March 6, 2012

Owens Community College Presents ‘Stuart Little’ Performance, March 18

Stuart Little PerformancePERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Community members of all ages are invited to join the bilingual adventures of “Stuart Little” as Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts presents the theatrical version of a timeless favorite in both spoken English and American Sign Language on Sunday, March 18.

The performance will take place in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre at 3 p.m. The Owens Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is proud to once again welcome Sign Stage on Tour to Northwest Ohio and their unique version of the classical tale ‘Stuart Little’ on stage,” said Barbara Barkan, Owens Director for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. “The production is sure to please attendees of all ages as Sign Stage on Tour affords individuals the opportunity to experience theatre in American Sign Language and spoken English.”

“Stuart Little” is presented by the national touring group Sign Stage on Tour through Windwood Productions, a theatrical company comprised of deaf and hearing stage specialists. Sign Stage on Tour, which performs an array of theatrical plays worldwide in both spoken English and American Sign Language, is dedicated to presenting educational programs that integrate bilingual education with theatre. Previous performances by the theatre group include “Dr. Dolittle”, “Treasure Island”, “Matilda” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

According to Barkan, “When a character speaks on stage it occurs in American Sign Language, however, a spoken voice will be heard at the same time. The blend of languages allows individuals to experience the spatial beauty of American Sign Language as the actors move their hands and bodies, as well as hear the spoken dialogue so that audience members, both deaf and hearing, are able to fully enjoy the adventurous tale of Stuart and his life as a mouse in New York City.”

The troupe has performed in numerous venues and festivals worldwide highlighted by appearances at DeafWay II in Washington, D.C., the Eighth International Pantomime Festival of the Deaf in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and the Jerash Festival in Amman, Jordan.

“Stuart Little” tells the story of Stuart, a mouse who lives in New York City. Stuart believes that size is not important and enjoys living among humans in a world that includes daily adventures, highlighted by rescuing his friend Margalo, a bird, from the pursuit of Snowbell, a house cat. The adaptation of the Sign Stage on Tour’s theatrical production is based on the book by internationally recognized author E. B. White.

Tickets for “Stuart Little” are $12. To purchase tickets, visit ( )or contact the College’s Box Office. For more information about this event, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2787.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit