Candyland at Lakeland

Published 10:12 pm Monday, March 27, 2017

The auditorium at Lakeland High School will soon transform into Candyland for the American Sign Language club’s annual spring musical.

Eight students in the club will interpret songs featuring all kinds of treats and sweets, including “Peppermint Twist,” “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch,” “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” and “Banana Split for My Baby.”

ASL teacher and club sponsor Anita Fisher said her students came up with the idea last year and wanted to do it.

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The featured songs will play while the students interpret them using American Sign Language, as well as light props for fun.

“The simpler you can go with background and props, they pay more attention to what you’re signing,” Fisher said.

The students in the ASL club say they enjoy learning about American Sign Language.

“When I grow up, I want to work with children,” said Hannah Carr. “That could help, because some kids are deaf or hard of hearing.”

“I want to be able to communicate with deaf people,” Tut Harville added. “It’s a special language.”

The students in the club also say they enjoy the friends they have made in the club.

“Everyone here is just so great, and you get great vibes,” said Sydney Stubenrauch. “It’s the family that you make.”

“The kids come together and become best friends,” Fisher said.

Fisher said the musical is important not only as a community event but also because it helps her students practice their skills and learn new words.

“The more you use it, the better you’re going to be,” she said. “I just would like to encourage everybody to try to come out.”

Club member Lettie Owens said she enjoys the musical.

“I just love getting up there and expressing ASL,” she said. “You get to feel the music.”

The musical will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 7 and 8. Admission is by donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students, including college students with ID. Children under 5 are free.