Illinois Central College S.I.G.N. Club will host its 5th Annual “Deaf Idol 2017” on Sat., April 1, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, in the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. The event features contestants from the deaf community performing songs, stories, poetry, skits and more in American Sign Language for a grand prize. Judges will select the top five contestants to present to the audience to determine the top three winners.
This year, nationally recognized music interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego, from Houston, Texas, will service as celebrity judge; along with Juan Bernal, an ASL teacher from Chicago; and Angela Botz, a Community Outreach Coordinator and Disability Rights Advocate from IMPACT CIL.
“We are excited to have Amber, as well as Juan and Angela, with us to celebrate our milestone fifth year,” said ICC Adjunct Faculty and S.I.G.N. Club Advisor DiAnn Sances. “We feel so fortunate to share this unique opportunity to promote and enrich the deaf community and allow people to experience ASL culture in the diverse backgrounds of the contestants.”
ICC’s Interpreter Prep Program students also will be performing their special projects with songs and stories in ASL. There will be two voice interpreters available for the hearing fans in the audience, and “I Love You” pillows, t-shirts and more will be available for purchase in the Performing Arts Center lobby beginning at 1 pm.
Advanced tickets may be purchased from any S.I.G.N. Club officer for $5 per adult and children ages 13 and up. Ages 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door for $7 for adults and children ages 13 and up. Tickets for children age 12 and under are free. Doors open at 1 pm.
For more information, email the S.I.G.N. Club at SignClub.firstname.lastname@example.org.