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Posted: 03/19/14

Helen Keller is played by Hannah Appell and Annie Sullivan is played by Caitlin McRae.

(Photo courtesy of Montana Repertory Theatre)

'The Miracle Worker' is
brought to stage at MCPA

      The Miracle Worker by William Gibson tells the story of Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, who finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Anne 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. "The Miracle Worker" is a story of victory over unbelievable odds - accomplished through conviction, perseverance, and love.
       Experience the courage and resilience of the human spirit in "The Miracle Worker" on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (MCPA).
       Part of the MCPA Page to Stage series, "The Miracle Worker," presented by Montana Repertory Theatre, is recommended for grades three and up; run time is 90 minutes. The performance will feature sign language interpretation.
       Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students/seniors and $15 for children 12 & under. For tickets and additional information, visit or call the Macomb Center box office Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Friday noon-6 p.m. at (586) 286-2222. The MCPA is located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.
       Few stories are as timeless or reveal the courage and resilience of the human spirit as well as "The Miracle Worker." The stirring dramatization of the story of Helen Keller and her tutor Annie Sullivan has been mesmerizing audiences for decades.
       "The Miracle Worker," Gibson's second Broadway effort, is the playwright's most acclaimed work.
       "It was obviously a love letter. I like to fall a little in love with my heroines and the title<from Mark Twain, who said, `Helen is a miracle, and Miss Sullivan is the miracle-worker,'<was meant to show where my affections lay. This stubborn girl of 20, who six years earlier could not write her name, and in one month salvaged Helen's soul and lived thereafter in its shadow, seemed to me to deserve a star bow," said Gibson.
       His dramatic retelling of the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan was initially an Emmy Award-winning teleplay for Playhouse 90. Gibson then adapted it for the stage, where it proved a critical and popular hit, garnering Tony Awards for Gibson, director Arthur Penn, and star Anne Bancroft in 1960. The 1962 film version earned Oscar nominations for Gibson and Penn; its stars, Bancroft and Patty Duke, won awards for best actress and best supporting actress, respectively.
       With this production, Montana Repertory Theatre continues their exploration of great American stories that penetrate the core of human experience. Over the past several years, they have toured such classics as "Bus Stop," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and "Biloxi Blues." Each has allowed them to bring new vitality and vision to time-honored theater pieces and to bring those plays to audiences across the country.

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