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Afternoon tea to benefit Sandy Actors Theatre

Cascadia Village wants to help make local theater more accessible to hearing-impaired patrons
by:  Rachael Erickson

Sandy Actors Theatre is installing a new wheelchair lift, likely in time for its February production of 'Marvin's Room.'

With help from Cascadia Village, the theater could soon offer hearing devices for patrons, too.

Cascadia Village will hold an afternoon tea and one-act play to benefit the theater at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in its Timberline Dining Room. The event is free to Cascadia residents and $8 for community members, with proceeds going toward hearing devices at the theater.

Sally Angelino, a resident and employee at Cascadia, said many residents enjoy live theater but have struggled to make it to Sandy theater productions without a wheelchair lift and proper hearing devices.

'We have people who will go with these two things,' Angelino said.

Sandy Actors Theatre recently received a $2,500 grant from the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition to upgrade its sound system and add hearing devices for patrons; however, the grant only covers about half of SAT's anticipated expenses.

Holly Martin, production manager for the Jan. 28 show and SAT's administrative vice president, said the theater's effort to upgrade sound systems and offer hearing devices dovetails with its longer term goal: bringing theater to those who struggle getting to productions.

Eventually, SAT hopes to offer 'theater-on-the-go.' For now, they're starting with this pilot program at Cascadia Village (there also is a performance at Avamere on Jan. 28, but it's just for residents and not a fundraiser).

'A Marriage Proposal,' the one-act play that will be featured at the tea, is a fast-paced comedy by Anton Chekhov. It was first performed in 1890.

When a wealthy man visits his neighbor to propose to the neighbor's daughter, comical misunderstandings and arguments ensue before the couple actually becomes engaged. The performance features actors Rachael Erickson, Arthur Delaney and Tim Park.

Readers Theatre Gresham, a branch of Sandy Actors Theatre, performed 'A Marriage Proposal' last fall at Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

Tea, scones and crumpets will be served during the show at Cascadia.

Cascadia Village Retirement and Assisted Community is located at 39495 Cascadia Village Drive, Sandy. For more information, call Cascadia at 503-668-0300. Donations to the theater's sound system upgrade can me made to P.O. Box 22, Sandy, OR 97055.