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A silent world changed with the utterance of a single word

Aug 19, 2015 09:59AM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

Annie Sullian (Alexandra Kulic of Wauconda) and Helen Keller (Lauren Hunecke of Batavia)

Just in time for back to school, the Albright Theatre Company presents William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker (PG) running September 11–26. Enjoy a beautiful and inspiring drama based on the real life struggles of Helen Keller, who, though deaf and blind, went on to become a celebrated author, activist and lecturer. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Helen’s silent world is awakened through the dedication of an extraordinary teacher, Annie Sullivan, who was hired by Helen’s parents in the hopes that their daughter could be taught how to communicate. With many challenges along the way, Annie’s perseverance finally pays off when Helen’s world suddenly opens up with the utterance of a single word.

The cast features Alexandra Kulik of Wauconda as Annie and Lauren Hunecke of Batavia as Helen. The Keller family is played by Jeff Pripusich (North Aurora) as Captain Keller, Toria Hollyn (Carol Stream) as his wife Kate Keller, Chris Contreras (Hanover Park) as James Keller and Amy Setencich (Batavia) as Aunt Ev. Rounding out the cast are Batavia residents Jennifer Richardson as Viney, Patrick Deering as Mr. Anagnos/Doctor, Lane Hanlin as Percy, Abbey Sutton as Martha, Kendall Haldeman as Sarah, Emma Kilburg as Beatrice, Kelly Hunecke as Elizabeth, Elisa Reamer as Bella, Morgan Donohue as Catherine and North Aurora resident Hannah Pripusich as Alice. The show is supported by producer and stage manager Jon Jocson of Bloomingdale. 100 N. Island Avenue (3rd floor of the Batavia Government Building), Batavia. $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. Reservations are highly recommended –630-406-8838. albrighttheatre.com.

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