CHARACTER BREAKDOWN - roles for 4 females, 4 males, 5 children or teens
Annie Sullivan (20s) Helen’s teacher. A strong, vibrant woman, determined to connect Helen to the world. Partially blind herself. Her challenging past is what drives her to push Helen to the brink. She is involved in intense physical scenes. Must have a strong connection to Helen.
Captain Arthur Keller (40s- 60s) Helen’s father. Former military officer, he is stern, but ultimately devoted to his family. At times he struggles to connect with both Helen and James.
Kate Keller (30s) Helen’s mother. Tormented by Helen’s disability. Seeks to please Helen in order to avoid the tantrums and to compensate for her extreme misfortune. Completely devoted to her husband, but a fiercely devoted mother too. She is determined to give Helen any chance she can get.
James Keller (late 20s) Helen’s half-brother, the son of the captain. Sees Helen as mentally defective and believes it best she be put in an asylum. Mostly, he loves her, though he resents the attention she gets when he feels so starved for his father’s respect.
Aunt Ev (40s- 60s) Helen’s aunt, the Captain’s sister. She is a talkative, well-intended woman and frequent visitor to the household
Anagnos (40s- 60’s) Annie’s mentor and friend at the Perkins Institution for the Blind. A dear and kind man, he is very fond of Annie. Will double as man’s voice.
Doctor (40s-50s) Country doctor who tends to Helen during the illness that brings on her blindness and deafness. Will also portray doctor’s voice.
Viney (or Virginia) (30s-50s) Servant in the Keller household. Cheerful and very loving towards the Keller children.
Helen Keller (9-13) a deaf, blind mute, trapped in her own world. Behaves in an almost inhuman manner as she has been cut-off from an understanding of acceptable conduct since she was stricken as a baby. She is involved in intense physical scenes. Must have a strong connection to Annie Sullivan.
Percy (1o-15) playmate of Helen. Will also double in dream scene as jimmy (Annie’s brother).
Martha (9 – 12) playmate of Helen. Will also double as one of the blind girls.
2 Girls from the Institute (9-17) Annie’s students at the institute who come to say goodbye to her before she leaves for her position with the Kellers, minimal lines.
Immortalized onstage and screen, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller. Trapped in a silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is frustrated and at times violent. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and a spirit waiting to be rescued with the utterance of the single word “water”.
Adult auditions will consist of a cold read from the script. Those girls auditioning for Helen will be asked to perform a guided pantomime. Other children will do a cold read from the script.
THE MIRACLE WORKER
January 20 & 21, 2020
6:00pm Children ages 9yrs - 17yrs
7:00pm Adults ages 18yrs & up
April 14 & 15, 2020
6:00pm & 7:00pm
June 15 & 16, 2020