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September 24, 2010

Cowley Theatre Department to conduct fall play, “The Miracle Worker”


After performing a murder mystery (The House on the Cliff) and a pair of musicals (Disney’s High Schoolmiracle worker Musical and Crazy For You), Cowley College director of theatre and theatrical services, Scott MacLaughlin, was looking for a more inspirational script for this year’s fall play. He found that in “The Miracle Worker”  by William Gibson.

Performance dates are October 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre. Dinner is available by reservation on Saturday night at 6:15 pm. The cost is $8 for the show and $20 for the dinner/show combo.

Winning the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play, “The Miracle Worker” has been immortalized on stage and screen. This literary classic tells the true story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute, Helen Keller.

“I started reading the script and was unable to put it down,” MacLaughlin said. “It is a great, powerful story.”

 When Helen was only 19 months old she contracted a violent sickness that left her completely blind and deaf. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is allowed to act violent, spoiled, and almost sub-human. Only Annie, once blind herself, is charged with trying to teach Helen language. She 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, Annie's success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word.

“The thought of being raised blind and deaf presents such a daunting task with trying to communicate to the outside world,” MacLaughlin said.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cowley Box Office at 620-441-5570. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“It’s a challenging production but the students have risen to the challenge,” MacLaughlin said.