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Fairfield Residents Star In 'Miracle Worker' At Westport Community Theatre

Sam Mink, Erica Evelti and John Pyron in the WCT production of The Miracle Worker. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Emma LaPlace as Annie Sullivan and Nora Watson as Helen Keller in the WCT production of The Miracle Worker. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Fairfield residents Emma LaPlace and John Pyron star in the production of "The Miracle Worker" currently running at the Westport Community Theatre.

The play tells the story of a young Helen Keller. Though she was deaf, blind and mute as a child, Keller eventually achieved many notable accomplishments as author, political activist and lecturer and lived the latter part of her life in Easton.

The play's director is Richard Mancini. Mancini directed last season’s "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at WCT, and previously "The Crucible," "The Woman In Black," "The Women," "Orson’s Shadow," among other productions.

“We are excited to produce this family-oriented show during the holidays. Audiences will be inspired by this powerful story that tugs at one’s heartstrings," Mancini said.

LaPlace plays the young Annie Sullivan while Nora Watson, a fourth grader from Stratford stars as Helen Keller. Pyron plays Anagnos, doctor to the young Helen Keller.

LaPlace is a senior at Fairfield Ludlow High School and has performed in "Rabbit Hole" and "Arcadia" with WCT and is a member of Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage/Children’s Companies and Fairfield Teen Theatre.

Watson, a student of dance and voice, is making her debut at WCT. She has enjoyed roles in "Oliver," "Annie," "A Christmas Carol" and "Gypsy."

Cast members include Erica Evelti, Glenn Ghirardi, Tondrea Mabins, Sam Mink, Elayne Mordoff, and Dene Whitaker. Ann Baker is stage manager.

The show runs through Sunday, Dec. 13. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at or by calling (203) 226-1983.

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