MONMOUTH — Monmouth Community Players will hold auditions for the first show of their 2014-15 season, “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and 26 at Cumston Hall. The production will be directed by Founding Artistic Director Lucy Rioux, with performances set for Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9.

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. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie’s success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: “water”.

There are parts available for seven males and seven females. The cast breakdown is as follows:

A doction

Kate, mid 20s, Helen’s mother

Captain Keller, mid-forties, Helen’s father, Kate’s husband

Helen, struck deaf and blind by a fever she had as an infant (should “look” about eight or younger)

Martha, a servant child

Percy, a servant child

Aunt Ev

James Keller, late teens, early 20s, Captain Keller’s son

Anagnos, instructor at the Perkins Institute for the Blind

Annie Sullivan, 20, Helen’s teacher, has a severe vision impairment

Viney, servant

Blind girls, at the Perkins Institute

A servant

Offstage voices

Auditions will include readings from the script, along with some physical work especially for the characters of Helen and Annie Sullivan.

For more information, contact Lucy Rioux at [email protected] or 441-3210.

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