The Ames Community Theater, also known as ACTORS, has installed hearing assistance technology in its theater.


The system runs on an infrared signal that is hooked up to the sound system that has speakers in the costume rooms and the board room at ACTORS.


A hearing-impaired audience member hangs a receiver around their neck and attaches a hearing loop that couples with a hearing aid equipped with a telephone coil. Or, they can use headphones.


ACTORS has six receivers that can be checked out at the box office. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for the use of the technology.


“Currently, the signal reaches the first six rows of the audience, so if you want to use the hearing assistance, please purchase tickets in rows A through F,” said Stan Rabe of ACTORS. “ACTORS thanks those that supported the purchase of the equipment with their donations.”


ACTORS became aware of the need when an audience member asked if hearing assistance had ever been looked at for the theater. In the past, the stage crews had used walkie-talkies to communicate between the wings and the lighting book, but had limited success.


“So, it took some research to see if the technology would work at ACTORS — and it does!” Rabe said


“Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits: Vol 1” is the first show where the new equipment is available for the entire run of the show. “Forbidden Broadway” is musical revue spoofing the best of 35 years of Broadway. The music is fun and fast paced. The new hearing assist technology will help audience members that need hearing support.