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University Theatre to Present
'The Miracle Worker' at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  March 21, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's University Theatre will present William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker," a moving and dramatic story of Helen Keller's rescue from a silent and secret world.

The play, directed by Dr. Cheryl Starr, associate professor of theatre arts, opens for public performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the Kjer Theatre. Additional public performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. April 5, 11 and 12, and 1:30 p.m. April 6 and 13. The public performances on Friday, April 11, and Sunday, April 13, will be signed for people with hearing impairments. School performances are slated for 9:30 a.m. April 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17.

In "The Miracle Worker," Annie Sullivan, a spirited young Irish woman, played by sophomore Briana Hardyman, Darlington, is sent to Alabama as a teacher to Helen Keller, a child who can neither see, hear nor speak, played by area seventh grader Rachel Thompson. The play chronicles the beginning of the deep friendship forged between Annie and Helen. Annie is the only one who believes that Helen's mind can be freed and her life changed for the better. What follows is a wonderful mix of spirited battles, comical moments and unforgettable drama. This is a powerful play about courage, persistence and the value and dignity of every life.

Other cast members include senior Amanda Schumacher, Peshtigo, as Kate Keller; UW-Eau Claire alumnus Rob Susedik, as Captain Keller; Hannah Starr, an area sixth grader, as Martha; senior Anna Figlesthaler, Wauwatosa, as Aunt Ev; junior Adam Roub, St. Paul, Minn., as James Keller; senior Brian Johnson, Faribault, Minn., as Anagnos; and area fourth grader Thomas Hansen as Percy. The orphan girls will be played by freshman Sarah Jo Waterman, Chippewa Falls, as Beatrice; sophomore Bria Fraundorf, Antigo, as Mary; junior Elizabeth Hoffert, Marion, as Alice; and Sofia Majstorovic, an area fifth grader, as Sara. Hoffert also will play a servant.

The assistant director and stage manager is senior Chandra LaViolette, Manitowoc; the scenic and lighting designer is Jody Sekas, assistant professor of music and theatre arts; the assistant scenic designer is senior Yulisa Lin, Chinandega, Nicaragua; the props designer is senior Ilana Swerdlin, Richland Center; the props consultant is senior Brian Benson, Rhinelander; Luisa Fumagalli of Menomonie is the costume designer; and the sound designer is Arthur Gulig, technical director of the University Theatre.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public, $7 for those 62 and older, $6 for children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID, and $5 for students with a university ID.

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Updated: March 21, 2003