‘Miracle Worker’ staged by Westport Community Theatre this weekend
The play, which in its initial Broadway production in 1959 won a Tony Award for Best Play, chronicles the relationship between Keller, who was deaf, blind and mute in childhood, and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. The break-through they achieved set the foundation for Keller’s later accomplishments as a writer, political activist and lecturer.
Keller lived the latter part of her life in Easton, not far from the Westport border.
The Westport Community Theatre’s production will feature Emma LaPlace, a senior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, as Annie Sullivan, and Nora Watson, a fourth-grader from Stratford, portrays Helen Keller. Others in the cast are: also includes Erica Evelti, Glenn Ghirardi, Tondrea Mabins, Sam Mink, Elayne Mordoff, John Pyron and Dene Whitaker.
The play is directed by Richard Mancini, who previously has directed several other productions by the troupe. “We are excited to produce this family-oriented show during the holidays,” Mancini said in publicity for the show. “Audiences will be inspired by this powerful story that tugs at one’s heartstrings.”
“The Miracle Worker” will be performed by the Westport Community Theatre at Town Hall on weekends Nov. 27-Dec. 13. Performances are: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, with a Thursday performance at 8 p.m. Dec. 3.
Tickets cost $23, $21 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at www.westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling 203-226-1983.