A young actor is getting ready to perform in a local production of the play “Annie” next month, and there’s one thing that distinguishes this talented man from others sharing the stage with him — he’s blind.
Young, Blind Actor Performs in a Local Production of “Annie”
Mason Fessenden, a 16-year-old actor is performing for the first time with actors who can see. The video below is the local Southern California news coverage from ABC 7 Eyewitness News.
Mason Fessenden is an actor and sometimes what people don’t notice is that he’s blind.
“He was born three months early. There were times people told that he would never walk, he would never talk, he would never be able to read braille,” explained his mother, Martha Fessenden.
He’s proved his doctors wrong and although he can’t see, the 16-year-old can sing, act and play the piano.
“He’s great on stage and he sings really well,” said co-star Tessa Barkley. “He just lights up the room.”
This will be Mason’s first time sharing the stage with actors who can see, but his voice coach said she has no doubt in his ability and is even pushing him to dance.
Martha, one proud mother, said she’s confident the world hasn’t seen anything yet. She expects Mason to continue wowing audiences into the future.
“He never sits in a corner and complains about his blindness and…couldn’t ask for anything more,” Martha added as she wiped away tears.
First of all, we want to say that this is a fantastic opportunity for Mason and we wish him the best of luck with his acting and singing. Hopefully, this is one more step in the right direction for disabled actors to be represented on television, film and stage productions.
Second, if you are in the Southern California area, you can watch Mason perform at the International Full Gospel Fellowship of Los Angeles church in Monrovia. He will play Bert Healey in “Annie” from Dec. 8-11 (2016). To purchase tickets you can go to CenterStageInc.com.
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