Strength of human spirit prevails in SLT's The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker in Springfield

Per Release: Springfield Little Theatre (SLT) is pleased to present The Miracle Worker at the historic Landers Theatre beginning Thursday, October 26 through Sunday, November 5, 2017. Performances start at 7:30pm on Thursdays-Saturdays and at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

This remarkable family drama is based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life, and focuses on the extraordinary teacher who taught her to communicate with the world, Annie Sullivan.

 

Blind, deaf, and mute after suffering a terrible fever as a baby, Helen grows into a wild, angry, tantrum-throwing child who is trapped in a secret, silent world. As a last-ditch effort, her desperate parents contact a school for the blind which sends half-blind Annie to serve as governess and teacher to Helen. Annie fights to bring light to the darkness of Helen’s mind, but it will take all of Annie’s patience, creativity, and firmness of spirit to bring about the transformation of Helen.

 

An inspirational story about discipline, persistence, and the strength of the human spirit, The Miracle Worker received the 1960 Tony Award for best play. In William Gibson’s riveting prose, one of the great miracles of the 19th century has become one of the great stage plays of the 20th.

 

The production is directed by Marni Erwin and co-assistant directed by Beth Domann and Jamie Bower. Stars include Nikki Boldt (Annie), Brenna Kellem (Helen), Annie Crumbaugh (Kate), Stan Harter (Captain), Nathan Staley (James), Kate Evert (Aunt Ev), Jerry-Mac Johnston (Doctor), Leesa Candie (Viney), and Rich Bogue (Anagnos).

 

Erwin says, "Almost everyone has heard the names Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller. What I love about this play is that it breathes life into the characters. You feel their struggles and their heartaches but most importantly their triumphs. If you leave the theatre with a tear in your eye and love in your heart, then we have done our job. We can't wait to bring this beautiful story to the people of Springfield!"

 

The Miracle Worker is rated G and is appropriate for all audience members. Tickets range in price from $14-$23; group pricing is available for parties of 10 or more. Please visit SpringfieldLittleTheatre.org to purchase your tickets and select your seats 24/7, or you may call the Box Office at 417-869-1334.

 

Parent’s Night Out is offered on Saturday, October 28 for only $10 per child. Drop your kids off at 5:30pm and treat yourself to dinner before watching the performance. Or, drop your kids off at 7:15pm just before you take your seat. Children will enjoy a full evening of theatre activities and can be picked up in the lobby following the show. Register when you purchase your tickets or add it on later!

 

Enjoy a Backstage Pass Experience before any of the performances for only $10. Observe company warm-ups prior to the show, take a guided backstage tour, and receive a signed poster and photo with the cast. Register when you purchase your tickets or add it on later!

 

Final Fridays Improv Night takes place on Friday, October 6 following the performance; admission is “pay what you can.” SLT’s Teen Players present this hilarious, family-friendly program to raise funds for SLT’s education programs.

 

The Landers Theatre, SLT’s beautiful home, is located in downtown Springfield at 311 East Walnut Street.

 

Support for The Miracle Worker is provided by SRC and the Missouri Arts Council, a nonprofit state agency.