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'Miracle' Onstage at USU

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

graphic illustration for Utah State University production of The Miracle Worker
cast from USU's production of The Miracle Worker

Katie Francis as Anne Sullivan, Gordon Dunn as Arthur Keller and Meg Campbell as Katherine Keller in the Utah State University production of 'The Miracle Worker,' Dec. 4-8, Caine Lyric Theatre, Logan. (rehearsal photo)

cast members from USU's production of The Miracle Worker

(left to right) 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.

Utah State University’s Department of Theatre Arts presents The Miracle Worker, the story of Helen Keller, Dec. 4-8 at the Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center Street in Logan.

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

The Miracle Worker tells the story of young Helen Keller, blind, deaf and mute since 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,” said Nielsen. “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.”

This show presented USU students with the opportunity to work with children in a theater setting — a new opportunity for some of the actors, including Katie Francis.

“It’s so refreshing to work with young minds,” said Francis, a freshman majoring in theater who plays Annie Sullivan in the show. “The children haven’t caught on to the idea of people judging them; they are completely free, truthful and innocent.”

Tickets for The Miracle Worker are $13 general admission, $10 youth and seniors, $8 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or tickets, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B in the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or go online to the college website.

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Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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