Friday Night; Opening Night of The Miracle Worker – Experience the Remarkable Story of Helen Keller

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TUSCUMBIA-Friday night marked the opening night of The Miracle Worker, bringing the extraordinary story of Helen Keller to life on the grounds of the Helen Keller Home in Tuscumbia. This captivating play, staged at the outdoor theatre behind Ivy Green, highlights Helen Keller’s incredible journey from the discovery of her illness at a young age to her remarkable achievements in learning and communication with the help of her devoted teacher, Anne Sullivan.

The Miracle Worker showcases Helen Keller’s indomitable spirit and the transformative power of education and perseverance. Audiences will witness the pivotal moment, barely a month after Sullivan’s arrival at Ivy Green in March 1887, when Keller spells “w-a-t-e-r” into Sullivan’s hand as water flows from the well pump. This awe-inspiring scene serves as the climax of the play, symbolizing the breakthrough that would change Keller’s life forever.

Recognized as the Official State Outdoor Drama for Alabama, The Miracle Worker has garnered acclaim and has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. This enduring production continues to captivate audiences with its powerful storytelling and profound message of determination and triumph.

Helen Keller’s journey did not end with this miraculous breakthrough. She went on to become a world-renowned author, lecturer, and advocate for people with disabilities. Known as America’s First Lady of Courage, her legacy continues to inspire and empower individuals around the globe.

The gates of Ivy Green open at 7:00 p.m., allowing audiences to immerse themselves in the ambiance of this historic setting. The performance will commence at 8:00 p.m., taking spectators on an unforgettable journey into the life of Helen Keller.

Sue Pilkilton, Executive Director of the Helen Keller Birthplace, reflects on the impact of the production: “As we go into the 63rd season of The Miracle Worker, I can’t help but think back over the years to the number of people from around the world that have attended this wonderful production! We often tell our guests you don’t see the play, you experience it! Truly blessed to be a part of it for 54 years.”

Susann Hamlin, President and CEO of Colbert County Tourism, adds, “The Miracle Worker is not just a play; it’s a testament to the power of human spirit and resilience. Helen Keller’s story is a beacon of hope and inspiration, reminding us of the limitless possibilities within us.”

Tickets for The Miracle Worker are $20 for reserved seats and $15 for general admission. This year marks the 63rd season of this iconic production, with performances scheduled on the following dates: June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and July 12, 13, 19, and 20.

Join us at the Helen Keller Home – Ivy Green and witness the power of resilience and determination as Helen Keller’s extraordinary story unfolds in The Miracle Worker. Prepare to be inspired and moved by this timeless tale of courage and triumph.

For more information and ticket purchases, please call 256-383-4066.


Media Release/Maryanne Floyd
Director of Communications/Colbert County Tourism & Convention Bureau

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