The fall play held at the Fairfield Community Arts Center was a complete success! Take a look at the program!

An illness renders an infant blind, deaf, and consequently mute. Pitied and badly spoiled by her parents, the child is taught no discipline and grows into a wild and angry child in control of the household. Trapped in a silent world of darkness, she is unable to communicate, and her desperate family hires a young woman to serve as governess and teacher for their daughter. After several fierce battles, she manages to teach the bitter-filled child discipline through persistence and language through hand signals, a breakthrough that changes the little girl’s life forever. The once volatile relationship turned into a friendship which lasted a lifetime. We know this story as the bond between Helen Keller and her beloved teacher, Annie Sullivan. Helen said later in life, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

 

This October, the CCS theatre department will be performing The Miracle Worker written by William Gibson. The students are excited about the opportunity to tell such a well-known and powerful story of perseverance. Anne Sullivan said, “People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.” This quote is the backbone of why this was chosen as the Fall play. This production will bring to life the battle we all know about, which redeemed the brokenness Helen Keller lived in before language was at her fingertips. Once she awakened, her brilliant mind could not be stopped, but if it were not for the courage and pain Anne Sullivan went through for the sake of this untamed child, Helen would not have achieved all she did in life. Above all, Anne Sullivan held onto hope, and for that, we tell this story.