OU-Lancaster Deaf Studies Students Interpret Outdoor Drama “Tecumseh!”

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Students from the Ohio University Lancaster Deaf Studies and Interpreting program will be interpreting the outdoor drama Tecumseh! in Chillicothe on Thursday, June 27. 

About eight students from the program will be involved, along with Program Director Becky Brooks and Instructor Lorraine Rogers.

"This will be such an awesome experience for our students," said Brooks. "We have a group of very talented students."

Tecumseh! is the story of the legendary Shawnee leader and his struggle to defend his homeland in the 1700s. It is performed at the outdoor Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre.

The students only had one week to learn the script and prepare to interpret the outdoor drama. They started practicing on June 20.

"The students were divided up into teams and the scripts were divided up by scenes," said Brooks. "Each team is taking three scenes to interpret."

Brooks and Rogers have interpreted for Tecumseh! in the past. For professional interpreters like Brooks and Rogers, a short amount of time is all that is needed to interpret a script.

"Typically, for experienced interpreters, one week to learn the script wouldn’t be that big of a deal. For students however, it is more complex," said Brooks. "They aren’t able to do this type of interpreting off the cuff quite as easily. But I know our talented students are going to do a great job."

More than 100 people are involved in the Tecumseh! production each summer in Chillicothe. Since its premiere in 1973, more than 2.5 million people have come to see the show.