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Experience the Miracle

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Emily Vaughan as Kate Keller and Victoria Montes-Bradley as Helen Keller. / October 12, 2017
For Emily Vaughan, The Miracle Worker is a story of resilience and love.

When she thinks of her character Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker, she can’t help but think of her mother and grandmother, and how they wouldn’t ever give up on her just as Kate doesn’t give up on her daughter Helen.

She’s part of the team recreating William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker based on the young life of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan at The Prizery. The stage version is similar to the original version starring Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft.

It’s only Vaughan’s second time working in a Prizery production, the first being a dinner theatre, Death By Dessert.

Kate, as described by Vaughan, is a sweet, tender-hearted person who is very strong in faith and who has complete unconditional love for her daughter and family.

“What I love so much about this play is that it has strong female characters who don’t give up on her. It shows if you want something bad enough anything is possible, “ said Vaughan.

As soon as she heard director Chris Jones had chosen this play, she jumped at the possibility.

It was one of her favorite stories growing up.

With characters like Kate Keller, Captain Arthur H. Keller, Annie Sullivan, Aunt Ev, the Anagnos, they bring together a story of overcoming obstacles that she’s always enjoyed.

“It’s like their overcoming this giant wall. They’re all disconnected from this person who they love and they’re finally able to connect, “ said Vaughan.

Throughout her time working on the play at The Prizery, she has enjoyed working with her castmates who are “so different from their character but yet so much alike.”

“I am so proud of the cast and crew for their hard work they’ve put into the play. It’s been a joy getting to know them, and once again, I’m amazed at the beautiful work Chris can do,” Vaughan added.

“I think the audience will see the compassion shared amongst these characters and know that with hard work and love, anything is possible.”

She hopes everyone will come and “experience the miracle.”

The show opens Friday, Oct. 20 starting at 7:30 p.m. Performances continue Oct. 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m., and on Oct. 22 and 29 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available at The Prizery box office by calling 434-572-8339, online at or in person at 700 Bruce Street in South Boston.

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