Baldwinsville Helen Keller inspired with these words “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much," while Vincent Van Gogh said, “Great things are done by a series of small things coming together.” These two concepts merge as art brought to life and life imitating art in the debut of “Helen Keller,” the compelling story of a deaf/blind child (performed by Baldwinsville’s Sophie Greene) taking center stage in a fresh adaptation of the classic story at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. in Fulton.
These leading words are also putting organizations dedicated to the unique needs of the visually and hearing impaired in the spotlight. With these issues central to the story of Helen Keller, Fulton’s Lions Club has partnered with CNY Arts Center for a sponsored performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the organization to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against the darkness.” Information about the Lions Club ongoing work for the blind will be featured and eyeglass collection boxes will be available throughout the run of Helen Keller, which closes on May 5.
Interpreters from Whole Me, Inc. will sign the 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, matinee for the benefit of the hearing impaired. The non profit organization Whole Me, Inc. works to “ensure that the children and their families have the tools and knowledge necessary to form solid relationships with each other, their schools, their peers and their communities.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with organizations whose work is dedicated to the unique challenges for vision and hearing impaired individuals,” said Nancy Fox, director. “It puts the experience of live theater within reach of everyone and honors the legacy of Helen Keller.”
Performances of “Helen Keller” will be at 8 p.m. May 3 and 4 and at 2 p.m. May 5 in the Arts Center located in the Methodist Church at 357 State St., Fulton. Visit cnyartscenter.com for tickets.