April 3, 2014 — Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s ASL (American Sign Language) Club will be presenting the ASL Comedy Show “S.E.E. Me Fail!” featuring Windell “Wink” Smith, Jr. on Saturday, April 5, at 6:00 p.m. in the College Theatre, 2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown.
“Wink” is a CODA, or Child of a Deaf Adult; both his parents are deaf. According to his website, growing up Wink has always seen his father and mother recount their life story. Wink got to see firsthand ASL storytelling. Seeing and feeling these ASL stories led Wink to the creation of a live show in order to share his parents beautiful story with the twist and turns he beheld growing up in a Deaf home. Audience members will get a taste of various emotions: laughter, joy, sadness, hurt, frustration and uplifting moments that will leave viewers with courage, and interest. Wink’s hope is to not only put each audience member’s life in perspective but also their view of the Deaf community and CODAs.
“The entire show will be presented in ASL and will include a voice interpreter,” states ASL Instructor and Club Advisor Cheryl Schiemer. “It’s a very unique show which you may not be able to catch anywhere else. The opening act will include an amazing, surprise performance from the ASL Club. They have worked extremely hard on their performance and it’s something you won’t want to miss!”
Schiemer and the Club hold “Deaf Chats” the first Friday of every month at the Senior Center in Johnstown. “We have a coffee meet and greet once a month from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and anyone is welcome to attend,” states Schiemer. “Deaf Chats normally have between 8-10 people; our group hosts close to 50 guests. The Club has been holding bake sales and raffles to raise money to bring Wink’s show to the College.”
Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show; they can be purchased by visiting www.Deafny.org. For further information about the Deaf Chats, contact Schiemer at (518) 866-9654.