The Pollard Theatre goes back to work next week with their next show scheduled to open next Friday, Feb. 21. The Miracle Worker is the groundbreaking, Tony Award winning play, about a child’s suffering, a mother’s love and the astonishing miracle of communication. William Gibson writes the play. The play comes to life on the Pollard stage from Feb. 21 through March 15.
The play centers on the story of Helen Keller who was blind, deaf, and mute since infancy and is in danger of being sent to an institution because her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a “half-blind Yankee schoolgirl” named Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. Despite the Kellers’ resistance and the belief that Helen “is like a little safe, locked, that no one can open,” Annie suspects that within Helen lies the potential for more, if only she can reach her. Through persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen’s walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate, bringing her into the world at last. Based on a remarkable true story, The Miracle Worker is an inspiring and unforgettable tale and has become an American classic.
The cast includes Gwendolyn Evans (Avenue Q, The 39 Steps) in the role of Annie Sullivan and Alexandria Grable (To Kill a Mockingbird) in the role of Helen Keller.
The cast also includes Pollard veterans Timothy Stewart as Captain Keller, Trinity Goodwin as Kate Keller, Joshua McGowen as James Keller, Beverly Caviness as Aunt Ev and James Ong as Anagnos/Doctor. Pollard newcomers Lisa Mack, Destiny Mack, Ahmad Coleman and Colton Casteel round out the talented cast.
Pollard Artistic Director, W. Jerome Stevenson is assisted by Jennifer Rosson which will feature, scenic design and costume design by Michael James, property design by Timothy Stewart and sound design by Jared Blount.
Inspired by the recent Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker, the Pollard seeks to introduce audiences to this inspiring story made famous by the 1962 film, which earned Academy Awards for its stars, Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. “It’s quite a different show than even we expected and I think our audience are going to be wonderfully surprised by the experience,” explains Stevenson. Tickets are still available for the shows with seniors, military, student and rush ticket discounts available. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Thursdays Mar. 6th and 13th at 8 p.m. and Sundays Mar. 2nd and 9th at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.thepollard.org, by phone, 405-282-2800.