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You’ll be richly rewarded | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor:
Please run, do not walk, to one of the final showings of “The Miracle Worker” at South Whidbey High School auditorium this weekend, 7 p.m. Friday, March 12 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 13. You will be richly rewarded. The story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, provides one of the finest stage experiences anywhere; funny, painful, sad, heroic.
Last year, those of you who enjoyed “The Odd Couple,” Don Wodjenski’s first play as a director here at South Whidbey, will see how far his program has come in one year. He could not have done it without the help of some other professionals — the set design by Lon Peterman, our longtime stage builder guru, beautiful period costuming provided by Julie Cunha, always excellent sound and lighting with a number of very special effects commandeered by Jeff Greene, truly professional production details organized and carried out by Kathleen Landel, with the daily overtime help of longtime “production-assistant-in-her spare-time” high school secretary Jennifer Hagerman, and from yours truly as needed (oh, the joys of being a “producer emeritus”).
I have never been part of such a serene, well-run backstage. And when Alicia Kurfman of Langley Spa and Salon volunteered during the last week of rehearsal to come in and transform the actors with makeup and hair details, the stage was truly set.
Finally, what Don, a miracle worker in his own right, has done with the actors has been magical — only a couple of the students are seasoned players. In three shows, they have transformed themselves into true living, breathing characters, not just kids reciting some lines they have memorized. I know the final two shows will be beyond what happened this first weekend.
And now Don has a group, including excellent student tech and stagehands, with whom he can work and really rebuild the drama program over the next few years.
Hope you can make it.