The inspirational story of Helen Keller comes alive in “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson. Alicia York, Greenfield resident, plays the role of Kate Keller in this Tony Award-winning lyrical classic that demonstrates an amazing account of mutual triumph, courage and hope.
Alicia York is a familiar face with Acacia Theatre. The first time on stage she was a prisoner in “The Hiding Place” in 2005. Her most recent stage appearance with Acacia was puppeteering the Robin in “The Secret Garden” in 2010. Always willing to grow as an actress, she mastered a few new skills. To prepare for her role as Kate Keller, she learned the sign language alphabet and brushed off her southern accent.
She also learned what it might feel like to be a mother to Helen Keller. “Helen has obviously given me a greater appreciation for having good eyesight and hearing but also, playing the part of Helen's mother has given me a huge appreciation for mothers/parents that have a child struggling with a physical difficulty,” said York.
What does she like most about the play? She says, “I like that there is so much room to grow as an actor. Each role has its challenges. And I love that the characters are so real; they have conflict and problems just like any modern family.”
When she looks back at her growing understanding of the character she plays, York says, “I've loved exploring Kate's journey in the play. She loves Helen so much and has so many strong feelings about Helen's difficulties.”
Acacia Theatre Company will perform the play Oct. 21 through Oct. 30 in Concordia University Wisconsin’s Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive in Mequon, Wis.
Blind and deaf since infancy, Helen Keller is trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, until her teacher Annie Sullivan arrives, realizing that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark silence. Annie leads her bold pupil on a tumultuous journey from fear and isolation to happiness and light. In the process, both Annie and Helen understand each other’s determination, persistence and tenacity.
Performance Schedule and Ticket Information
Performances will be given on Oct. 21 at 8pm; Oct. 22 at 8pm; Oct. 23 at 3pm; Oct. 27 at 8pm; Oct. 28 at 8pm; Oct. 29 at 4pm and 8pm; Oct. 30 at 3pm.
Tickets will be available by calling (414) 744-5995 or at www.acaciatheatre.com
Tickets will cost $16 or $13 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy ticket. Group (10+) discounts are available.
About Acacia Theatre Company
Founded in 1980, Acacia Theatre Company is an independent, non-profit, interdenominational group of dramatic artists who share a common desire to integrate art and faith by presenting theatre from a Judeo-Christian worldview. Through uplifting, quality entertainment, Acacia provides occasion for thanksgiving, growth and enjoyment, and the opportunity for Christians and non-Christians to consider their lives in relation to God. More information is available at www.acaciatheatre.com.
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