the stage. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Actors Gabriel Sanchez, Rachel Slike, and Cynthia LaFever, left to right, do a dress rehearsal for a deaf version of the musical 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. Every role on stage is signed and voiced by interpreters on the right of the stage. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Rachel Slike, acting as the Tin Man in a deaf version of the musical 'The Wizard of Oz,' signs with other actors backstage at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. Every role on stage is signed and voiced by interpreters on the right of the stage. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Director Michelle Hamstra, center, signs directions to actors performing in a deaf version of the musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. Hamstra is co-directing the production with her husband, Chris Hamstra. Every role on stage is signed and voiced by interpreters on the right of the stage. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Brock Drimones, center, 10, signs along the words to The Witch is Dead during a dress rehearsal of the deaf version of the musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. Drimones is acting as the mayor of Munchkin Land. Every role on stage is signed by the actors and voiced for non-deaf people by interpreters. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Zachary Rivers, Spencer Barney, and Diana Ascher, left to right, sit stage left, reading through lines for a deaf version of the musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. The interpreters are voicing the lines that actors sign on stage. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Casi Conde, dressed at the Good Witch, laughs with actors before their dress rehearsal for a deaf version of the musical 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. The cast is a mix of deaf and non-deaf actors. Most of the roles are signed by the actor and voiced by interpreters on the right of the stage. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Brock Drimones, 10, watches on as set designers prepare the stage for the dress rehearsal of a deaf version of the musical 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. Drimones is one of the deaf actors in the play who will sign his lines as the mayor of Munchkin Land. The cast is a mix of deaf and non-deaf actors. Each role is signed by the actors and voiced for non-deaf people by interpreters. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.
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Actors rehearse for a deaf version of the musical 'The Wizard of Oz,' at the Creative Theater Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Naples, Fla. Every role on stage is signed and voiced by interpreters on the right of the stage. Performances are May 18th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Cultural Park Theater.

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