This year, Clarence High School will present William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker." Based on the true story of Annie Sullivan's success at teaching deaf and blind Helen Keller, it was an extremely difficult project to take on.

Directed by Frank Aquillina, three student directors and three assistant student directors, the play has been rehearsed to near perfection. Because of the extensive use of sign language in the play, Marilyn Koszarek, a sign language interpreter for 12 years, was brought in to instruct the chorus of "blind" children in the art of signing.

"The main reason I wanted to help the girls was because, when done accurately, sign language becomes a very beautiful and multidimensional way to communicate," said Koszarek.

Junior Mackenzie Dudzik, who will portray Sullivan, and sophomore Courtney Cotter, playing Helen, also sign a great deal throughout the play.

The play will be held in the Clarence High School auditorium, 9625 Main St., Clarence, at 7 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday. Tickets are $8. For information, call 407-9040 or visit

Danielle Grimm is a sophomore at Clarence High School.