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The Story of Helen Keller and Her Miracle in Tuscumbia Comes to Life in Outdoor Play

Decatur, Ala. (May 11, 2023) – 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 at Ivy Green, is performed on the grounds of Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, showcasing to the world the miracle that took place in the late 1800s. The 62nd  annual production will run on Fridays and Saturdays June 2-24 and July 7-15, 2023.

Produced by the Helen Keller Foundation, Inc, The Miracle Worker at Ivy Green, Alabama’s official state outdoor drama, runs Friday and Saturday evenings beginning June 2 through June 24 and July 7 through July 15 at the birthplace of Helen Keller located at 300 North Commons Street West in Tuscumbia. The live performance recalls the childhood of deaf-blind 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 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 7:00 p.m. and play begins at 8 p.m. Patrons are welcome to walk the grounds prior to curtain. Admission is $20/reserved seats and $15 for general admission. Groups of 20 or more receive a $2 discount per ticket. For reserved seating tickets and group discounts, please call (256) 383-4066.   Special seating is available upon request for persons with special needs with a two-week notice. Tickets may be purchased online at or by credit card by calling (256) 383-4066. 

William Gibson was an American playwright and novelist who lived November 13, 1914 – November 25, 2008. He won the Tony Award for Best Play for The Miracle Worker in 1959, which he later adapted for the film version in 1962. Both the play and the film adaptation featured Patty Duke as Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan.

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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 and vendors. 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, by visiting and by following us on social media @VisitNorthAL.