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February 6, 2019

The Miracle Worker: Open Auditions

Under the direction of John Long, LCT will be holding auditions for their spring production of “The Miracle Worker” on Sunday, February 24, & Monday, February 25, from 6 pm – 9 pm in their Arts Center Theatre (located on Level 2). Auditioners will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Anyone under the age of 18 years old must have a parent/guardian present during the audition process. Sides will be provided by the production staff. Those auditioning for the roles of ‘Helen Keller’ and ‘Annie Sullivan’ should be prepared to move vigorously – please dress accordingly.

Performance Dates: May 3 & May 9 @ 10 am
May 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 @ 8 pm
May 5, 12, 19 @ 2 pm
*Please note the two daytime performances

Location: Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St. Thomaston, CT 06787

Plot Summary: Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic 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.”

Setting: The 1880’s. In and around the Keller homestead in Tuscumbia, Alabama; also, briefly, the Perkins Institution for the Blind, in Boston.

Casting:
-A DOCTOR – 40s – 70s
-KATE KELLER- late 20’s early 30s, Helen’s mother who is tormented by Helen’s perceivably insurmountable disability, she seeks to please Helen in order to avoid the tantrums and to compensate for her extreme misfortune, a captain’s wife submissive in some capacity, but a fiercely devoted mother.
-CAPTAIN KELLER – 40s – 50s, Helen’s father, Kate’s husband
-HELEN KELLER- 9 – 12, a deaf blind mute, trapped in her own world, unable to speak, hear, or see, she is almost not human as she has been blind and deaf since she was stricken with scarlet fever as a baby, requires intense physical scenes.
-MARTHA – 10 – 15, a servant child
-PERCY – 9 – 11, a servant child
-AUNT EV – 40’s – 60’s, Helen’s aunt, a talkative, opinionated woman who serves as the catalyst for the Kellers’ contact with the Perkins School for the Blind.
-JAMES KELLER – 18 – 25, Captain Keller’s son, Helen’s half-brother, son of the captain, described as indolent, sees Helen as mentally defective and believes it best she be put in an asylum.
-ANAGNOS – 40’s – 50’s, instructor at the Perkins Institute for the Blind
-ANNIE SULLIVAN – 20s – 30s, Helen’s teacher, a strong and vibrant woman who is determined to connect Helen to the world, there is a crude vitality to her, and she is undeterred by the Kellers’ fierce protection of their daughter, requires intense physical scenes.

-VINEY – 30’s – 50’s, a servant
-BLIND GIRLS – 9 – 15, students at the Perkins Institute

Contact Production manager, Andrea Bingham, andrea@landmarkcommunitytheatre.org for more information

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