The Miracle Worker

Apr 23 2017 2:00 pm
Location: 
Northfield Arts Guild Theater

The Northfield Arts Guild presents The Miracle Worker

Courage, trust and resilience are all celebrated in the timeless classic: The Miracle Worker by William Gibson. This remarkable story of young Helen Keller, deaf and blind since childhood, and her gifted tutor, Annie Sullivan, plays at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater April 21 – 30, 2017. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. The theater is located at 411 Third Street West, Northfield.  

Miracle Worker

This Tony Award Winning Best Play made its acclaimed Broadway debut in 1959, the same year that the NAG Theater opened. “In rehearsal,” said director Rachel Haider, “the cast has mentioned numerous times how easy it is to see why this play has become a classic of the American Theatre. It is incredibly well written: a story beautifully told with humor, heart and hope.”

Based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life, the title of The Miracle Worker refers to Annie Sullivan who arrived as a teacher to the Keller home in 1887, 130 years ago. Trapped in a silent world, unable to communicate, Helen became aggressive and spoiled. At wits end, her family finally reached out to a young, “half-blind, Yankee schoolgirl” for help. That schoolgirl was Annie Sullivan, who realized that there was a mind and spirit waiting to come free from the dark, suffering silence. This true story is an enduring tale of determination. It speaks to all of us about how the people in our lives teach us what we need to be taught just when we need it most.

Directed by Rachel Haider, the play features Kyra Reverman as Helen Keller and Brynn Artley as Annie Sullivan. Additionally, the cast includes Kevin Dahle as Captain Arthur Keller, Allison Eddy as Kate Keller, James Ayers as James Keller, Mishia Burns as Aunt Ev Keller, Russ Paladin as Mr. Anagnos, Kate Southwick as Viney, Nicky Hosterman as Percy, Maggie Muth as Martha, Theo Ash as the Doctor, Isaac Leer as Jimmy, and Bea Watts, Rachel Halling, Kiara Artley, Silas Leer, Isaac Leer and Grace Ryden as Blind Children. Xena, a service dog with Believet, plays the Keller’s setter, Belle.  

“An entertaining and moving show for the whole family, The Miracle Worker focuses not only on the growth and triumphs of Helen, but also those of Annie and of Helen’s family,” says director Rachel Haider. “Their love, conviction and encouragement were equally essential for Helen’s transformation from wild-child to the winner of the Presidential Medal of Honor. Helen was the first blind-deaf student to earn a bachelor’s degree. As an adult, Helen was a prominent political and social activist, a leading member of the American Foundation for the Blind, and a world-renowned speaker who is ranked as one of the most influential people of the twentieth century.”

An opening night reception for The Miracle Worker will be held for the Friday, April 21st performance.  Following the Sunday, April 23rd performance will be a post-show discussion, and the Sunday, April 30th performance will be American Sign Language interpreted.

Tickets for The Miracle Worker are available online at NorthfieldArtsGuild.org, by calling 507-645-8877, or at the Northfield Arts Guild’s Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street South, Northfield. 

The Miracle Worker is sponsored by Labor Arbitration Institute.  The 2016-17 “Plays into Films” Theater Season is sponsored by Neuger Communications Group, Engage Print, and Thrivent Financial.

The Northfield Arts Guild Office, Shop and Gallery, 304 Division Street South, are open on Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm and on Saturdays from 11:00am to 3:00 pm.