A scene from the Wetumpka Depot Players’ production of “The Miracle Worker.” Pictured, from left, Elizabeth Bowles (Annie Sullivan) and Miette Crim (Helen Keller). Photo by Peggy Blackburn
A scene from the Wetumpka Depot Players’ production of “The Miracle Worker.” Pictured, from left, Elizabeth Bowles (Annie Sullivan) and Miette Crim (Helen Keller). Photo by Peggy Blackburn

Depot brings story of Keller, Sullivan to life

Published 8:58am Monday, February 3, 2014

The poignant story of Helen Keller and her dedicated teacher Annie Sullivan unfolded on the Wetumpka Depot Theatre stage Thursday during opening night of the Depot Players’ production of “The Miracle Worker.”

William Gibson’s Tony Award-winning drama is the first offering of the Players’ 34th season.

“We lost three very important final rehearsals because of the cold and icy weather,” said Kristy Meanor, theatre executive director. “Despite those challenges the company pulled off their own miracle last night and wowed the audience with a strong opening night performance.”

The three-act production held audience members spellbound as they watched Keller, blind and deaf from infancy, learn to communicate through the tireless efforts of Sullivan.

Stephen Dubberley, a Depot Theatre veteran, is director of the production.

“Even if you’ve seen this play or movie I think you’ll discover things you don’t remember or didn’t notice,” Dubberley told the audience. “I know I did.”

Remaining performance dates are Feb. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and online. Box office hours are Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or tickets may be reserved by calling 334-868-1440 or by visiting www.wetumpkadepot.com.

The Feb. 7 performance will featured something that’s new for a Depot production – signing for the deaf and hearing-impaired.

“I’m really excited about that,” said Meanor. “I think it will be a great addition.”

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