SKHS’ American Sign Language Christmas concert Dec. 12

PORT ORCHARD — South Kitsap High School’s annual American Sign Language Christmas Concert begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in the South Kitsap Auditorium.

SKHS students will perform 16 Christmas songs as groups, duets and solos. The event is free and open to the public.

Last year, the ASL choir performed classic holiday favorites such as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Silent Night,” “Baby it’s Cold Outside” and more.

ASL classes as well as students in the ASL Club perform during the show. Individual performers choose their own song; classes collaborate to choose a song as a group.

“We start practicing around late October,” ASL instructor Elizabeth Cordy said last year. “As individuals or duets, they had to practice on their own time. For the class groups, we practice for 15 to 20 minutes in class time to remember to sign the songs. It took me many hours to correct their signs and remind them that they need to show face expression.”