The Beacon of H.O.P.E.'s Pine Island Playhouse will present "The Miracle Worker" this weekend. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 16, at 7 p.m., with a matinee Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m., all at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, 10360 Stringfellow Road, on Pine Island
The story is about a young Helen Keller, who was blind, deaf and mute since shortly after birth. Pitied and spoiled by her parents by the age of 6, Keller grows into a wild, angry, tantrum throwing child. That, plus her inability to communicate, or understand the world around her, has left her frustrated and violent.
Her parents, unable to control her, decide that unless things improve she will be sent to an institution.
In a last act of desperation, Keller's parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, a school for the blind. The school sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" named Anne Sullivan to tutor their daughter.
The play centers around Sullivan's persistence and determination to break through Helen's walls of silence and darkness to teach her to communicate - this relationship alters the course of Keller's life.
Keller's transformation to world activist, prolific author and acquired international stardom consisted of thousands of "minor" milestones from her young education.
If You Go:
Who: Beacon of H.O.P.E.'s
Pine Island Playhouse
What: "The Miracle Worker"
When: Today and Saturday,
April 25 and 26, at 7 p.m.,
and Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m.
Where: Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, 10360 Stringfellow Road.
"I selected this play because 'The Miracle Worker' really fits the Beacon of H.O.P.E.'s mission about helping others excel," said Nicole Pichon, director of the production. "And Anne Sullivan's commitment to improving Helen Keller's life is inspiring."
Keller was born in 1880 and published her autobiography in 1903 entitled, "The Story of My Life." Playwright William Gibson, who had read the autobiography as a boy, wrote the play in 1959 entitled "The Miracle Worker." In 1962 the movie "The Miracle Worker" was made starring Anne Bancroft as Sullivan and Patty Duke as Keller.
Keller lived until 1968. When she died on June 2, a national publication wrote: "Helen Keller, who overcame blindness, and deafness to become a symbol of the indomitable human spirit, died this afternoon in her home. She was 87 years old."