Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with The Ritchie Company, will present the Tony-winning classic play, “The Miracle Worker,” an inspirational drama for ages 7 and older. The play will be performed March 31 through April 16, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM.
Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, young Helen Keller is violent, spoiled, almost subhuman, and treated by her family as such. Only Annie Sullivan, a young Irish teacher, realizes there is a mind and spirit inside Helen, waiting to be rescued from the dark and tortured silence. Featuring landmark scenes of emotional intensity, the play crescendos with the utterance of a single, glorious word: “Water.” Helen’s true-life transformation has become an unforgettable odyssey for audiences all around the world.
The play is performed by 11 talented young actors, from ages 10 to 16. Two KCT veteran performers will play Annie and Helen. Bethany Moon, a junior at West High School, plays the determined teacher, and Ava Bradshaw, a 6th-grader at West Valley Middle School, plays the reluctant student.
The rest of the cast includes KCT veterans: Michael Blevins, Nilah El-Amin, Audrey Jones, Ahmani Marion, Eric Magee, and Abby Ann Ramsey. Three actors are making their KCT debuts: Sarah Kate Hastey, Sadie Kemp, and Allena Smith.
Jared Watkins, a freshman at L&N STEM Academy, serves as the show’s stage manager. Derrick Washington, Jr., a sophomore at L&N STEM Academy, is the play’s scenery designer. Wheeler Moon, a junior at West High, is the show’s lighting designer. Sean Sloas will perform the duties of Production Manager. KCT Academy Director Dennis E. Perkins is the show’s director. KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of stage plays for children.
The show is presented in partnership with The Ritchie Campany and is sponsored by The Comcast Foundation, Clayton Family Foundation, Home Federal Bank, the City of Knoxville, and Lusidmedia. Assistance was also provided by Bandit Lites and Prestige Cleaners.