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The Miracle Worker
by William Gibson

Directed by Shirley Sacks

Performance dates:
March 6 – 21, 2015

Audition Date:
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Time:
1:00 pm
– all children
2:00 pm – all other roles

Place: Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Auditions will be cold readings from the script.

About the Show:
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".

Available Roles:
5 Male
7-10 Female including girls aged 8-15

Annie Sullivan (20’s) Helen’s teacher. A strong, vibrant woman, determined to connect Helen to the world. She has a tortured past of family tragedy, and is partially blind herself. Actress will be involved in intense physical scenes, and an Irish accent is a plus.

Helen Keller (10-13) A deaf, blind mute, trapped in her own world, she behaves in an almost inhuman manner having been cut-off from an understanding of acceptable conduct. Actress will be involved in intense physical scenes.

Captain Arthur Keller (40-50) Helen’s father. A former military officer, devoted to his wife and family, yet struggles to connect with Helen.

Kate Keller (30-40) Helen’s mother. She is tormented by Helen’s disability, and seeks to please her daughter in order to avoid the tantrums and to compensate for her extreme misfortune. She is a devoted wife and mother.

James Keller (20’s) Helen’s half-brother. James feels it is in his family’s (and Helen’s) best interest for her to live in an asylum.

Aunt Ev (40-50) Helen’s aunt, and sister to Captain Keller. She is a talkative, well-intended woman who frequently visits the household.

Mr. Anagnos (40-50) Annie’s mentor and friend at the Perkins Institution for the Blind. (May double as the country doctor)

Doctor (40-50) Country doctor who tends to Helen during the illness that brings on her blindness and deafness. (May double as Anagnos) .

Viney/Virginia (30-60) African American Servants in the Keller household. Cheerful and very loving towards the children.

Percy and Martha (8-12) Children of Viney/Virginia and Helen’s only playmates.

Young School Girls (8-15) Group of Annie’s students at the Perkinson Institute for the blind.

People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville.
It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.

 

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Theatre Jacksonville programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council,
the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Jacksonville, and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.