Glendale’s Spotlight Youth Theatre presents ‘The Miracle Worker’ this weekend

“The Miracle Worker” will continue its run this month at Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale.

Written by William Gibson, “The Miracle Worker” tells the story of deaf and blind Helen Keller, and her ingenious and determined teacher, Annie Sullivan.

“Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human — and treated by her family as such,” the theatre states. “Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. Through scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie and Helen finally achieve their breakthrough, and the beginning of a whole new life for Helen, thanks to a single word.”

The roles of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller were immortalized by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, both of whom starred in the original Broadway production of “The Miracle Worker,” and also won Oscars for their portrayals in the 1962 film version.

The production shows 7 p.m. Friday, May 3; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4; and wraps with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 5.

Tickets are $15.

Spotlight Youth Theatre’s mission is to provide youth and their families a safe, welcoming environment where the individual is supported, teamwork is embraced, and creativity is encouraged through high quality performing arts and educational programs that enrich and strengthen our community.

The entire theatre and its programs depend on volunteers, sponsors and donations. Spotlight has produced shows like “Les Miserables,” “The Sound of Music,” “Rent,” “Green Day’s American Idiot,” “Cabaret,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and “Romeo and Juliet.” In the last three seasons alone, Spotlight productions, performers, and artists received 379 nominations for regional theatre awards, and have won 124 of them.

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