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Students perform The Miracle Worker

By Carrie Deese
Staff Writer
 

Shorter University’s theater department is bringing The Miracle Worker to Callaway Theatre on Sept. 25- 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 27 -28 at 2 p.m. The performance will be about the life of Helen Keller as she battled and overcame challenging moments in her life.

The director of the show is Assistant Professor of Theatre, Chad Daniel. Daniel has been teaching over 12 years and is excited for his first show at Shorter.

“It’s such a beautiful story about family and individuals rising to meet unbelievable challenges. Most of all it is about relationships and how love can overcome anything,” said Daniel.

Savannah Gilliam, junior musical theatre major will play Kate (Helen’s mother).

“I am excited to play the role of Kate, because she is the one who takes care of Helen before Annie comes along,” said Gilliam. “She knows how to handle Helen and be patient with Helen.”

Gilliam works hard to be intentional behind everything she acts. Students are required to research their roles as rehearsals go on.

“Miracles really do happen. Annie, Helen and Kate all fight and persevere to accomplish what others say is impossible. None of them give up,” said Gilliam.

Daniel feels that this story is centered on overcoming challenges and how love can overcome even the hardest times.

“This is a story about hero, not just any hero but a deaf and blind female hero. We don’t get to see Helen’s later, well publicized accomplishments, but the audience will gain an understanding of where she came from and a glimpse into just how bright and amazing she was,” said Daniel.

Junior Musical Theater major, Shelby Folks is excited and honored to play Helen in the upcoming show.

“The thing that I enjoy most about playing Helen is the challenge that it presents to me as an actor,” said Folks. “I am basically having to unlearn habits and instincts that I have acquired because of my ability to see and hear. Helen has neither of these senses.”

Daniel feels that this story is centered on overcoming challenges and how love can overcome even the hardest times.

“This is a story about hero, not just any hero but a deaf and blind female hero. We don’t get to see Helen’s later, well publicized accomplishments, but the audience will gain an understanding of where she came from and a glimpse into just how bright and amazing she was,” said Daniel.