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The Miracle Worker

The Cedar Springs Community Players will present the award winning play, The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, on March 25, 26, 27, at the Kent Theatre at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Anna Johnson as Annie Sullivan and Ellie Awad as Helen Keller rehearse a scene from The Miracle Worker.

Anna Johnson as Annie Sullivan and Ellie Awad as Helen Keller rehearse a scene from The Miracle Worker.

The Miracle Worker is the true story of Helen Keller, who was born a healthy child, only to be stricken at age 19 months with a severe illness that left her blind, deaf, and mute. The play carries the audience into the daily disappointments and then into the miraculous breakthrough of the young Helen Keller at the guidance of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Anne Sullivan is remembered as “the Miracle Worker” for her lifetime dedication, patience and love to a half-wild southern child trapped in a world of darkness.

Under the stage direction of Sue Harrison, cast members include Anna Johnson in the role of Annie Sullivan, and newcomer to the theatre, Ellie Awad, as Helen Keller.  Helen’s parents, Captain and Kate Keller, are played by Russ Cole and Laura Johnson.  Helen’s brother, James, is played by Caleb Rhoads and Aunt Ev is Joanne Carter. The household servants Viney, Percy, and Martha are played by Terri Riggle, Michael Nind, and Janelle Odren.  The Doctor is Jack Clark and Dr. Anagnos is played by Kim Johnson.  The girls at the Home for the Blind in Boston are played by Brianne Fredrickson, Cassandra Rivard, Ryllie Rivard, Claire Willette, and Olivia Wortz.  Jimmie’s voice is Brandyn  Kirchhoff and the other backstage voices are performed by Jack Clark, Kim Johnson, Terri Riggle, Laura Johnson and Joanne Carter. Stage Managers are Nancy Noreen and Diane Rhoads.

Pre-sale tickets are $10 and are on sale at the Cedar Springs Library and Cedar Springs Chase Bank. Tickets are $12 at the door. Tickets are also available from any cast member. Go to the Players website at www.cscommunityplayers.org or call 696-0456 for more information on this family friendly show.

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