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Theater department presents emotional classic

The St. Catherine University’s Theater Department presents The Miracle Worker in the Frey Theater on the University's St. Paul campus, 2004 Randolph Ave.

The production is directed by St. Kate's Assistant Professor Teresa Lyons Hegdahl, whose directing credits include Hedda Gabler, Rumors and the school tour of Cinderella Confidential.

Written by William Gibson, the play centers on the early relationship between Helen Keller, who was rendered deaf and blind by illness at an early age, and Anne Sullivan, the teacher who was able to reach Helen when others had failed. Originally produced in 1957 on television's Playhouse 90, The Miracle Worker was produced on Broadway in 1959 featuring Patty Duke as Helen and Ann Bancroft as Anne under the direction of Arthur Penn.

It won the Tony Award for Best Play and Penn and Bancroft also won Tony Awards. Duke was awarded the Theatre World Award for her debut performance in the production.

Cast list
The University's production features St. Kate's students Emily Basques '14, Adara Bryan '11, Cheyfaun Bryant '14, Emily Hanson '11, Etty Hathaway, Jayne Hess '13, Heather Nordby '13 and Greta Pahr '12; and University of St. Thomas students Perry Chicos, Allie Cleary, Mary Gustafson, Patrick Gustafson, Caitlin Heaney, Sam Kunz, Patrick McNamer, Franklin Wagner and Callie Wilson.

Behind the scenes
The production staff includes: Kat Ramage and Heather Underland ’14, Haley Giffor, Katie LaMotte and Melissa Peterson ’13, Kiah Bizal ’12, and Cynthia Collins, Abby Hansen, Sorrel Kaspszak and Amy Werner ’11.

Performance schedule and ticket information
Performances of The Miracle Worker are Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 10–13, at 7 p. m. and Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2 p. m.

The Nov. 13 performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language by alumnae Quincy Craft Faber ’09 and Julie Olson Rand ’08. A post-show discussion will follow the performance.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door or may be reserved by calling the O'Shaughnessy Ticket Office at (651) 690-6700.

Nov. 4, 2010 by Julie Michener

See also: Arts