GHS to present 'The Miracle Worker' drama

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Banner Graphic/ERIC BERNSEE Helen Keller, played by Libby Brush (left), and Annie Sullivan, played by Susanna Howard (right) in the classic "water at the well" scene in the Greencastle High School production of "The Miracle Worker."

William Gibson's classic play "The Miracle Worker," which tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind, deaf and mute Helen Keller, will take to the stage in Greencastle High School's Parker Auditorium this weekend.

Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen (played by senior Libby Brush) is violent, spoiled and treated somewhat like an animal by her family. Her father Capt. Keller (senior Colin Dombrowski) can't relate to her at all, her mother Kate Keller (junior Michaela Semak) wants a better life for her child and her brother James (senior Ely Bordt) is tired of Helen receiving all the attention.

Helen's Aunt Ev (senior Reilly Anderson) suggests Capt. Keller write to yet another specialist, but the specialist contacts the director of the Perkins Institution for the Blind, Mr. Anagnos (freshman Addison Hughes). Anagnos believes his student Annie Sullivan (sophomore Susanna Howard) would be a suitable governess for Helen, but Annie soon realizes that Helen's mind and spirit are waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.

Playing supporting roles are junior Lindsey Bridgewater as Viney, freshman Donovan Asbell as Percy and sophomore Arianna Pershing as Martha.

Also appearing in the play are Noah Pettit (the doctor), Nick Geiger (Jimmie's voice) and Hillary Johnson, Hailey Turner, Alyssa Stockall and Tyler Hopper as the blind children.

The show is being directed by GHS speech and theater teacher Beth Bax.

Senior Cecily Girton is assistant director.

Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.

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