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AAAA to present 'The Miracle Worker'

Photo courtesy of Jeff Roste Isabelle Hartokolis (left) plays Helen Keller, while Kara Gerdes plays Annie Sullivan, in the Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre's production of "The Miracle Worker."

The Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre is proud to present The Miracle Worker.

This production is the unforgettable, inspiring story of young Helen Keller, left deaf and blind after a childhood illness, and Annie Sullivan, the teacher who unlocked Keller's potential and set her free from the prison of her physical limitations.

The dates of the performances are April 30, May 1, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and on May 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 years of age and younger.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office by calling (320) 762-8300 or stopping by at 618 Broadway. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to performances.

The play is written by William Gibson, directed by Sharon Thalmann and sponsored by Velde Moore, Ltd.

Synopsis of play

Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tale 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, Keller is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such.

Only Sullivan 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, Sullivan's success with Keller finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word - water.

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Doctor - Gene Meier

Kate Keller - Leah Drexler

Captain Keller - Joe Korkowski

Helen Keller - Isabelle Hartokolis

Martha - Alyssa Welle

Percy - Rebekah Lotti

James Keller - Quincy Roers

Anagnos - Roland Boyce

Annie Sullivan - Kara Gerdes

Viney - Sheena Hachmann

Aunt Ev - Miriam Thornquist

Jimmie's voice - Eric Welle

Voice - Ahndree Conn

Blind students - Abby Telander, Emily Bear, Allison Prestby, Emily Prestby, Libby Lambert, Courtney Bitzan and Erika Fieldhammer


Director - Sharon Thalmann

Assistant director - Christy Meier

Set design/construction - John Thalmann

Sound design/technician - Lonnie Wing

Light design/technician - Mike Gimbel

Props - Jamie Sandberg and Marlys Steidl

Costumer - Jodi Hintzen

Hair - Kristin Gabrielson

Makeup - Dianne Tomoson

Graphic designer - Keri Mohror