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Addison Fortin, Crown Writer and Photographer

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The staff, actors, and actresses of this play are anxiously waiting to show the student body the final product that they have worked weeks for. The Cast and Crew for this year’s Fall Play decided that they want to try something new, something that hasn’t been performed ta Marian for many years. The Cast and Crew have been carefully making sure that they have done everything in their power to make this unconventional play the best that they can. This year’s play is based on the life of Helen Keller at a young age of 6. Keller is being taught by her instructor, Annie Sullivan, the meanings of words for the first time. The title of this year play is “ The Miracle Worker.” This play comes with a more serious tone, which means that students must prepare for a more character depth and layers in this type of the play. They must get a better understanding of their parts and how these people truly lived their lives.

Marian students put in weeks of effort in order to create the best play they can. Students dedicated endless hours throughout the week, depending on how close they are to opening night. Students that are in tech even have to come in on Saturdays to continue to build the set and focus the lighting. The movement of the students is carefully choreographed by the faculty directors, Ms. Gallagher and Mrs. Connell. The first week or two of rehearsals comes with a lot of excitement and nervousness as the actors/actresses start to run through the play and memorize their lines. Students have to really get to know their character so they can truly get into their lives.

Students with lead roles in the play like Amanda Hoople, who plays Helen Keller, and Krystal Wolak, who plays Annie Sullivan, have a stronger role in the play which comes with a lot of responsibility.  Annie Sullivan taught Helen Keller how to communicate without speaking. Senior Krystal Wolak commented on her last fall play at Marian, “Overall, it’s an amazing experience. Being able to be a part of a group of talented actors and actresses makes your role seem irrelevant. Everyone is equal.” She believes that everyone is equal in this play no matter what part they have, small or big. Some students get more nervous than others but everyone seems to come together and help each other out with anything they need, like a family. Everyone has a big part in making this play the best they can, from the lead role to the smallest role, to the tech crew.

Overall, it’s an amazing experience. Being able to be a part of a group of talented actors and actresses makes your role seem irrelevant. Everyone is equal.” She believes that everyone is equal in this play no matter what part they have, small or big”

— Krystal Wolak (12)

Nerves only increase for students who are performing in their first play at Marian, like Junior Danny Truckenbrod. Truckenbrod was very excited to be able to be in his first play, “I was a little nervous at first going into the play, but now I am feeling very confident with my lines under the direction of my awesome director, Mrs. Connell.” Truckenbrod (11) may be acting in his first play at Marian, but he seemed confident about how the play will go. No matter how nervous the new students get they always feel more confident with the help and support of their fellow actors/actresses and directors.

This is only the start of the craziness that comes with being in the play. This week rehearsals are starting the mic checks which will increase the responsibilities of the tech crew. According to students, rehearsals have been running smoothly, but they know they will only get crazier the closer they get to opening night. Students eagerly wait for the opening night while the actors and actresses anxiously memorize their lines and prepare for the big night. The actors/actresses in this play were very excited to show the Marian students how much their hard work and dedication pays off. Tech Week’s rehearsals ran longer in length in preparation for opening night, which took place November 17, 2017.  As audiences packed the house for the show weekend of November 17-19 and left feeling the love and compassion that Annie Sullivan brought to the Keller household in this heart-warming performance.

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