FTC curtain rises on 'Miracle Worker'

TOUGH LESSON — Teacher Anne Sullivan (Christina Fait) holds Helen Keller (Meredith Harper) physically and emotionally accountable for her ill-mannered actions at the breakfast table in FTC’s production of “Miracle Worker” on stage with weekend performances through Oct. 27.

Performances to run through Oct. 27 at Steve W. Shepherd Theater

The first week of the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of The Miracle Worker is now in the books, as the play began on Friday, Oct. 11.

The play will be performed for two more weeks on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and then Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. — all at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater on U.S. Highway 87 South.

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.

FTC executive director Julie Voorhees said that, contrary to what some think, The Miracle Worker is not a sad story.

“This story is uplifting, empowering, engaging and inspiring,” she said. “You may even leave the theater wanting to know more, to know the ‘rest of the story’, because there is one and it’s wonderful.”

According to the website Helen Keller International, some of the rest of the story includes these facts about Keller:

-- By the age of 10, she began to speak.

-- She enrolled in Radcliffe College (now a part of Harvard University) with the help of Sullivan. Keller graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree.

Keller dedicated her life to helping the blind and deaf-blind, traveling abroad, writing several books and meeting every U.S. president from Grover Cleveland to Lyndon Johnson.

Keller also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In the FTC production of The Miracle Worker, Meredith Harper plays Helen Keller while Christina Fait plays Anne Sullivan.

Tickets for this play are on sale; advance tickets are $20 for adults and $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 for adults and $7.50 for youth 18 and under.

For more information on this play or to buy tickets, visit FTC’s website at www.fredericksburgtheater.org or call 830-997-3588.

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