‘Miracle’ working its way to Pitt

Montana Repertory Theatre to present play

| Audrey Dighans copy editor |

Pitt State’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PALS) is at it again. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, PALS brings the Montana Repertory Theatre to Memorial Auditorium for a single performance of “The Miracle Worker.”
The play chronicles the relationship between Helen Keller, blind and deaf since infancy, and her tutor, Anne Sullivan.
“People are always surprised to see the use of multimedia in this show,” said Colton Hochhalter, company manager for the Montana Repertory Theatre. “The powerful images combined with the stellar performers make for awe-inspiring moments of story telling.”
The Montana Repertory Theatre was established as a professional touring company in 1967. The company employs actors in training from the University of Montana, recent graduates and professionals from the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), a labor union representing more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States.
“‘The Miracle Worker’ was selected because PALS strives to achieve a balance between lectures, music and theater performances,” said Eva Sager, programing coordinator for campus activities. “Pitt State is in the path Montana Rep. is touring this year and the play they’re performing has a story many different age groups know of and may find appealing.”
Sager added that many people know who Helen Keller is from hearing about her, but it will be a different experience for most members of the audience to see her story unfold before them with real people instead of reading about her in a book.
“We have high expectations for the performance,” Sager said. “This is a nationally touring troupe and they are sure to demonstrate a richly told story with characters the audience is able to connect to and emotion they will feel.”
Hochhalter says Montana Rep. is thrilled to bring this production from the heart of the Rockies to Pittsburg.
“This is a remarkable story based on true life events,” he said. “It’s a brave story and an American classic. People of all ages can and enjoy it.”
Tickets for “The Miracle Worker” are free to PSU students, $12 for the general public and $7 for PSU faculty/staff, senior citizens and children under the age of 17. Tickets may be purchased from the PSU ticket office located in the Weede.

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