Crestview theatre troupe casting 'The Miracle Worker'

Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 05:31 PM.

CRESTVIEW — William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker" is one of theatre's most challenging plays.

View From the Stage feels up to the challenge and will cast the drama next weekend.

The story of tutor Annie Sullivan's struggle to break through to a deaf, mute, spoiled and stubborn Helen Keller won four Tony Awards when released in 1959. It ran more than 700 performances.

Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke reprised their stage roles as Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller in the 1962 film adaptation, which won three Academy Awards.

When done well, "The Miracle Worker" is a tour de force that leaves audiences emotionally moved and cast members physically and emotionally drained.

"Certain parts are intense and physically demanding," View From the Stage Executive Director Berit Faust said.

The story is a departure from the light comedies the community theatre troupe staged for its first two productions, and last month's tune-filled "A Christmas Carol."

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