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Olean Theatre Workshop presents "The Miracle Worker"

, New York City | Entertainment

This classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, and 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". Hellen Keller said "Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.” In her own words, Helen Keller captures the inspirational heart of William Gibson‘s classic American play. Between the emptiness and the rapture, though, came a fierce struggle of wills, with Helen, in her darkness and stillness, on one side, and the determined Annie Sullivan on the other, a young woman who had endured a lifetime of pain in just twenty years. Gibson‘s text is unsparing and unflinching in its depiction of their confrontation and mutual triumph. The hearts that will be leaping will be ours. Playing the role of Helen is 11-year-old Lily Schena, who has appeared in many Olean Theatre Workshop’s productions most notably in Les Miz as Little Cosset. The role of Annie Sullivan will be portrayed by Katie Ralston who also as perform in many Olean Theatre Workshop’s productions. Her most recent role was as Sister Mary Hubert, Mistress of Novices in the Nunsense shows. They are joined by a  cast which includes Kate Keller played by Chris Norton, her husband Captain Keller, played by  Mike Kayes and his son James Keller played by Andrew LaBorde.  Aunt EV is played by Sandy Mulryan. Bill Taggerty plays Mr. Anagnos and the Doctor is played by Ronald Aaron. Maria Welka plays the part of Viney, and playing the part of her children Martha and Percy are Gia Haid and Jolethyn Miller (who is really Maria’s son).  Rounding out the cast are the children in the Perkins School for the blind played by Mia Pavone. Aidan Heaney and Stephanie Kopec. Shows are at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 13, 14 and 15 and at 2:30 on Sunday October 16. Source and image source: http://enchantedmountains.com

Event Details

    Oct. 13, 2016 - Oct. 16, 2016
    07:30 PM - 10:00 PM