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“The Miracle Worker”

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By: Barb Boyer Buck

The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies is honored to present “The Miracle Worker” in partnership with the Estes Park R-3 School District. Performances will take place on March 30, 31 and April 1, 6, 7, and 8.

In a soundless, sightless world a child named Helen Keller fought to communicate with those around her. Her family had no idea how to help this seven- year-old little girl who was disabled at 19 months after suffering from “brain fever” (which was probably Scarlet Fever), and its devastating effects left the bright toddler who was already starting to speak utterly deaf and blind.

Out of pity, Helen was spoiled by her parents and as she grew, she became more unmanageable and increasingly frustrated. An educated family of means, the Kellers sought help from various specialists and finally found Annie Sullivan, a recent graduate of the Perkins Institute for the Blind of Boston, to come to live with them and “help” Helen.

“The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson tells the story of the first lessons learned – and a miraculous breakthrough – by these two unlikely companions.

Directed by Deborah Baldwin, the cast of “The Miracle Worker” has been working tirelessly to be as authentic as possible for this play. Helen Keller is played by Chloe Burke and understudied by Bria Brown. Annie Sullivan is played by Torae Ried. All three actors have been working with Donna Salamoff, a Sign Master, to learn American Sign Language for the show.

The Fine Arts Guild has hired sign language interpreters to perform at the first public matinee performance, on April 1. The Quota Club of Estes Park is supporting these efforts and the three free performances for the Estes Park schools.

The play will be performed at the Estes Park High School on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 1 (with sign language interpreters) at 2 p.m.; on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the public performances are $12 for adults and $6 for youth under 18; add $1 for online purchases at www.fineartsguild.org and $2 for tickets purchased at the door.

The student performances will be held Tuesday, April 3, for the High School; Wednesday, April 4, for the Middle School; and, Thursday, April 5, for the Elementary School. The entire student population and their teachers are welcome at these performances, free of charge.

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