San Diego Jr. Theatre stages ‘The Miracle Worker’ in Balboa Park

San Diego Junior Theatre’s production of “The Miracle Worker,” Jan. 7-23 at Balboa Park’s Casa Del Prado Theatre, will bring the audience into Helen Keller’s world, sharing the dramatic story of Annie Sullivan and her struggle to teach the deaf, blind, and mute 12-year-old Helen how to be a part of the world she could not see or hear.

This photograph, taken in July 1888 in Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, shows eight-year-old Helen Keller seated next to her teacher, Anne Sullivan, as they hold hands. Photo: New England Historic Genealogical Society

Written by William Gibson, the drama unfolds to show Helen much like a wild animal. Scared out of her wits, but still frighteningly strong, she claws and struggles against all who try to help her.

Half blind herself, but blessed with fanatical dedication, Annie Sullivan begins a titanic struggle to release the young girl from the terrifying prison of eternal darkness and silence.

The production is directed by Desha Crownover and Shalico Leaverton. The cast features 16 area students, including seasoned Junior Theatre performers, and introduces the talents of several new students.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Fridays, and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $8-$14 through the box office at (619) 239-8355 or online at

The production is recommended for ages 10 and up. San Diego Junior Theatre’s is continuing its 63rd season with nine productions at its sites in Balboa Park and La Jolla.

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Posted by Susan DeMaggio on Jan 5, 2011. Filed under A & E, Theater. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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