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The Miracle in Tuscumbia Comes to Life
The Helen Keller Foundation presents The Miracle Worker June 7 through July 13.
Decatur, Ala. – An outdoor drama depicting the life of America’s first lady of courage attracts thousands of visitors to the North Alabama town of Tuscumbia every year. Playwright William Gibson's epic drama, The Miracle Worker, is performed on the grounds of Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, on weekends from early June through mid July.
Produced by the Helen Keller Foundation, Inc, The Miracle Worker runs Friday and Saturday evenings beginning June 7 through July 13 at the birthplace of Helen Keller located at 300 North Commons Street West in Tuscumbia. Now in its 58th season, the live performance recalls the childhood of deaf-blind Helen Keller, "America's First Lady of Courage," and her gifted teacher, Anne Sullivan. The play carries the audience into the daily disappointments and then the miraculous breakthrough of the young Helen at the guidance of her teacher, with authentic costumes and sets and professional acting.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. A free tour of the Helen Keller home and grounds is available with each purchased play ticket. Play begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $15/reserve seats and $10 for general admission. A group rate is offered for groups of 20 or more for $13/person. Special seating is available upon request for persons with special needs with a two-week notice. For more information, call (256) 383-4066.
Based on Keller's autobiography, "The Story of My Life," The Miracle Worker tells the story of real-life Medal of Freedom winner Helen Keller, who suddenly lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months, and the extraordinary teacher, Annie Sullivan, who taught her to communicate with the world. The 1960 Broadway premiere won five Tony Awards including Best Play, and starred Patty Duke as Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan. The 1962 film version earned an Oscar nomination for William Gibson‘s adaptation.
Also each year in June, the town of Tuscumbia pays tribute to Helen Keller with a four-day celebration. Set for June 27-30, 2019, the Helen Keller Festival offers a variety of family-friendly events including a parade, a car and truck show, live music, arts and crafts and sporting activities, while celebrating the life of Helen Keller and her remarkable achievements in overcoming a world of silence. For a schedule of events or more information, visit www.helenkellerfestival.com.
About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting www.NorthAlabama.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at www.facebook.com/VisitNorthAL.