The Miracle Worker is the second production in FYT’s 2013-2014 Signature Series and is on stage from Friday, October 18 through Sunday, November 3. This true and inspiring story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan will include American Sign Language (ASL) shadow interpretation of all performances.

The Miracle Worker is written by William Gibson and directed by Jeremy Winchester. Trapped in a secret, lonely world, young Helen Keller lashes out with violence and fury until Annie Sullivan finds a way to rescue her brilliant mind from its dark and tortured silence.

The Miracle Worker performances are October 18 and 19 at 7:30 P.M., October 20 at 2:30 P.M., October 25 and 26 at 7:30 P.M., October 27 at 2:30 P.M., November 1 at 7:30 P.M., November 2 at 2:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. and November 3 at 2:30 P.M. An Opening Night Reception will follow the October 18 performance and a conversation with the creative team and Michigan School for the Deaf representatives will follow the October 20 and 25 and November 2 matinee performances. Performances are at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 East Kearsley Street, on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center.

Advance tickets for The Miracle Worker are $12 for children, $14 for teens, senior citizens and Veterans and $16 for adults and are available at Flint Youth Theatre, by calling
810-237-1530 or online at FlintYouthTheatre.org. Day of performance tickets are $14 for children, $16 for teens, senior citizens and Veterans and $18 for adults.

Director’s Thoughts
The Miracle Worker
 will be directed by FYT Executive Artistic Director, Jeremy Winchester. Speaking about the role of interpreters in the production, Winchester said, “All performances will feature two ASL interpreters integrated into the action of the play. This ‘shadow interpreting’ serves several purposes. First, members of our audience who rely on ASL to follow the dialogue will be able to see the interpreters work without looking away from the stage. In this way, they will be able to take in the whole of the experience, from actor movement to design choices, while simultaneously taking in the dialogue, just like everyone else in the theatre. Secondly, for those in the audience who have full use of their hearing, the onstage interpreters will serve as a reminder for some of the obstacles Helen had to overcome. And finally, ASL interpretation is incredibly expressive and physically beautiful in its own right, and we’re excited to fold it into the visual vocabulary of the production.”

Scenic design for The Miracle Worker is by FYT Executive Artistic Director, Jeremy Winchester, costume design is by Guest Artist, Amanda Janke, lighting design is by Guest Artist, Doug Mueller and sound design is by FYT Associate Artistic Director, Rodney Creech.

The Miracle Worker is sponsored by the Charles Stewart Harding Foundation. Flint Youth Theatre’s 2013-2014 Signature Series is sponsored by Health Alliance Plan with support from the James A. Welch Foundation. FYT’s Building Bridges Community Partner is Michigan School for the Deaf.  The Building Bridges Community Partner Program is made possible in part by the Ruth Mott Foundation.

About Flint Youth Theatre
Through public performances, school matinees and acting classes, Flint Youth Theatre’s resident professional company serves students age 2 through college, and audiences of children and families, teens and adults.  Imaginative, daring and insightful, the main-stage Signature Series of plays for all audiences are drawn from literature, folklore, fantasy, history and social issues.

For more information about Flint Youth Theatre or to reserve tickets to The Miracle Worker, call 810.237.1530 or visit FlintYouthTheatre.org.

On September 7, open auditions and technical interviews for The Miracle Worker were held for area students in grades 5 through 12 from Flint and Genesee County. Of the students who auditioned and interviewed, 15 where selected to be part of The Miracle Worker student company. The selected students are part of a cast and stage crew totaling 30. The students and their hometowns are:

Photo of actors playing Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan
Alyssa Banister – Birch Run
Jennifer Lynn Bearup – Clio
Syd Brown – Flushing
Alazsha Donerson – Flint
Leah R. Dunlap – Flint
Paul Gregor – Swartz Creek
David A. Guster – Flint
Dominique Hinde – Flint
Sarah Karram – Flint
Mackenzie Marshall – Hartland
Layla Meillier – Flint
Addison Peter – Flushing
Steven Sherman – Burton
Kate Spademan – Flint


Apprentice, Destiny Dunn playing Annie Sullivan, and Student, Mackenzie Marshall playing Helen Keller,
rehearse a scene from Flint Youth Theatre’s production of
The Miracle Worker
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