“The Miracle Worker”
by William Gibson
Sunday, September 20 @ 7:00 PM
Monday, September 21 @ 7:00 PM
Callbacks (if necessary) will be advised
Director – Richard Mancini
Auditions will be held for all roles in “The Miracle Worker” Sunday, September 20 @ 7:00 pm and Monday, September 21 @ 7:00 pm.
Production dates are November 27 – December 13; Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00 PM, Sundays @ 2:00 PM, Thursday, December 3 @ 8:00 PM, and a dress rehearsal with audience Wednesday, November 25 (no rehearsal on Thanksgiving, November 26).
Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. “The Miracle Worker” dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie’s success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: “water.”
Actors will read scenes from the script; please note that the adult characters in the Keller family are Southern, and accents will be required. Seeking:
Annie Sullivan (f, 20s), the teacher of the deaf and blind child Helen Keller. Annie, herself blind during her childhood years, comes to the Keller household at the age of twenty to attempt to teach language to seven-year-old Helen. Her brash self-confidence is a pose covering her deep fear of possible failure in her first position.
Helen Keller (f, usually played by an actress aged 10-13 who reads younger). Helen is a child of seven who lost both sight and hearing as a result of high fever during a babyhood illness. She is unable to communicate her simplest wants and needs to others except through violent tantrums and howls resembling those of a hurt animal. Ultimately, through Annie’s efforts, Helen’s yearning for knowledge leads her far beyond behavior control to the discovery of language and all that this discovery opens to her in terms of life and love.
Captain Arthur Keller (m, 40s-50s), a retired Civil War officer who edits a town newspaper in Tuscumbia, Alabama. A haughty man accustomed during his military career to unquestioning obedience to his every whim, his disappointment at the seeming cowardice of his teenage son and heartbreak of the terrible physical affliction of his small daughter cause him to be irascible and demanding… but underneath, he is a concerned and loving father and husband.
Kate Keller (f, mid-30s-early 40s), the young second wife of Captain Keller and mother of Helen. Having tried unsuccessfully to cope with Helen’s angry tantrums – and with a new baby in the family – she realizes the desperate need to teach Helen self-control, and, manages to persuade her husband to hire Annie as a teacher and to let her have her way with Helen.
James Keller (m, teens-early 20s), Helen’s teenage half-brother, in awe of his domineering father and resentful of his stepmother, Kate, and of Helen, who demands so much attention that he feels cheated out of the family love he desires. With the arrival of Annie, he is able to see a model of brave resistance to circumstances, and begins to grow toward asserting his own personhood.
Aunt Ev (f, 40s-60s), Captain Keller’s sister. As a kindly and concerned aunt, Ev spoils Helen with small treats and supports Kate in her efforts to get help for the child.
Viney (f, 30s-40s, African-American), the Keller family servant. Amid the turmoil of a household that revolves around the whims and temper of a handicapped child, Viney manages to keep a stable and good-humored manner. Her children (Martha and Percy) are playmates for Helen.
Martha (f) and Percy (m), African-American, between 8 and 12; Viney’s children.
Mr. Anagnos (m, 40s-60s), the headmaster of the Perkins Institute for the Blind, the school where Annie was trained. It is Mr. Anagnos who chooses Annie for the difficult assignment of teaching Helen.
Doctor (m, 50s-60s – appears in prologue; can also be doubled by actor playing Mr. Anagnos).
Blind Children (f) Optionally, if available, between 3-5 girls of various ages can appear as students of the Perkins Institute for the blind.
For more information, please contact director Richard Mancini – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Interesting, absorbing and moving.” – The New York Post
Westport Community Theatre
Westport Town Hall – 110 Myrtle Avenue
Westport, CT 06880