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October 7, 2003

TOYS to Perform in Sioux Falls

From: CSD - Oct 7, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: Erin E. Casler, CSD Public Relations, (605) 977-8406


Internationally-renowned Troupe to Offer its Unique, Interactive Performance to the Sioux Falls Community

SIOUX FALLS (Sept. 26, 2003)--As the host of the National Symposium on Childhood Deafness, CSD is pleased to announce an evening of entertainment on Sunday, Oct.19 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, S.D.

EYE of the MUSIC Dance Troupe will be the opening act for TOYS Theater. This dance troupe is comprised of four principals; Ann Marie Mickelson, Ed Malone, Tiffany Brown and Robert Finocchio. The principals of EYE of the MUSIC have been on the competition scene for over eight years, performing a variety of styles from country western to west coast swing. They have received a number of amateur first place awards in both country and swing.

TOYS Theater is an internationally acclaimed group that was first formed in 1985 in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), Russia. The ensemble has used mime and gesture stories enhanced by rhythms to delight audiences in such locations as Finland, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland. They have also performed at the Russian Cultural Centre (affiliated with the Russian Embassy), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the recent “Deaf Way II” Conference, all in Washington, D.C.; and many other performances around North America as part of their current tour.

The four performers, Vassily Solonitsky, Ludmila Romanovskaya, Alexander Filimonov and Ilya Goltsov, and the director, Oleg Golovushkin, who are all deaf, use the universal language of humor to entertain their audiences and provide glimpses into Russian and deaf cultures.

On Oct. 19 the box office will open at 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Tickets will cost $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for children under 12 years old. Children who are three and under, as well as NSCD registrants, will be admitted for free.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Melody Tsai, Director of Corporate Events/Community Relations, at CSD gladly accepts most major credit cards. As an alternative, checks/money orders made payable to CSD can be sent to CSD at 102 North Krohn Place, Sioux Falls, S.D., 57103 by Friday, Oct. 17.

The Washington Pavilion will also be selling tickets. Tickets are available at Regardless of how you order your tickets in advance, please then make sure to come to the box office on the day of the show at least 40 minutes before the show to claim your tickets.

The symposium is sponsored by CSD, the National Association of the Deaf and the American Society for Deaf Children. For more information, see the CSD web site or for any questions, please contact Melody Tsai at

About CSD– CSD (also known as Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc.) was established in 1975, primarily to provide sign language interpreting services to deaf and hard of hearing adults in South Dakota. Today, CSD employs over 2,000 individuals in offices across the nation, providing a broad continuum of social and human services programs, as well as telecommunications relay services. CSD is a private, nonprofit agency dedicated to providing quality services; ensuring public accessibility; and increasing awareness of issues affecting the deaf, hard of hearing and individuals with speech disabilities. For more information, please visit