Thursday, July 2, 2020
The cast and crew of The Miracle Worker got together after the matinee performance for a group photo. Back row, left to right, Ashtyne Avery, Emma Esplan, Alex Gruber, Dasmine Marquardt, Sydnee Sawyer, Raymond Anderson, Josh Crofton; Row 2 -  Director Karen Kleinwort, Bennet Ruhland, Morgan Pluto, Cory Utech, Tess Zastrow, Julianne Auer, Connor Kleinwort, Hanna Strom, Director Anne Schreiber; Row 3 - Isabella Selthun, Mary Zill, Paris Ellingson, Jasmine Bolster, Lena Moe; Front Row - Kaitlyn Krupa, Colton M

Triton play has successful run

This year’s fall show at Triton was the award-winning play “The Miracle Worker,” directed Karen Kleinwort and Anne Schreiber.

All involved considered it a very successful run, said Schreiber.

The cast and crew performed at a senior citizen matinee on Nov. 5, followed by the general admission performances on Nov. 7-9. Each show had a great crowd, and attendance numbers showed an increase from last year.  

Overall, “The Miracle Worker” presented some unique challenges and experiences for this year’s cast and crew, Schreiber said.

One challenge was blocking, and in one particular scene, the characters Helen and Annie had an extended fight scene that was so physical that both actresses had to wear knee pads; chairs were broken and food was scattered all over the stage.

Another interesting challenge was that the actors had to learn not only their lines, but also the ALS (American Sign Language) alphabet.

One student in this situation was Tess Zastrow, who played the role of Annie Sullivan; she commented that “this play was a challenge, but it was also very meaningful!”

And lastly, there were a few specific props that were difficult, at first, to configure. One such prop was that the actors needed a pump with water coming out of. Thankfully, a few community members (and former students) were able to lend their expertise.  

Ultimately, the cast and crew were excited to showcase all the hard work they put in to this memorable story, Schreiber said.

Senior Cory Utech, who played the part of Helen Keller’s father, said “this production was nothing but fun to rehearse and be a part of, and the cast and crew were very proud and excited to put on such a performance.” Paris Ellingson, a fellow senior who played the part Helen Keller, added, “[This] was my first play and the overall experience was amazing!”

Paris added, in a sentiment echoed by all who came to see it, “The Miracle Worker is a very powerful and emotional play!”


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