USU stages ‘Miracle Worker’ at Caine Lyric Theatre

USU stages ‘Miracle Worker’ at Caine Lyric Theatre

Story - Dec 3 2012 - 1:03am
Katie Francis as Anne Sullivan and Dani Nielsen as young Helen Keller in a rehearsal photo from "The Miracle Worker" presented by Utah State University.


7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-7, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
Caine Lyric Theatre
28 W. Center St.
$13/adults, $10/youth and seniors, $8/faculty and staff.

LOGAN — Helen Keller’s miraculous story is being staged in a production of “The Miracle Worker,” presented by Utah State University’s theater department at the Caine Lyric Theatre.

“This is a timeless story,” said director and USU assistant professor Camille Litalien in a press release. “Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller achieved miracles through faith and knowledge. This is a true story treasured by all of us.”

“The Miracle Worker,” opening Tuesday, Dec. 4, tells the story of young Helen Keller, blind, deaf and mute after contracting an acute illness at only 19 months. Her inability to communicate left her frustrated and often violent. In danger of being sent to an institution, Keller’s parents desperately sought a solution from the Perkins Institute and a half-blind Yankee schoolgirl named Annie Sullivan.

The play features 16 USU students, as well as 9-year-old Cache Valley resident Dani Nielsen playing Helen Keller.

“It’s fun but kind of hard, especially figuring out how to move around and what to do,” Nielsen said in the release. “My mom told me about using my peripheral vision and it helps me to pretend that I’m blind. For practice, when I do my chores I don’t look at what I’m doing.”

“The Miracle Worker” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 to 8, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 8, at the Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center St., Logan. Tickets are $13, $10 for youth and seniors. USU students are admitted free with ID.

Tickets are available at 435-797-8022, or by visiting the Caine College of the Arts box office in Room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, 400 N. 1200 East.

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