Tickets on sale for Bay Play
The intense and emotional story of Helen Keller’s childhood comes to life in the Bay College production of The Miracle Worker. Tickets are now available for this award-winning play that will be presented April 10th, 11th and 12th at the Besse Center Theater. The prices are $6 for students and $8 for the public. Tickets can be purchased at the campus box office or online at www.baycollege.edu/tickets.
According to Director Crystal Dwyer, this is a play that should be seen by all generations. The human courage, as well as history, in the drama can teach everyone about inspiration and the value of all life.
Helen Keller was born in 1880 as a healthy, robust child. She was bright as well; said words at six months and was walking by 10 months. However, scarlet fever at the age of 19 months left her blind and deaf. Her inability to communicate made her frustrated and violent – and in danger of being sent to an institution.
After consulting with Alexander Graham Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Keller were sent to The Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston. The director there suggested that a recent graduate of their school, Annie Sullivan, be sent to Alabama to be Helen’s governess.
This is where the play begins. Through persistence, love, and stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen’s walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate.
Helen Keller went on to become the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She became an author, lecturer, and campaigned for women’s rights and other causes. She passed away in 1968.
The original Broadway production won four Tony Awards and the first film made won three Oscars. It was revived on Broadway 50 years later in 2010.
The cast of eleven, led by Liz LaChapelle as Annie and Erin Linderoth as Helen, have been rehearsing for over 7 weeks. A crew of 13 will be joining them soon when the technical rehearsals begin. Supervising the crew, and Production Manager Zack Major, is Tech Director Ed Dwyer.
The curtain goes up for all performances at 7:30 pm. For more information, call the box office at 906-217-4045.