As a hard-of-hearing actress, I know just how difficult it can be to get accommodations as a Deaf audience member. As a result, when the musical “The Little Mermaid” came around, I asked my director if I could interpret the production in American Sign Language. With her approval, an ASL classmate and I worked relentlessly to learn the entire show—both dialogue and lyrics—in sign language. I organized for a group of Deaf students from the Center on Deafness to come see one of the shows. For most of them, it was the first musical they’d ever been able to see because of the lack of accommodations for the Deaf community in the theatre world. The look on their faces and the happiness they exuded during the performance made everything worth it.