MOUNT VERNON - MTVarts presents "The Miracle Worker" as part of its Classics Series, on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m., at the Memorial Theatre in Mount Vernon. A special free performance will be offered to local schools on April 25.
Few stories are as timeless, or reveal the courage and resilience of the human spirit, as “The Miracle Worker.” The 1960 Tony Award-winning play tells the story of young Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, who finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Annie Sullivan, her gifted tutor. In some of the most turbulent and emotion-packed scenes ever presented on the stage, Helen overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities.
Annie Sullivan (Megan Evans) signs with Helen Keller (Kennedy Aikey) in The Miracle Worker - KP photo by Mike Sherfy
MTVarts' Classics Series is an educational outreach exploring the works of the great American playwrights. These are literary works, which penetrate the core of human experience. MTVarts has garnered awards from both Central and State OCTA Festivals (Ohio Community Theater Association) for their skillful and sensitive interpretations of many classic American plays.
For eight years, Knox County high school students have been the guests of MTVarts for a morning matinee especially presented for their literature classes. Following each performance students are invited to ask questions of the director and actors in a “talk back session.” Students have previously seen the company’s touching productions of “The Glass Menagerie,”” The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Of Mice and Men,” “The Crucible” and last year’s production of “Death Of A Salesman.” The 2017 season will remount the riveting production of “12 Angry Men.” Each has brought new vitality and vision to these time-honored theater pieces. What makes these productions unique is the strict attention to casting and written text. All roles are cast age-, gender- and race-appropriate and the dialogue is not edited for the true impact that the playwright intended.
“The Miracle Worker” was the second Broadway effort by playwright William Gibson, and his most acclaimed work. After earning three Tony Awards on Broadway, the 1962 film version received several Oscar nominations and Oscars for its stars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. The determination and grit of teacher Annie Sullivan is still a shining example today of victory over unbelievable odds accomplished through conviction, perseverance and love.
“The Miracle Worker” is directed by Joseph Bell with Kennedy Aikey as Helen Keller and Megan Evans as Annie Sullivan. Kelly Yerxa-Lauth portrays Kate Keller, Bruce Jacklin in the role of Captain Kellar, Frank Scutella as James Keller, Cate Blair-Wilhelm is Aunt Ev, Tammy Anderson as Viney, with Colin White playing Percy and Destany Stonebuner as Martha. Scott Elliot takes on the role Dr. Anagnos and the following young actresses are residents of the Perkins School for the blind; Joselynn Bates, Minda Bates, Ainsley Bonaudi, Reann Fisher, Rylee Jarosz, Emma Buehrer, Ashlynn Scott, Kalyn Zak, Grace Laymon and Autumn Laymon.
Purchase tickets online at www.MTVarts.com, First Knox National Bank Main Office or at the door; general admission seating, $10 adults and $5 students with valid ID. Check MTVarts' website for information about the entire 2016-17 season.