‘The Miracle Worker’ explores Helen Keller’s life

“The Miracle Worker” is a three-act play that was based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, titled “The Story of My Life.” The play was written by William Gibson and was adapted from his original play written in 1957. The play was first performed on October 19, 1959 and has been made into a few movies and several plays.

The setting of the play is the 1880’s on a plantation in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The plot circles around the life of the Keller family and their struggles to raise their deaf, mute and blind daughter Helen Keller, featuring Annie Sullivan, a young teacher who was trying to help Helen.

The play will be performed by West Shore students on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., at the Henegar Center’s Black Box Theater. The tickets are for sale on the website showtix4u.com, and the tickets cost $9 a piece.

The actors, tech team and American Music Theater teacher Maureen Fallon have been working on the play since winter break.

“We really started to put everything together these past two weeks, but we started to practice over winter break,”sophomore Kaylee Willner said.

There have been several problems finding a location for the play, because of scheduling conflicts that have arose.

“I don’t know everything about the auditorium, but we were told that there were scheduling conflicts, so then we moved to the Henegar Center,” Willner said.

There were also several problems with cast and crew scheduling problems that have caused the dates to be moved around.

“And now other problems arose when one of the cast member’s grandmother died and the funeral was going to be on the Friday or Saturday of the show,” Willner said. “And we said we would rather postpone the show to accommodate this cast member.”