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CHS Play To Benefit Deaf Association

February 7, 2007


 The cast includes: Katie Waldron, Daniel Waldron, Trevor Dowd, Morgan Crutcher, Adam Cordonnier, Mike Frazier, Rebecca Hoffman, Jamie O’Neil, Anthony Sagaria, Katie Holder, Veronica Washington, Tara Gelhaus, Kellen Loyle, Molly Anderson, Katie Gregg, Rebecca Hoffman, and Kellen Loyle.

The Fine Arts Department at Centerville High School is pleased to announce four performances of this year’s winter play.“The Miracle Worker” is a story of hope against great challenges. Set in Alabama in the late 19th century, the play depicts the meeting between Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, who is charged with teaching and taming the wild child that Helen has grown into at the age of 6. The teacher must find a way to reach her student and forge lines of communication between Helen and the outside world. In the process, Annie must come to terms with her own haunted past. “The Miracle Worker” reveals the significance of maintaining perseverance, valuing family, drawing connection, and continuing communication.

The play will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, February 10 at 2 p.m. (This performance will be signed for deaf viewers.) and at 7:30 p.m. All performances are at the Centerville High School theater. Tickets are $5 for students and adults. For ticket information, call 439-3572.

A portion of the proceeds from each performance of “The Miracle Worker” will benefit the Dayton Association of the Deaf (DAD). The cast feels that the play’s message fosters much-needed awareness of the needs of the blind and the deaf, so they decided to aid a local organization working hard to send the same message. The DAD has been an active organization in the area since 1944 with the goal of bringing together an estimated 400,000 deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals in the area.

Members meet weekly at the group’s Valley Street office, which was robbed and vandalized last December. Despite extensive damage and monetary losses, the club has continued to serve its members. The group hosts various social gatherings, game nights, athletic leagues, and other activities aimed at building community.

The money raised through donations and ticket sales of “The Miracle Worker” will go toward replacing the money stolen and the equipment and furniture damaged during the December burglary. The club has been able to recover some equipment through some generous donations already, but they are still in need of support to continue their essential services to the community.

To add to the benefit aspect and theme of the play, the theater students also felt that they should try to reach an even wider audience. Therefore, the cast and crew agreed to add an extra matinee performance that would include signing. They sought the help of Jean Adkinson, Centerville High School’s ASL teacher. Adkinson graciously agreed, so she and Jennifer Dodge, a CHS graduate and student in Adkinson’s class, will sign the afternoon performance for deaf viewers. The students look forward to the added performance, the opportunity to raise awareness, and the chance to offer their help to a community in need.

The cast and crew of “The Miracle Worker” would sincerely like to thank Adkinson and Dodge for their time, support and dedication to the production. They would also like to thank Chris Drake, director, and Mike Cordonnier, technical director, for all of their devotion, guidance and expertise throughout the play’s production.