'Miracle Worker' to debut

WATER! — Anne Sullivan, played by Christina Fait, tries to teach the sign for “water” to Helen Keller, played by Meredith Harper. The two are part of the cast of The Miracle Worker, which opens Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. The production continues weekends through Oct. 27. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Opening night for the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of “The Miracle Worker” will be Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The play will be performed for three weeks on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and then Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m.

The final performance will be Sunday, Oct. 27.

The Tony Award-winning play focuses on Helen Keller, who, though born being able to see and hear, loses both of those senses at an early age due to an illness. Left unable to hear, see or even talk, she then receives guidance from her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

Ashleigh Goff, who is directing the FTC production, described the nature of the show — especially the set — as “very abstract.”

“There aren’t complete walls, but you can tell where walls go,” she explained. “All of the different characters have such big personalities. They all must work cohesively together. It’s also physically very challenging.”

Goff added that rehearsals have gone well, even the challenging theatrical moment when all the actors must go “off the book,” meaning they must recite lines from memory without the aid of the script.

“This has been the only off-book I’ve been a part of that’s gone very well,” Goff said. “(The cast) all cheered. They have a lot to be proud of. They’ve all worked very hard in a very difficult show. We’re excited to open.”

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