2018-2019 Season

The Miracle Worker

By William Gibson

Musical Score by Katie Sample & Bobby Sample

Dates / Show Times:

April 26—May 5, 2019
Fridays 7pm, Saturdays 2pm & 7pm, Sundays 2pm 


The Miracle Worker tells the story of deaf and blind Helen Keller, and her ingenious and determined teacher, Annie Sullivan. 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. Through scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie and Helen finally achieve their breakthrough, and the beginning of a whole new life for Helen, thanks to a single word.

In real life, Helen Keller (1880-1968) later became the first deaf-blind person to earn a university degree, and gained international stardom as an author, political activist, and lecturer. The roles of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller were immortalized by Anne Bankroft and Patty Duke, both of whom starred in the original Broadway production of The Miracle Worker and also won Oscars for their portrayals in the 1962 film version. 


In order of appearance

  • Doctor Lindsay Gagnon
  • Kate Keller Bethany Novotny
  • Capt. Arthur Keller Noah Manumaleuga
  • Helen Keller Ava Newton
  • Martha Sara Drago
  • Percy Isaiah Koth
  • Aunt Ev Ellie Klapp
  • James Keller David Devine
  • Anagnos Lindsay Gagnon
  • Annie Sullivan Julia Murphy
  • Viney Anna Koth
  • Ensemble Brealynn Haderly
    Nealah Haderly
    Anwen Maynard
    Zoie Alizabeth Moller
    Samantha Zell

Production Team:

  • Director / Scenic Design Bobby Sample
  • Stage Manager Maria Cruz
  • Lighting & Sound Design Josh Hontz
  • Costume Design Audrey Wawro
  • Guitar Arrangement & Performance / Dialect Coaching Katie Sample
  • Makeup & Hair Design Brenda Goodenberger
  • Properties Design Vicki Grossman & Kenny Grossman

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Awards & Recognitions for The Miracle Worker

2018-2019 National Youth Arts Awards

  • Artist of the Year: (Won for multiple performances, including The Miracle Worker) Bethany Novotny
  • Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play: (Won) Julia Murphy
  • Outstanding Lead Performance (Junior Division): (Won) Ava Newton
  • Outstanding Set Design: (Nominated) Bobby Sample

2018-2019 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence

  • Actress in a Supporting Role – Youth Play: (Won) Bethany Novotny
  • Original Music Composition – Youth Theatre: (Won) Katie Sample and Bobby Sample
  • Best Overall Production – Youth Play (Nominated)
  • Actress in a Major Role – Youth Play: (Nominated) Ava Newton
  • Actor in a Supporting Role – Youth Play: (Nominated) David Devine
  • Director – Youth Play: (Nominated) Bobby Sample
  • Costume Design – Youth Theatre: (Nominated) Audrey Wawro
  • Fight Choreography – Youth Theatre: (Nominated) Bobby Sample
  • Artistic Specialization – Youth Theatre (Dialect Coaching): (Nominated) Katie Sample