Thousands More Will Soon Share The Experience

The iconic scene at the pump, where Helen Keller first communicates with Anne Sullivan,is the climax of The Miracle Worker. (Dennis Sherer)

TUSCUMBIA – Helen Keller fans from around the world soon will be making their way to Tuscumbia to watch William Gibson’s epic drama that chronicles her early life performed on the grounds of the home where she grew up.

The 58th season of The Miracle Worker at Ivy Green, the Home of Helen Keller, begins Friday, June 7. The play will be performed on Friday and Saturday nights though July 13.

Darren Butler, director of the play, said the Miracle Worker” attracts a diverse audience. “People literally come from all over the world to see the Miracle Worker performed at Helen Keller’s home.”

The play depicts the life of Keller from the discovery of her deafness and blindness, caused by a fever when she was 19 months old, to her learning to communicate with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan. The climax of the play is when Keller spells w-a-t-e-r in Sullivan’s hand as water flows from the well pump. The miracle occurred barely a month after Sullivan arrived at Ivy Green in March 1887 to begin teaching an unruly and stubborn 6-year-old. It is the Official State Outdoor Drama for Alabama and has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Keller went on to become a world-renowned author, lecturer and advocate for people with disabilities. She was known as America’s First Lady of Courage.

The gates at Ivy Green open at 6:30pm for the play with the performance getting underway at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats, $10 for general admission and include a self-guided tour of Ivy Green and its grounds. Concessions are available.

For tickets or details, call Ivy Green at 256-383-4066. For more places to see and things to do in Colbert County, call Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau at 256-383-0783.