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The Miracle Worker

The Miracle WorkerOctober 19-November 6
by William Gibson
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc..
Amish Acres

Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller.  The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge.  Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such.  Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.  The play premiered on Broadway in 1959, and ran for over 700 performances on its way to four Tony Awards, including Best Play, Direction (Arthur Penn), Actress (Bancroft), and Stage Technician (John Walters).


 

 

 


Setting

Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
The Miracle Worker Preview
The Miracle Worker Review by Frank Ramirez
The Miracle Worker Press Release

Amish Acres

 



The Miracle Worker
Archive Photographs

 

   

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Amber Burgess

Persistence:  In success it’s more important than talent, money, or advantage.  The most successful folks I know have it, and Annie Sullivan had it in spades. Without her tenacity the world would be a much different place for many people.  Helen Keller may have never found her voice, and thus the world would not have found solace, inspiration, or empathy that was inspired by Keller’s writings.  Annie was a fierce advocate and fundraiser for the Perkins Institute for the Blind, and helped hundreds of children through this stewardship.  She was Helen’s constant companion until she died at 70, and she aided Helen in every endeavor she sought: from pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree, to writing her memoir, to becoming one of the greatest lecturers of the early 20th Century. I have tried to live my life with a small measure of her persistence.  She spoke at her graduation from Perkins, and said something that we can all aspire to live by. “Duty bids us go forth into active life. Let us go cheerfully, hopefully, and earnestly, and set ourselves to find our especial part. When we have found it, willingly and faithfully perform it.”  What more could any of us do?

Amber Burgess



The Miracle Worker Cast

   

A Doctor

 

Don Hart

Kate

 

Heidi Ferris

Keller

 

Tucker Curtis

Helen

 

Hannah Shetler

Martha

 

Brooklyn Redd

Percy

 

Charles Redd

Aunt Ev

 

Rita Kurtz

James

 

Quinn Rattan

Dr. Anagnos

 

Don Hart

Annie Sullivan

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Abby Murray Vachon

Blind Student / Helen u/s

 

Amelia Lowery

Viney

 

Myesha-Tiara

     

 

The Miracle Worker Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

 

Amber Burgess

Production Stage Manager

 

Michael Redondo

Technical Director

 

Ted Lantz

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Amber Burgess

Lighting / Sound / Scenic Artist

 

Tim Becze

Costume Assistant / Wardrobe

 

Ashley Alverth

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation

 

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

 

Time: The 1880's
Place: In and around the Keller homestead in Tuscumbia, Alabama; also, briefly, the Perkins Institution for the Blind, in Boston.

 

Cast Biographies

Tucker CurtisTucker Curtis (Keller) is an area actor/director/producer originally from the mean streets of Connecticut by way of Memphis and Chicago.  He has had the honor of performing throughout the country with various companies in various capacities but is most proud of founding ThinkProv!, where patience equals perfection, and playing the roles of Husband to the amazing Heidi and Daddy to the practically perfect Revel.  Thanks for coming and enjoy the show.





Heidi FerrisHeidi Ferris (Kate) is pleased to join the cast of The Miracle Worker. A professional musician and voice teacher, she spends her time working with students to improve vocal technique and production. Favorite Round Barn moments include Music Directing The Secret Garden and West Side Story, and being onstage for shows like Aida and Camelot. Heidi enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and puttering all around the house. Heidi is blessed daily by her husband Tucker Curtis, her growing family and her talented network of friends.


Don HartDon Hart (Anagnos) is excited to be back at Amish Acres!  Previous roles include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Eddie in Pumpboys and Dinettes, Henry in The Fantasticks and Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy
Enjoy the show!

 

 

 




Rita KurtzRita Kurtz (Aunt Ev) currently lives in Granger, IN, but was raised and educated in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY. She has a bachelor degree in Mathematics, master degree in Secondary Education. She's been acting, singing, and working backstage everywhere from church basements to Lincoln Center. Rita was last seen as Veta in the Round Barn Theatre's production of Harvey. Other RBT credits include Arsenic and Old Lace, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Our Town, Lost in Yonkers, and Steel Magnolias. Thank you, Doug, Joe, & Liz, for your constant support and love! 




Amelia LoweryAmelia Lowery (Helen u/s) is a motivated young actress who has found her way to the Round Barn Theatre Stage! At the young age of four, she insisted on taking music lessons! She loved to sing and dance and wanted to surround herself with joyful melodies. Amelia has taken professional lessons the past five years; focusing on voice, guitar, mandolin, and violin. She has also taken numerous acting and drama classes at the Civic, Wagon Wheel, and The Round Barn Theaters. Most recently Amelia was seen as Ruth this season in Plain and Fancy at The Round Barn Theatre's Young Actors Camp and has acted in other productions such as Grease, Mary Poppins, and Fiddler on the Roof. Amelia says she comes alive when performing on stage and enjoys the audience's energy! She is excited to be a part of the action this season at The Round Barn Theatre!


Brooklyn ReddBrooklyn Redd (Martha) is excited to be performing at The Round Barn Theatre. She is in the 4th grade at Wakarusa Elementary School. She attended the Joseph Stein Young Actors Camp in 2013, where she played a pig in Shrek The Musical and again in 2014 playing Jane in Mary Poppins. Brooklynn is always singing wherever she goes...it's her favorite thing to do. She also loves dancing, ice cream and playing sports.





Charles ReddCharles Redd
(Percy) is pleased to be performing at the Round Barn Theatre. He is in the 3rd grade at Wakarusa Elementary School. His favorite subject is math.  At home,  Charles and his sister Brooklynn enjoy creating their own skits and putting on little shows for their family.  He always plays a funny character because he enjoys making people laugh. He loves playing with Legos and  playing baseball.





Hannah ShetlerHannah Shetler (Helen) is from Millersburg, Indiana and is currently in the 10th grade at Fairfield High School. She is excited to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre this season! She had the great privilege of performing last season in the amazing production of Mary Poppins as Jane Banks, and in 2010 as Nellie in Annie Get Your Gun. Beside acting, Hannah loves singing and dancing, and gets to chance to do both in Fairfields Women's and Mixed group Show Choir.  She would like to thank Amber Burgess for the opportunity to be a part of the Round Barn cast this season.





Myesha-TiaraMyesha-Tiara (Viney) is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received her B.S. in Theatre with a concentration in Performance and Directing from Northwestern State University. A few of her credits include Carrie Watts in Trip to Bountiful, Muriel in Indigo Blues, Sonya in Uncle Vanya, Florence Unger in The Odd Couple, Beneatha in A Raisin In The Sun, Director in For Colored Girls, and she is an original cast member of A Work In Progress in which she portrayed Jurnee. I would like to thank God and my friends and family for their love and support.





Abby Murray VachonAbby Murray Vachon (Annie Sullivan) is originally from Mishawaka, Indiana and holds a B.F.A. in Acting (Musical Theatre emphasis) from Wright State University. Some of her favorite professional credits include performing with Leslie Uggams in An Evening with Leslie Uggams, Les Misérables (Fantine), and Barnum at The Old Creamery Theatre. Other favorite credits include Vanishing Point (Agatha Christie) and Sondheim On Sondheim (Erin Mackey Track). So much love and thanks to her Mom, Dad, Nick, Amber, Melissa, Alex, and Lee.
For more info check out: Abbymurrayvachon.com 



 

 

Staff Biographies

Ashley Alverth (Costume Assistant/Wardrobe) is an Illinois based artist who graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. She started her career as the Art director at Carmel Montessori Academy designing the school plays. Ashley has worked in the costume department of the Elgin Opera and as the head seamstress on the film “Ovid and the Art of Love.” She is proud to have the opportunity to work with the crew of The Round Barn Theatre during this upcoming season. 

Tim Becze (Lighting / Sound) has been performing with The Round Barn Theatre for the past 2 years as he finished his BA in Theater from Bethel College. This year Becze is thrilled to be back at RBT working on lighting and scenic art. When not at work he enjoys spending time with friends, playing music, and sleeping. 

Amber Burgess (Artistic Director) studied Musical Theatre at Millikin University (IL), and also has a B.A. in Social Sciences from Ashford University (IA).  Originally from North Dakota, Amber began her career on the stage 30 years ago (in the same year Plain and Fancy opened here at RBT).  Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005.  Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres.  Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain, Betty Haynes in White Christmas, and last year’s practically perfect Mary Poppins.  Favorite RBT directing projects include Little Women, Sisters of Swing, Shrek and 9 to 5

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father, LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored, and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 29 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. Plain and Fancy's Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina and a Second Stage production of Enter Laughing.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Michael Redondo (Production Stage Manager) An Eagle Scout from Riverside, California, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Theatre Arts from Sterling College. He has stage managed productions with the Great Plains Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Wichita Grand Opera, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. Offstage, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and going to the movies.
"If you want something extraordinary to happen in your life, it will require some extraordinary action on your part."


 

amish acresThe Miracle Worker
Theme Dinner: October 21

A white tablecloth event to celebrate The Round Barn Theatre productions through menus conceived by Richard Pletcher and created by chef Ruth Miller. Show references and double entendres, no matter how obscure or ridiculous, are often highlighted in bold letters. Recipes are prepared by Ruth, whose sense of humor is stirred into the pot and skillet. All menu items are subject to change by the whim of the chef. The responsibility for such frovility rests soley with Richard Pletcher.

Reservations Required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.

Southern Cuisine

Soup
Shrimp Gumbo

Salad
Seven Layer Salad
Fruit Salad

Appetizer
Alabama Fried Green Tomatoes
Percy's Pimento Cheese Spread & Crackers
Jimmy's Barbecue Chicken Bites

Bread
Bancroft Biscuits

Entrée

Annie's Irish Brisket
Ribs

Starch

Viney's Red Beans & Rice

Vegetable
Green Beans Almondine
Confederate Corn on the Cob

Desserts
Sweet Potato Pie
Carrot Cake
Bread Pudding
Ruth's Famous Crème Brûlée

Beverages
Iced Tea
Lemonade
Coffee
Round Barn Wine & Craft Beers ($)


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