Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic written by William Gibson, 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".
The audience response to this classic show was overwhelming. The cast and crew created a remarkable production, which was reviewed by Warren Gerds - Critic At Large. He loved the show!
The cast for The Miracle Worker was announced in December, 2014.
Annie Sullivan - Allison Blackburn
Helen - Jessica Ianitello
Kate - Erin LaFond
Keller - Pete Schoepp
Martha - Emily Schaller
Percy - Blas Guzman
A Doctor - Marty Schaller
Aunt Ev - Bobbie Novak
James - John Paul Heili
Anagnos - Jim Tisler
Viney - Stetz Smith
Jimmie - Max Schoepp
Blind Girls - Cassie Wanek, Allie Slowiak, Isabelle Heinzen and Rachel Tompson
Voices - Marty Schaller
Crones - Bobbie Novak, Stetz Smith Á Rachel Tompson
Crew members include - Thomas Moore, Bob Heili, Rebecca Ianitello, Matt Powell, Katy Santana, Barb Schweitzer, Stetz Smith, Ann Wolf, Sara Schaller, Britta Rogala, Vicki Svacina, Jerry Krause, Jim Schweitzer, Michael Schamburek, Andy Langer & Bill Fricke.
Auditions for this production were held in December. See the Cast tab for more information on who was cast in this show.
The director for The Miracle Workerhas been oppointed by The Masquers Board of Directors at its October meeting. Jonathan Medendorp, the director of the first show of this season Leading Ladies, has applied for and received the nod to direct this show as well.
Jonathan has been very active with The Masquers over the past few years. He sang, danced and acted in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; The Producers; A Chorus Line; and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also served as Set Decorator for The Fox on the Fairway, which means he hasn't missed a show since ILYYPNC! As Director of this show, Jon will be drawing on his experience in college where he was cast in this show as Mr. Keller.
Good Luck Jon - we hope you hit another home run with this show.
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