THE MIRACLE WORKER
By William Gibson
For All roles other than helen keller*
May 20-21 1pm
All Auditions at the
Hyde Park Opera House
Show Dates: Sep 29-Oct 1 and Oct 6-8
Fri-Sat, 7:00p; Sun, 2:00p
HYDE PARK OPERA HOUSE
*Auditions for Helen Keller took place in April, and actresses from all over northern Vermont tried out. Madeline Lippmann from Newport has been cast in the role. ALL OTHER ROLES are available to audition for!
The Miracle Worker (1960 Tony Award winner for Best Play) is a three-act play by William Gibson, which was based on Helen Keller's autobiography “The Story of My Life.” Though Helen Keller was born with the ability to see and hear, at 19 months old she contracted an illness that left her both deaf and blind. Her parents, who pitied and spoiled their afflicted daughter, hired a young Annie Sullivan to try and reach the mind of Helen. After many battles and disciplined weeks together, Annie broke through to Helen, giving her a connection to language and all the world had to offer.
The Miracle Worker is the tremendous, heartwarming story of an incredible friendship and bond between a teacher, Annie Sullivan, and her deaf and blind student. 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 and will go to any length to break through to the little girl trapped inside. Through persistence and love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate.
Though many believe that The Miracle Worker solely focuses on the relationship between Annie Sullivan and Hellen Keller, the play is far broader than that. The play also revolves around the Keller family – a family that has been torn apart by Helen’s handicaps. While Annie works with Helen, Annie must also bring the entire Keller family together to learn acceptance and understanding if Helen is ever to have a normal, productive life. The Miracle Worker is a family saga of remarkable beauty, and proves that love can conquer anything. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this incredible show.
"Interesting, absorbing and moving." - The New York Post
Auditions for ALL roles (other than Helen Keller)
May 20-21 1pm
Hyde Park Opera House
NOTE: Characters' ages listed are STAGE AGES
(i.e., actor need not be that age, just be able to pass in that range while on stage)
Annie Sullivan: Early 20’s (stage age), with an Irish accent. Annie Sullivan is Helen’s teacher. She is a strong and vibrant woman who is determined to connect Helen to the world. Her challenging past (she was once blind, and strong light still affects her) is what drives her to push Helen to the brink. There is a crude vitality to her and she is undeterred by the Keller’s protection of their daughter Helen. She is involved in intense physical scenes. Must have a strong connection to Helen.
Captain Arthur Keller: 40s 50s (stage age). Helen’s father. A retired Civil War officer, he is stern and accustomed to instant and unquestioning obedience. He is especially frustrated in his efforts to dominate Annie Sullivan, Helen’s teacher, finding her persistence and inner courage more than a match for his chauvinism. He is devoted to his family, but struggles to connect to young Helen.
Kate Keller: 30s 40s (stage age). Helen’s mother. She 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. With a new baby in the family, she realizes the desperate need to teach Helen self-control. She is determined to give Helen any chance she can get.
James Keller: 16 – 20 (stage age). Helen’s half-brother, the son of Captain Keller. Living in awe of his domineering father, James has grown resentful of his stepmother and of Helen. He feels cheated out of the family love he desires. With the arrival of Annie, he is able to see a model of brave resistance to circumstances and to his father’s demanding ways. Through her influence, he begins to grow toward asserting his own personhood.
Aunt Ev: Late 30s 50s (stage age). Helen’s aunt, and Captain Keller’s sister. She is a talkative, opinionated woman who serves as the catalyst for the Kellers’ contact with the Perkins School for the Blind. As a kindly and concerned aunt, Ev spoils Helen with small treats and supports Kate in her efforts to get help for the child.
Mr. Anagnos/Doctor in opening scene: 40s 50s (stage age). Headmaster of the Perkins Institute for the Blind and Annie’s counselor. He is a kind man and is very fond of Annie. He serves as a mentor and friend. This actor will also double as the doctor in the opening scene.
Viney or Virginia: 30s – 60s (stage age): The Keller family servant. This role could be played by either a man or a woman. He/she is cheerful and very loving towards the Keller children. Amid the turmoil of a household that revolves around the whims and temper of a handicapped child, Viney/Virginia manages to keep a stable and good-humored manner. His/her children, Martha and Percy, are playmates for Helen.
Martha: 10 – 13 (stage age). Viney/Virginia’s daughter and playmate to Helen. Martha has been taught to be kind to Helen, but experience has taught her to be wary.
Percy: 10 15 (stage age). Viney/Virginia’s son and playmate to Helen. Percy has been taught to be careful and kind to Helen. Experience has taught him that he must be wary of Helen and protective of his sister.
Blind girls: 8 – 15 (stage ages). Students at the Perkins Institute.
Any questions? Any conflicts with the audition times?
Contact Gene Heinrich at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES ABOUT AUDITIONS:
* Attend either day
* Please bring your calendar with you to note schedule conflicts!
* Auditions start at 1:00pm SHARP
* No appointment necessary
* Wear clothes and shoes you can move in/dance in
* No need to bring prepared material; readings from the script will be used. Visit this page for any updates in advance of auditions.
NOTES ABOUT REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
* Expect 2-3 rehearsals per week in July & August, and 3-4 rehearsals per week in September and leading up to the shows
* Expect 2-3 weeknight rehearsals and 1 weekend rehearsal per week.
* Not all castmembers will be required to be at every rehearsal - we value your volunteer time!!