This Weekend at the Theatre: Miracle Worker Will Take Your Breath Away
It's quiet on the set of the final rehearsal at the West Shore Station, actors in the wings at the ready and the hum of the ventilation system in the background. Dim the lights, cue the music. The bittersweet and satisfying sound of the violin fills the room.
The opening scene is intense with the doctor making a house call standing over baby Helen's cradle observing the infant brought back from the brink of fatal illness. Just as he finishes reassuring the audience that baby is just fine, Captain Keller (Glen Macken) and Kate Keller (Cat Capolupo) realize that their young girl is completely cut off from the world.
Set in Tuscumbia, Alabama in the 1880s, THE MIRACLE WORKER tells the story of the young Helen Keller, who became blind and deaf after a childhood illness, and the extraordinary woman, Annie Sullivan (Joycelyn Driscoll), who famously taught her to communicate.
Helen's frustration is tangible, and the 8-year-old conveys the torment strong in-body and with a mature conviction navigating the set and even climbing the staircase in her delicate state in a way that keeps the audience glued to her. Helen is being played by 8-year-old Kya Stein of Warwick. Audiences will remember her performance as Gretl, the littlest Von Trapp, in last season’s acclaimed The Sound of Music.
Helen Keller captures the inspirational heart of William Gibson‘s classic American play. Between the emptiness and the rapture came a fierce struggle of wills, with Helen, in her darkness and stillness on one side, and the determined Annie Sullivan on the other; a young woman who had endured a lifetime of pain in just twenty years. Gibson‘s text is unsparing and unflinching in its depiction of their confrontation and mutual triumph. The hearts that will be leaping will be ours. You do not want to miss the moment when this tiny child and her teacher transport you in time to the moment when the miracle happens, live, on stage; it will take your breath away.
Also featuring: Hannah Blair (Aunt Ev), John Marro (James Keller), Emborah Thompson (Viney), and Katherine Murphy, Grace Leake, as Helen’s friends from the Perkins Institution for the Blind. Bill Bywater (Scenic Designer); Emily Petruncola (Production Stage Manager); Ed Romanoff (Production Manager).
Directed by JOYCE A. PRESUTTI
THE TONY AWARD-WINNING PLAY THAT INSPIRED THE OSCAR-WINNING FILM AT:
THE THEATRE AT WEST SHORE STATION
ON THE HISTORIC HUDSON RIVER WATERFRONT
27 S. WATER STREET, NEWBURGH, NEW YORK.
FOR TEN PERFORMANCES ONLY!
MAY 16-19, 23-26
Thursday-Saturday at 7:00PM
Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00PM
"Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living”—Helen Keller
@ the door for $20.00 with cash, check, or major credit card.
Special Group Rates for 15 or more.