The Corinth Theatre-Arts latest production is scheduled for a quartet of showings over the weekend.
In the William Gibson play, 20-year-old Annie Sullivan is determined to break through the dark and silent world of young Helen Keller. Helen, portrayed by CT-A newcomer Riley Budny, loses her sight and hearing following an illness at 19 months.
"Helen is lost and her parents, who don't have a lot of help at the start, are looking for all or any kind of resource," said CT-A Artistic Director Cris Skinner.
Desperate for help, the parents hire Sullivan, a Boston teacher, to come in and work with Helen in March of 1887. There is a struggle over control of the young girl as her parents fail to correct her behavior, which worsens as she gets older.
Sullivan, also visually impaired, teaches Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand. Frustrated at times, Keller's breakthrough comes one day while Sullivan runs cool water from a pump over her hands.
"The important thing about the play is there is a sense of hope," said Skinner. "You can see the transition between a lot of characters in the play and they all have redemption in the end … it's a well-written story on hope."
Sponsored by Caterpillar and Cooley & Labas Financial Advisors, performances for the play are slated for Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday showing of the production is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets can be reserved by calling the CT-A at 662-287-2995. Tickets are also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or going by the theatre between 1-6 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays. If available, tickets can also be bought at the door one hour prior to curtain.
The cast includes:
Anagnos/A Doctor – Richard Ribble; Kate Keller – Katelyn Mathis; Capt. Keller – Randy Duke; Helen Keller – Riley Budny; Martha – Amyia White; Percy – Brianna Patterson; Aunt Ev – Lesley Petty; James – Xavier Taylor; Annie Sullivan – Leah Petty; Viney – Melody Credle; Blind Girls at Perkins Institute – Grace Ann Davis, Lenleigh Dobbs, Macy Ivy, Olivia Lee, Atalie Kate Logue, Augustina Messori and Julianne Parker (Amyia White -- understudy); Phantoms – James Sullivan and Will Senf; Phantom “Crones” – Courtney Chaffin and AlyssaBeth Nunley; and Phantom Doctor – Caleb McKenzie.