Winter 2014 Mainstage: The Miracle Worker

About the Play

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“In Tuscumbia, Alabama, an illness renders infant Helen Keller blind, deaf, and consequently mute. Pitied and badly spoiled by her parents, Helen is taught no discipline and, by the age of 6, grows into a wild, angry, tantrum-throwing child in control of the household.

“Desperate, her parents hire Anne Sullivan to serve as governess and teacher for their daughter. After several fierce battles with Helen, Anne convinces the Kellers that she needs two weeks alone with Helen in order to achieve any progress in the girl's education.

“In that time, Annie teaches Helen discipline through persistence and consistency, and language through hand signals, a double breakthrough that changes Helen’s life and has a direct effect on the lives of everyone in the family.”

— From Wikipedia

About This Production

January 31–February 1 and February 6–8, 2014
February 1 and 8, 2 p.m. Matinee

E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall, SPU campus

George Scranton

Scenery and Costume Designer
Don Yanik

Download the program (PDF)

Leona Spurling Nelson and George Scranton

“Revisiting Miracle Worker 50 Years Later”

Leona Spurling Nelson (pictured above with Theatre Professor George Scranton), a 1964 alumna of Seattle Pacific College, starred in the SPC production of The Miracle Worker in November 1963. The play’s run was threatened by the assassination of President Kennedy. The play was performed again in 2014, with Scranton directing.