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International Thespian Society Troupe 213 Presents

Assistant Director Projectionist

Produced & Directed by:

Co- Director

Tom Weaver

Sandi Makofsky

Peter Gambino Set/Lighting Designer

Costume Designer

Mirror Editor

Tom Weaver

Noel Davis

Rick Friedman

Box Office Manger

Hair/ Make-up Design

Administrative Assistants

Selena Accardi

Debra Faye

Bernie O’Connor/ John Burns

Sound Advisor

Showcase/Program Photographer

House Manager

Marc Warfel

Dawn Zaleski

Bill Kovnat

Digital/Video taping of this production is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all cell phones. Flash attachments to cameras are strictly prohibited in consideration with the safety of the actors. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Κεωιν, (Αναγνοσ), Ιτ’σ αλλ Γρεεκ το με! Danny, from stage hand, to properties manager, to Asst. stage mgr…congrats on another successful run! Break a leg, Kev, Danny, and the whole cast and crew of “The Miracle Worker”! XO, Mom, Dad, and Ryan


Red Cast

White Cast

Leah Levin …………. Helen Keller ……….. Courtney Bird …………. Annie Sullivan …………. Elizabeth Hallinan …………. Kate Keller …………. Justin Accardi …………. Captain Keller …………. Brett Fox …………. James Keller …………. Danya Trommer …………. Aunt Ev …………. Cedric Middleton …………. Anagnos …………. Bethelly Jean-Louis …………. Viney …………. Jared Camacho …………. Percy …………. Nala Jackson …………. Martha …………. Seth Treiman …………. A Doctor …………. Spencer Levy ………. Jimmie Sullivan ………. Kathryn Quay ………. Flashback Voice ………. Pixel Breslow …………. Belle ………….

Hannah Lehrfeld Jackie Orlando Ashley Cooper Harrison Smith Ezra Nugiel Katherine Trauger Kevin Naddeo Annie Lipsett Jayson Borenstein Maureen Garafano Allison Shapiro Spencer Levy Jack Granite Pixel Breslow

Blind Children Sarah Vetesi Tori Ruth Adiel Davis Emma Myer Cameron Orefice Haley Lopez Cate Harding Elise Baratta Allison Shapiro Morgan Pierce Ryan O’Donell Sung Kwang Oh Kriswel Rivera Seth Treiman

…………. Beatrice …………. …………. Alice …………. …………. Smallest Child …………. …………. Blind Child #4 …………. …………. Blind Child #5 …………. …………. Blind Child #6 …………. …………. Blind Child #7 …………. …………. Blind Child #8 …………. …………. Blind Child #9 …………. …………. Julia …………. …………. Crone #1 …………. …………. Crone #2 …………. …………. Crone #3 …………. …………. Crone #4 ………….

Cassie Cuddihy Spencer Lincoln Aliza Kotzen Amanda Kahn Isabel Kaufman Arianne Martin Jackie Cotter Sophia Borowsky Allison Shapiro Melissa Meltzer Jackson Feudtner Vincent Velasco Jake Hoffman John Schultz

Flaskback Asylum Crones Sarah Vetesi Tori Ruth Adiel Davis Emma Myer Cameron Orefice Haley Lopez Cate Harding Elise Baratta

Cassie Cuddihy Spencer Lincoln Aliza Kotzen Amanda Kahn Isabel Kaufman Arianne Martin Jackie Cotter Sophia Borowsky

Congratulations

HANNAH LEHRFELD on your role as Helen and the entire cast and crew! Love, Mom, Dad & Chloe


Production Stage Manager………..…………………………………………………………Allison Donahue Assistant Stage Managers…………………………………………………Taryn Rumell, Danny Naddeo Student Technical Directors………………………………………….Ethan Arcaroli, Chris Nothnagel Assistant Student Technical Directors………………….………………………Jeff Haaz, Ben Vaupen Scenic Artist................................................................................................Sam Brenner Sound Designers…………………..………………..Hunter Berkowitz, Ian Miclellan, Lucas Warfel Master Electrician………………………………………………..………………………………….Naomi Burton Master Carpenters………………………………………………..………………………………Adam Kriesman Properties Managers………………………………………….……….….Danny Naddeo, Hunter Hilario Showcase Designer………………………………………………..……………Jake Ropka, Allison Shapiro Publicity Manager…………………………………………….….………………………………………Ezra Nugiel Wardrobe Managers…………………………………………….…………………Gabi Stall, William Lewis Assistant Master Carpenters………….…………….…Kevin Stankiewitz, Sammie Schottenfeld Assistant Master Electricians.……………………Brian Aylesworth, Julia Holtzman, Erin Quay Assistant Scenic Artist…………………………………………………………………………………Shani Hemo Assistant Wardrobe Manager……….……………………………….Sadie Donahue, Tiana Atkinson Paint Charges…………………………………….………………………..……..Ilana Arougheti, Shina Park Assistant Sound Engineers………………………………………….….Jacob Bloom, Ali Armendinger General Lighting Crew…………………………………………................................Pennina Oanono Make-Up Manager……………………………………………………………………………………….Ari Bicking General Costume Crew……………………………………………….Marisa Weinberg, Nicole Schmitt General Crew………Ashley Liu, Bryanna Petrino, Maia Venuti, Zoe Benson, Vrinda Vinod, Kristen Furlow, Katerina Maslak, Jasmine Nop, Debbie Goldberg, Shaina Kramer, Aidan Myer, Paige Myers, Alyssa Meter, Michael Kumnick, Jane Lipsett, Vivian Gao, Eli Vaupen, Jessica Schwartzman, Andrayan Holkes, Jenna Camacho, Alicia Consenza, Lee Kotzen, Erin Butler, Nathaniel Jean-Louis, Elise Baratta Company Managers……………………..……Justin Accardi, Cedric Middleton, Spencer Lincoln Student Music Designer……………………………………………….……………………..……Justin Accardi

Time: The 1880’s Place: In and around the Keller homestead in Tuscumbia, Alabama; also, briefly, the Perkins Institution for the Blind, in Boston.

The director would like to thank, The Board Of Education, Central Administration, Dr. Dennis Perry, Mr. Mathew LaGrou, Mr. Bernie O’Connor, Dr. John Burns, Ms. Donean Chinn-Parker, Mr. C.J. Davis, Mrs. Marsha Pecker, and staff for supporting the Performing Arts. The Maintenance Staff: Joe Sutton, John Doyle, Anthony Lindor. The A/V Department: Mrs. Louise Head. Secretaries: Mrs. Cecilia Eiola, Jane Abo, Mrs. Debbie Jastrow, and Johanna Scott. The Director is personally grateful to all the parents who were gracious enough in so many ways. They have assisted in costumes, props, cooking meals for the cast and crew, giving dozens of rides to their kids and friends, so on and so forth. Special thanks to the Breslow family for lending us your beautiful dog Pixel. A heartfelt thank you to the talented production staff, who have shown so much patience in teaching over 100 student actors and technicians the “Art’ of good theater. A special thank you to Sandi Makofsky, and Pete Gambino for helping in so many ways to direct this wonderful play: the production value is so much better because of you. Noel Davis, your costumes are once again, brilliant. Rick Friedman, as always the MIRROR continues to be the best program in High School Theater. Deb Faye, your make-up and hair designs are so believable. And Bill Kovnat, your showcase pictures make us all look good. A very special thank you to Val Aylesworth and the Theater boosters for dinners, refreshments, flowers, souvenir sales, and the box office. Please Patronize Advertisers: When and wherever you shop, please consider these local merchants first. Their support of our young people make these things possible.


The Cast Biographies Annie Lipsett (Viney-White) A senior, Annie finds it inspiring to be a part of The Miracle Worker. Recent credits include: One Acts 2016 (Director- A Funny Way of Showing It), The Tempest (Iris), Our Town (Josephine Stoddard), and Flowers for Algernon (Mrs. Mooney). Annie would like to dedicate her performance in loving memory of her grandmother, Judith Shuttleworth. Aliza Kotzen (Smallest Child-White) A freshman, Aliza is excited to be a part of such an incredible cast! Past credits include: Jane Banks (Mary Poppins), Flounder (The Little Mermaid), Sherrie (Get Bill Shakespeare Off the Stage!) Love to family. Ashley Cooper (Kate Keller-White) A senior, Ashley is so excited to be performing in her final fall show at East! Recent Credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), The Tempest (Gonzala), This is a Test (Teacher), Aida (Nehebka). Ashley is also a proud member of Stay Tuned, Key of She and East Singers. Tori Ruth (Alice/Asylum Crone-Red) A sophomore, Tori is excited to be taking part in her first mainstage show at East. She is also a member of Bridge Tutoring, GSA, and Chansons. Previous credits include Get Bill Shakespeare Off the Stage and Seussical. Jayson Borenstein (Percy-White) A sophomore, Jayson is thrilled to be in his 3rd show at East. Recent credits include Lab Theatre '16 (Tony) and Titanic the Musical (Etches). He is also in Concert Choir. Spencer Adair Lincoln (Alice/ Asylum Girl-White) A senior, Spencer is so thrilled to be a part of the play The Miracle Worker. Her previous shows include Beauty and the Beast, The Tempest, Mary Poppins, and Anything Goes. She is a proud member of the Mime Company at Cherry Hill East. She would like to thank her parents for always driving her to and from rehearsals, and thank you to her sister and her friends for supporting her. Congrats to the cast and crew on this amazing show! Courtney Bird (Annie Sullivan-Red) A junior, Courtney’s Recent credits are: Morticia Addams (The Addams Family), Vivienne Kensington (Legally Blonde), and Silly Girl (Beauty and the Beast.) She is also a member of the Thespian Society and Stay Tuned. Courtney would like to dedicate her performance to her family and friends for all their love and support. Spencer Levy (Jimmie Sullivan-Red/White) A sophomore, Spencer is excited to be performing in his third Mainstage at East. Past credits include: Lab Theatre ’15 & ’16, Titanic (Frederick Fleet), Beauty & The Beast (Chip). Spencer would like to thank his family and friends for their support. Break a leg everyone! Maureen Garafano (Martha-White): A junior, Maureen is excited to be in her third Mainstage performance at East. Recent credits include: Titanic (Madame Aubert), Beauty and the Beast, and Anything Goes. She is also a member of Chansons and a Marcia Hyland dancer. She is thankful for this great experience. Elizabeth Hallinan (Kate Keller-Red) A senior, is excited to be performing in her last fall show! Recent credits include Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts). She is also a member of The Belles of East, New Jersey’s All South and State Choirs. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support. Bethelly Jean-Louis (Viney-Red) A senior, Bethelly is very excited to be in her 5th Mainstage production at East. Past credits include The Tempest (Miranda), One Acts (This Is A Test and A Moment in Time), and Our Town. Bethelly is also Thespian Society Secretary. She wishes the cast and crew the best of luck! Sarah Vetesi (Beatrice-Red) A senior, Sarah is thrilled to be in her last East play. Recent credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) and The Other Room (Lily). Hannah Lehrfeld (Helen Keller-White) A sophomore, Hannah is so thankful to be a part of this incredible production, and cannot wait to continue with East Theatre in the future! Past credits: Lab Theatre 2016 (Mrs. Stockton), Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble), and One Acts 2015 (Nicole). Cassie Cuddihy (Beatrice/Crone - White) A sophomore. Recent Credits: Get Bill Shakespeare Off the Stage (Fran Caldwell). Cassie is a part of Voce, CHE Mime Company, and All State Chorus.


The Cast Biographies Kathryn Quay (Asylum Voice) A junior, Kathryn is delighted to be in her 6th Mainstage production. Recent credits include Titanic: The Musical (Charlotte Cardoza) and One Acts. She is also a member of Stay Tuned, All State Choir and All South Jersey Choir. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support. Cedric Middleton (Anagnos-Red) A senior, Recent Credits include Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), Caliban (The Tempest), and One Acts. He is also a member of Stay Tuned, Mime Company, Film Club and Thespian Society. He would like to dedicate his performance to his family for all of their love and support. Jack Granite (Flashback Voice) A Sophomore, Jack is excited for his Second Fall Play at Cherry Hill East! Past Credits include The Other Room (Christian), Seussical (The Cat in The Hat), and Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson) Ezra Nugiel (James Keller – White) A senior, Ezra is so excited to be participating in his 4th and final Fall Play at East. Recent credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), The Tempest (Ferdinand), and Our Town (George Gibbs). Ezra is Publicity Chair of Thespian Society Troupe 213 and a Mime Company manager. He would like to thank his friends and family for their support! Kevin Naddeo-(Anagnos-White) a sophomore, Recent credits include Ed Summers (Get Bill Shakespeare Off The Stage), Mr. Guggenheim (Titanic) and Monsieur D’Arque (Beauty and the Beast.) He is also a member of Stay Tuned. Kevin would like to dedicate his performance to his friends and family. Brett Fox (James Keller-Red): Brett is excited to be performing in his 5th mainstage at East. Recent credits include: Anything Goes (Sailor 2) The Little Peasant (Parson), The Robber Bridegroom (Miller), and One Acts 2016. Nala Jackson (Martha-Red) A freshman, Nala is very excited about her first show at East. Past credits include: Get Bill Shakespeare Off the Stage, Alice and Wonderland Jr., and The Little Mermaid Jr. Leah Levin (Helen Keller-Red) A sophomore, Leah is very excited to be a part of this amazing production. Past Credits include: Lab Theatre'16 (Joan), One Acts'16, and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). She is also a member of Chansons. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their incredible support. Jared Camacho (Percy-Red) A senior, is ecstatic to be playing Percy in his last fall show! You may have recently seen him as Dan Schwartz ( 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee), Lefou ( Beauty and The Beast) , or in the One acts Play Festival. He also enjoys singing in East Singers,Concert Choir, Voce, and Stay Tuned ! He has thoroughly enjoyed " working miracles" throughout the show and hanging out with his friends. Morgan Pierce (House Keeper-Red) A freshman, Morgan is excited for her first fall play at east! Past credits include Alice in Wonderland (ensemble) Xanadu (Urania) and Get Bill Shakespeare Off The Stage (Noelle) Sung Kwang Oh (Crone-Red) A senior, Recent credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Tempest, and Godspell. Sung is also a proud member of SGA, Debate Team, and JSA. Justin Accardi (Captain Keller-Red) A senior, is overjoyed to be performing as Captain Keller in the Red Cast of his last fall play! Past credits include Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Anything Goes (Billy), and Aida (Mereb). Justin is also a member of Stay Tuned. Jackie Orlando (Annie Sullivan-White) A senior, is honored to be playing Annie Sullivan in the White Cast. Past credits include Beauty and the Beast, (Babette), The Tempest (Prospera), Anything Goes (Chastity), Our Town (Mrs. Webb), The Nutcracker (Spanish Lead). Jackie is the president of Thespian Society Troupe 213 for the 2016-2017 school year.


The Crew Biographies Allison Donahue- (Production Stage Manager, Junior) Allison is extremely excited (and nervous) to be stage managing her first mainstage at East. Recent credits include: Cindy (Fighting Demons) and Assistant Stage Managing The Tempest & Beauty and The Beast. She is also a member of Thespian Society, East Singers, and Stay Tuned! Sam Brenner- (Scenic Artist, Senior) Sam is so excited, and sad, to be working his last fall play. He is most proud of his work on: Aida, Anything Goes, The Tempest, and Beauty and the Beast. He would never base coat the fact that he is grateful for his friends and family for all their love and support. And he cannot wait to (quite literally) paint the town in Ragtime! He would also like to thank all of his paint charges especially, Shani (he couldn’t have done it without you!). Ethan Arcaroli- (Assistant Student Technical Director, Senior) Ethan is ecstatic to be working on his final fall show as Assistant Student Technical Director. Recent credits include: Anything Goes, The Tempest (Master Carpenter), Beauty and the Beast (Master Carpenter), and One Acts 2016 (Technical Director). Ethan is excited to see what the rest of the year holds. Jeffery Haaz- (Assistant Student Technical Director, Senior) Jeffery is delighted to be working on The Miracle Worker this fall. Recent credits include Lab Theater, One Acts, Flowers for Algernon, Aida, Our Town, Anything Goes, The Tempest, and Beauty and the Beast. He is extremely excited to be Assistant Technical Director for The Miracle Worker. Hunter Berkowitz- (Sound Designer, Senior) Hunter has been involved in stage crew since his freshman year. He is now the sound designer and sound engineer. Since his Freshman year has participated in many shows such as Aida, Our Town, Flowers for Algernon, The Tempest and Beauty and the Beast to name a few. Hunter is excited to continue stage crew into his senior year. Lucas Warfel- (Sound Designer, Junior) Lucas has been apart of stage crew since his sophomore year. He's had the opportunity to be apart of the crew for 2 main stages at east including "The Tempest" and "Beauty and the Beast". Lucas would like the thank Mr. Weaver and Mr. Gambino for keeping sound crew in check and his support for Lucas to be a sound engineer. Also Lucas would like the thank the other Sound crew members, Hunter, Ian, Ali, and Jacob. A special shout to Lucas' father (Mr. Warfel) for helping countless times with east's sound and teaching Lucas everything he knows. Gabriela Stahl- (Wardrobe Manager + Hair and Makeup Manager, Senior) Gabi is comPLEATly happy to have worked on The Miracle Worker. Her past credits include: Aida, Our Town, Anything Goes, The Tempest, and Beauty and the Beast. She is BOBBIN with joy at the prospect of working on Ragtime! William Lewis- (Wardrobe Manager, Senior) William is excited to be involved in his fourth Mainstage production at east. Recent credits include: Anything Goes (Costume Tailor) and Beauty and the Beast (Costume Tailor). William would like to thank Noel and the other directors for their continued support and guidance, and the other costumers for making costume crew sew much fun. William would like to thank Naomi for writing his bio. PAPA! Adam Kriesman- (Master Carpenter, Junior) Adam is absolutely ecstatic to be working on his 5th Mainstage production here at East! Other credits include: Our Town Anything Goes, The Tempest, and Beauty and the Beast. He would like to thank Ethan Arcaroli for all of the rides home. Shani Hemo- (Assistant Scenic Artist, Sophomore) Shani joined stage crew her freshman year and as a sophomore has become the assistant scenic artist. She has participated in the previous production of The Tempest, Beauty and the Beast and this-years Get Bill Shakespeare off the Stage, and The Miracle Worker. Ilana Arougheti- (Paint Charge, Sophomore) Recent credits: Lab Theater 2015, The Tempest, Beauty and the Beast, One Acts 2016, Lab Theater 2016. She loves technical theater and is at her happiest when wet-blending, dry-brushing, and generally painting on the Cherry Hill East stage. Danny Naddeo- (Assistant Stage Manager/Prop Master, Senior) Danny is very excited to be working on another show for East. Recent credits include: Get Bill Shakespeare Off the Stage (Stage Manager/Prop Master), Beauty and The Beast (Prop Master) and The Tempest (Prop Master). Danny is grateful to be surrounded by an extremely talented cast and crew.


Who’s Who on the Staff Tom Weaver (Director, Producer, Set/Lighting Designer) is in his 40th year at Cherry Hill East HS.. Mr. Weaver has designed and/or technically directed every Mainstage show since 1977. He has also enjoyed directing a number of productions: Death of a Salesman, M*A*S*H*, Inherit the Wind, You Can’t Take It With You, The Man Who Came To Dinner, To See The Stars, Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible, Fiddler on the Roof, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Man of La Mancha, Pippin, A Christmas Carol, Singin’ In the Rain, The Skin Of Our Teeth, Peter Pan, Flowers for Algernon, Aida, Our Town, Anything Goes, The Tempest, and Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Weaver also created our East Lab Theater Program in 1984. Other duties include producing the East One Act Play Festival where the East Theater program has enjoyed “Best Play” honors many times in the tri-state festivals and also enjoys directing the East Mime Company, now in its 39th year. He is the advisor of the East Thespian Society Troupe 213. Outside of East Mr. Weaver’s directing or set design work can be seen at Mainstage Center for the Arts, where he just recently directed Titanic this past summer. He also has enjoyed designing many shows for Voorhees Theatre Company and Glassboro High School. Mr. Weaver is well known throughout the Delaware Valley where he has designed and directed over 400 shows. He has also been nominated for Best Set and Lighting Design by Paper Mill’s Rising Star Award program for his work here at East and Glassboro High School. Most recently, last year’s Fall production of The Tempest won “Best Overall Production in the state of New Jersey” at the 2015-2016 Foxy Awards. “Mr. Weaver is a graduate of Rowan University (Glassboro State) with a BA degree in Speech and Theatre. He would like to say, with much love, thank you to his wife for supporting his love for theatre. Also a big hug to his children, Tom Jr., Erin and Aaron, Robert and Christine, and Caitlin. He is also the proud grandfather of Lilly, Maisie, Christopher, Charles Thomas, and Lylah.

Sandi Makofski (Co-Director) I guess you could say that Sandi has always had a flair for the dramatic. It’s in her DNA. Her grandfather was a Vaudevillian performer who began teaching her to tap at the age of 18 months. From that moment on, the highly energetic, overly dramatic child found her niche in life. Her passion for all things performance grew but so did her interest in working the opposite side of the audition table. She went to Montclair State University and after graduating with a BA in Speech and Theater Arts she made the switch from performing to working as part of the creative staff in both musicals and straight plays. She has worked as a freelance director/choreographer for many years and has loved every second of her job. The Miracle Worker has been a personal favorite of hers since playing the role of Kate Keller in college. The cast took on the enormous task of bringing this most poignant and important story to the public and did so with diligence and integrity. She couldn’t be more proud of their achievement! A special thanks to Mr. Weaver. His dedication to educating and caring for his students and perpetuating theater as a vital art form is second to none.


Who’s Who on the Staff Noel Davis (Costume Designer) This is Noel’s 12th year as costume designer for Cherry Hill High School East. Noel has also designed costumes for regional theaters and community theaters in the South Jersey area. Noel was a Papermill Play House Rising Star nominee in 2003 for Les Miserables. Noel is thrilled to be working with the students of Cherry Hill East. She is delighted to see students acquiring costuming and sewing skills that will be useful to them throughout their lives. Noel holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a New Jersey School Nurse Certificate. She holds a full time position as a school nurse for YALE Schools. As always, Noel would like to thank all the parent volunteers for their assistance with the big endeavor of creating costumes for The Miracle Worker.

Debra M. Faye (Make-Up Designer and Coordinator) has a B.A. in theatre from the University of Maine and a M.A. in theatre from the University of Connecticut. A theatre generalist with more than 25 years experience, Debra has worked as a theatre teacher, designer, director, actor, and make-up artist. Her teaching credentials include The Taft School in Watertown, CT; Westtown School in Westtown, PA, and the University of Connecticut at Storrs. In addition to her work on various productions here at EAST over the last five years, Debra also is the Make up Designer and Coordinator for Mainstage Center for the Arts. She has worked for various professional, regional, community, and educational theatres in the area, including the Ritz Theatre in Oakland, the Adrienne, and Walnut Street Theatres (Studio) in Philadelphia. In addition to her commercial and film work, Debra teaches workshops in stage make up for various high schools throughout the tri-state area. One of her latest projects was partnering with BRUCE PRODUCTIONS and the American Cancer Society to create zombie make up for THE ZOM PROM in Wilmington, DE.

Peter Gambino (Assistant Director and Projectionist) has worked as a writer, filmmaker, graphic artist and technical assistant. In 2011 he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University, Camden. Since then he's taught screenwriting and video production at Rutgers and become involved with its theater program. In 2015, his projection work for Cherry Hill East's The Tempest earned a Foxy from Montclair State University for best Media Integration and Effects. His first novel is actively seeking publication, and his home is infested with guinea pigs.

1st place winner: SPENCER LEVY

2nd place winner: JUSTIN ACCARDI

Thank you so much!! Cherry Hill High School East Administration Principal: Dr. Dennis Perry Vice Principal: Dr. John Burns Vice Principal: Mr. Matthew La Grou Vice Principal: Ms. Donean Chinn-Parker Vice Principal: Mr. Bernie O’Connor Supervisor of English, Biology, and Science: Ms. Marsha Pecker Director of Guidance: Mr. Jim Riordan Cherry Hill Public Schools Administration Superintendent: Joseph Meloche Assistant Superintendent: Dr. Joseph Campisi Business Administration: Lynn E. Shugars Director of Pupil Services: LaCoyya Weathington Director of Curriculum: Farrah Mahan Director of Human Resources: Nancy Adrian Director of Support Operations: Don Bart Public Information Officer: Barbara Wilson

Board of Education – Board Members President: Carol Matlack Vice President: J. Barry Dickinson Jane Scarpellino Elliott Roth Eric Goodwin Ken Tomlinson, Jr. Kathy Judge Steven Robbins Lisa Saidel


CONGRATULATIONS

Congrats to another great show Jake Hoffman & Cast. Love Mom & Dad Jake Hoffman, Another great job in “The Miracle Worker” Love Mom, Dad & Mike

Congrats to our miraculous Percy, Jared on his last Fall play! Morgan Pierce, We are so proud of your hardwork! Mom & Dad Morgan P, Keep up your spirit! We love you! Mom & Dad Congrats, Pixel, on your East debut! Love Mom, Dad, Jack & Grace Break a leg to the cast and crew! Love, The Breslow Family


Κεωιν, (Αναγνοσ), Ιτ’σ αλλ Γρεεκ το με! Danny, from stage hand, to properties manager, to Asst. stage mgr…congrats on another successful run! Break a leg, Kev, Danny, and the whole cast and crew of “The Miracle Worker”! XO, Mom, Dad, and Ryan


Congratulations to our rock star that has dreams the size of a barge! From Mom, Dad and the family

CONGRATULATIONS Maureen Garafano and the entire cast and crew of The Miracle Worker LOVE MOM, DAD & ISABELLA GARAFANO WEALTH & TAX MANAGEMENT, LLC (856) 489-3363 WWW.GARAFANOWEALTH.COM


Theatre Supporters Edward & Debora Delario Linda O Donnell Ryan O Donnell Sean & Stephanie O Donnell Ryan ODonnell William Hood


Cherry Hill East’s production of GYPSY in March of 1978 marked the inception of “The Thespian Mirror” as the program magazine for productions at Cherry Hill School East produced by the International Thespian Society. The name is borrowed from the historical document discovered while researching in Theatre History classes. First published in 1805, the original was a critical journal by a young aspiring actor, John Howard Payne, who from the age of 14 and or the next 20 years became well known as a performer, playwright, and critic. He wrote 50-60 plays during his career. Of these, the best known include BRUTUS (1818) and CHARLES II (1824). He holds the prestigious position in history as America’s first internationally successful dramatist. Our program title seems fitting then as young aspiring actors before you tonight strive for the success which Payne proved possible even as a child prodigy and since we subscribe to Aristotle’s philosophy that good theatre must truly “mirror” our existence. We proudly celebrate 39 years of MIRROR as the program magazine for our mainstage productions. We thank our advertisers for making this what it is today!

I have been working for the Cherry Hill School District for 13 years and enjoy every second. I am the technology coordinator for Cherry Hill East H.S. I manage the servers and computers in the entire school. Also, I interact with the teachers, staff and students on a daily basis. I am always trying to determine a more proactive way to use technology more efficiently in the school. I am so excited that this is my 18th playbill being produced! It is true that time flies when you’re having fun! Working with Tom Weaver, the cast and the crew is such a blast as well as a huge learning experience. WHAT AN AMAZING TEAM! To my wife, Jaime of 26 years (whom I can’t thank enough for filling in at home for me while I’m creating the Mirror), sons Jordan-20, Hunter17 & Jake-17 really enjoy attending each show. I am dedicating this Mirror to my mom & dad, who both loved reading these books. To all the graduating students, I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors! Please stop back to visit. Mr. Weaver, it is truly a pleasure to work side by side with you and the students year after year! I look forward to many more years working with East’s AWESOME Thespian Society!


From the Dramaturge By: Harrison Smith Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. When she was only nineteen months old, Helen caught an “acute congestion of the stomach and brain.” Although this passed as quickly as she caught it, the disease left her both blind and deaf. Her parents, Arthur and Kate Keller, could do nothing by themselves to aid the child. They decided to take her to Dr. Alexander Graham Bell when Helen was six years old. Dr. Bell suggested they write to Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston. In response, twenty-year old Annie Mansfield Sullivan was sent to the Keller residence on March 3, 1887. Joanna Sullivan (called Annie, or Anne throughout her life) was born on April 14, 1866 in New York City. Her parents, Thomas and Alice Sullivan left Ireland for America due to the Great Famine in the 1840s. Although Annie had two sisters and two brothers, only she and James Sullivan survived. She had contracted trachoma, an eye disease that deteriorated her eyesight, while James had a tubercular hip. After her mother died and her father deserted the family, Annie and her brother went to live in the Tewksbury poorhouse. One day, the State Board of Charities arrived at the poorhouse, and before they could leave Annie approached them to plead for her to go to school. That plea was granted, and she was sent to Perkins Institution for the Blind. Despite surgeries that allowed her to read and sow, and constant humiliation from others about her past, she graduated with honors and was sent off to Helen Keller. With great determination, firmness and love, Sullivan taught Helen finger symbols for the sake of communication, but these meant nothing to Helen. Helen Keller finally “felt a misty consciousness” and could understand that a word means a thing after feeling the water pour out of a pump. From that point on, Keller learned to communicate through the manual alphabet and Braille. At age ten, Helen attended the Horace Mann School for the Deaf to learn to speak, hearing of the success of another deaf and blind Norwegian child. Hellen Keller learned to speak English, German, and French. She later attended the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf and the Cambridge School for Young Ladies, where she learned about astronomy, physics, history, and mathematics. She graduated, cum laude, from Radcliffe College in 1904. Helen Keller also promoted many social reforms that were meant to aid the handicapped in receiving better education. She also helped better the treatment for the blind, deaf, and mute, by ending the tradition of putting the deaf and blind in mental asylums. She toured around the world to give lectures, and published numerous articles in periodicals, starting a worldwide conversation about venereal diseases. Throughout all her accomplishments, Annie Sullivan accompanied Helen. Annie would spell college lectures and assignments into Keller’s hand, and would later join Helen on her lecture tours and help her fight against handicap inequality. Not even Annie’s marriage to John Albert Macy--the man who edited Helen’s autobiography, The Story of My Life--could come between the duo. In fact, the only thing that did separate the two was Sullivan’s death in 1936. Helen died in Westport, Connecticut, thirty-two years later, in 1968. Enjoy the show; but also, realize we are only showing you the beginning. The beginning of reform, of equality to the handicapped, and the beginning of a lifelong friendship between teacher and student; a friendship that did not bloom right away. "I knew then that `w-a-t-e-r' meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!"


The Miracle Worker  

Time: The 1880’s Place: In and around the Keller homestead in Tuscumbia, Alabama; also, briefly, the Perkins Institution for the Blind, in B...

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