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Prestley Bramlett as Helen Keller, left, and Catie Duffy as Annie Sullivan are both Morgan County actors who will perform “The Miracle Worker” play, starting Friday, and running through July 14 at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia.

‘Miracle Worker’ opens Friday at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

The story of Helen Keller will open Friday for its 46th season on an outdoor stage at Ivy Green, her Tuscumbia birthplace.

“The Miracle Worker” play will be performed the next six Friday and Saturday evenings, with many cast members from Morgan and Lawrence counties.

The play by William Gibson tells the story of the life of young Helen Keller from the discovery of her deafness and blindness at 18 months to her learning to communicate as a young girl at a water pump with the help of teacher Annie Sullivan.

Darren Butler of Decatur will direct the play for the ninth year.

“I believe the Friday show will be my 135th performance,” he said. “It’s neat, when you’ve been involved with a show this long, to watch it develop and grow, and to get to know all the different Annies and Helens.”

Butler said those who haven’t seen the show in a few years would find it interesting to see again, because there are always changes and new faces in the play.

Prestley Bramlett of Decatur plays Keller and Catie Duffey of Eva is her teacher. Logan Hill and Erika Odell, both of Florence, share the roles.

Bobbie Glenn is Aunt Ev, and Rayburn Glenn plays the doctor and Mr. Anaganos; both are from Moulton. Teresa Lappert of Decatur plays Martha.

The children at Perkins School for the Blind include Karstin Nollinger of Moulton and Maryn Johnson, Ashley Harris and Emma Haynes, all of Decatur.

Caroline Duffey of Eva and Bridget Lappert of Decatur are stage managers, with Macy Ladner of Decatur assisting.

Other cast members, primarily from Florence and Russellville, include Ken Lawson, Amber Hammock, Tucker Hammock, Devin Marshall, Marie Pope, Ryan Leigh Gardner, Kelle Willis, Kaity Klinghard, Lauren Olive, Moira Bruce and Cassandra Meade.

This year marks 127 years since Keller’s birth, and tours of the Keller family home are included in the ticket price for those who come soon after the gates open at 7 p.m.

If you go

What: “The Miracle Worker”

Where: The Ivy Green amphitheater (In case of rain, the play will be performed at Deshler High School a few blocks away.)

When: The two-hour shows will begin in at 8 p.m. on June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and July 6, 7, 13 and 14.

Tickets: $10 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission. Purchase them at the gate before each show or by mailing a request to “Miracle Worker” tickets, 300 West North Commons, Tuscumbia, AL 35674.

Call Ivy Green at 383-4066.

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