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Voice Types according to TV Tropes:

Contraltos are the lowest female singers commonly heard. Unlike their male counterparts (the basses), however, roles for altos are a bit more common, especially in rock musicals. In more traditional pieces, altos are frequently middle-aged leading women, though some of those are mezzos as well. The only role demographic altos have a firm hold over is for women over sixty - which in most shows means grandmothers. In the rare case that there is a female villain in a show, she will probably be an alto.

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Deaf West Legally Blonde

Based on this post and a short conversation with @ilsekin.

  • Amelia Hensley as Elle Woods and Elle McLemore as Voice of Elle
  • Joshua Castille as Emmett Forrest and Sean Grandillo as Voice of Emmett
  • Andy Mientus as Warner Huntington III
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry as Paulette Bonafonte
  • Patrick Page as Professor Callahan
  • Hillary Baack as Brooke Wyndham and Krysta Rodriguez as Voice of Brooke
  • Barrett Wilbert Weed as Vivienne Kensington
  • Nyle DiMarco as Kyle and Jake Shears as Chad/Dewey/Voice of Kyle
  • Kathryn Gallagher as Enid Hoopes
  • Sandra Mae Frank as Serena and Alice Lee as Voice of Serena
  • Ali Stroker as Margot
  • Treshelle Edmond as Pilar and Ariana DeBose as Voice of Pilar
  • Ren as Kate and Kimiko Glenn as Chutney/Voice of Kate

So, in this production, Elle has to face prejudice in law school for being deaf and people don’t believe in her because of that added factor. Emmett wears hearing aids (like Josh does) and he tries to act as “hearing passing” as he can, so that nobody looks down on him in school. That is, until Chip On My Shoulder, where he starts to accept his Deafness (with Elle’s help) and Josh removes his hearing aids (maybe?? I’m not really sure on this part and how feasible it is) and stops doing his own vocals so his Voice (Sean) can take over.

In this production, the Voices don’t play any instruments, mostly because I don’t think the style of the musical really lends itself to that. Instead, they’re just present onstage. Voice of Emmett is present the whole time that Emmett is, but follows him around silently until he accepts it. The Voices of Serena, Pilar, and Kate are members of the Greek Chorus (which, in the production is made up of Sandy, Ali, Treshelle, Alice, Ariana, Kimiko, and 3 others) who provide their voices when needed.

All of the characters have a reason for being hearing vs. d/Deaf/HoH, but I don’t feel like typing them all out (there are a lot of characters in this show) so if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask!

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Deaf West Romeo & Juliet

Directed by Michael Arden

  • Joshua Castille as Juliet
  • Andy Mientus as Romeo
  • Daniel Durant as Mercutio
  • Amelia Hensley as Rosaline
  • Treshelle Edmond as Tybalt
  • Howie Seago as Friar Laurence
  • Ali Stroker as Benvolio
  • Russell Harvard as Prince Escalus
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry as The Nurse
  • Sandra Mae Frank as Paris

Based on this. I think this would be really interesting.

Basically, if you can’t tell, the Montagues are hearing and the Capulets are d/Deaf/HoH, which is being used to emphasize the divide between the two families. Romeo is more familiar with Deaf culture though because he’s friends with Mercutio and Friar Laurence who are both d/Deaf.

Obviously the Nurse belongs to the Capulet House, but she’s not really a part of the family, so I thought casting a hearing actress in the role would form a nice parallel between Romeo/Friar and Juliet/Nurse.

In my mind, this production utilizes a chorus of d/Deaf/HoH and hearing actors who act as every other character. In addition, the deaf actors would be voiced by members of the hearing chorus. During times when a deaf actor is alone or it wouldn’t make sense for someone to be there with them as their voice, there would still be a chorus member there for the audience’s benefit, so there would be limited projection, if any at all.


Paris, November 1967, Venue of the United States, fashion posters arrived in France and imported by Rene CASTLE Robert Kuperberg, the first to make French posters in black and white, here in the studio . Photos by Manuel Litran