The Miracle Worker Audition Information

Auditions for
The Miracle Worker

Cast List

Storybook Theatre - January 19-20, 2018

Auditions - August 9 and 11, 2017
Time - 5-8pm
Location - Faith Baptist Church, 1460 Langsford Road, Lees Summit, MO 

Callbacks (if needed) - August 12, 2017 
Time - TBD
Location - TBD

Performance Participation Fee - $250
 Includes costumes/set/props/rehearsal time/instruction/promotional items/etc.
Actors should plan to bring their own makeup and
personal items such as tights or basic shirts/pants as needed.

Tickets - will be $10 if purchased in advance or $12 at the door.

Who can audition - Auditions are open to youth ages 10-18. Storybook Theatre students are encouraged to participate, but the production is not limited to those who have been involved here in the past; you may audition even if you have never worked with us before.

What if I'm not available for these audition dates? Fill out this form

Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie's success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: "water".

What to Expect:

1. Sign up for a 10-minute audition slot. Signup for your time HERE.
2. Prepare a scene from the provided selections (will be emailed to you)
3. Optional - additionally you may prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue (no comedic pieces, please)
4. Fill out the Audition Form (include ALL conflicts from August 12, 2017 until January 20, 2018 - this form will also be emailed to you)

5. Arrive at audition location at least five minutes prior to your scheduled time.
6. Callback list will be emailed to participants, and posted on Storybook's website. If you are not called back, this does not mean you have not been cast in the production. Please check the website on Sunday, August 13 for the cast list. It will also be sent via email. 

If you have signed up to participate in another Storybook Theatre class during the fall 2017 semester, you are still welcome to audition for this production. It is unlikely that those cast in lead roles in this production will also be able to participate in a fall show. The audition form will contain more information about this and will allow you to mark your preference should you have to choose between one production or the other. Please note that I do suggest signing up for a fall 2017 class if you wish to ensure participation in a play during the upcoming semester. The Miracle Worker has a limited number of parts and not everyone who auditions will be cast. Regular classes will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, as always, and class lists may be adjusted after this production has been fully cast. If you have more questions, feel free to contact me. To sign up for a Storybook Theatre fall class, register here.

Please realize that this production has a large time commitment. It will require extensive character work and dedication on the part of every individual who is cast in the show. 

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: 
Note that everyone will NOT be called to all rehearsals.
These dates and times are subject to change as we realize production needs. 

August 9 - 5-8pm Auditions
August 11 - 5-8pm Auditions
August 12 - Time TBD - Callbacks (if needed)
August 21 - 6:30-7:00pm  Mandatory Parent Meeting
August 21 - 7-9pm - Blocking
August 28 - 7-9pm Blocking
September 11 - 7-9pm
September 18 - 7-9pm
September 25 - 7-9pm
October 2 - 7-9pm
October 9 - 7-9pm
October 30 - 7-9pm
November 2 - 6:30-9pm
November 6 - 6:30-9pm
November 9 - 6:30-9pm
November 13 - 6:30-9pm
November 16 - 6:30-9pm
November 20 - 6:30-9pm
November 27 - 6:30-9pm
November 30 - 6:30-9pm
December 4 - 6:30-9pm
December 7 - 6:30-9pm
December 11 - 6:30-9pm
December 14 - 6:30-9pm
December 18 - 6:30-9pm
December 28 - 6:30-9pm
January 4 - 6-9pm
January 6 - 12-5pm
January 8 - 6-9pm
January 9 - 6-9pm
January 11 - 6-9pm
January 15 - 6-9pm
January 16 - 6-9pm
January 17 - 4-9pm
January 18 - 4-10pm
January 19 - arrival time TBD, performance
January 20 - arrival time TBD, performance(s)

Characters Available:
We will be looking for actors to fill the following roles. Note - the character ages are what we will be portraying. The show will be a youth production with actors ages 10-18. 

Annie Sullivan - early 20's.  Annie is Helen’s teacher. She is strong and outspoken, driven by the challenges of her own life. She wants the best possible life for Helen, even if that means she goes against the wishes of Helen's parents. She will be involved in intense physical scenes. Must develop a strong connection with Helen Keller. Irish accent is a plus.

Helen Keller - young child (appears 7-10). She is trapped in a world all her own, as she is deaf/blind/mute. Blind and deaf since she was a baby, she has no knowledge of how to communicate with those around her. She will be involved in intense physical scenes. Must develop a strong connection with Annie Sullivan.

Captain Arthur Keller - 40s-50s. Helen's father. He struggles to understand his daughter and the world in which she is trapped, but he is loving all the same. He is a Captain, and his personality is stern and rigorous at times as a result.

Kate Keller - 30s-40s. Helen’s mother. She is fiercely devoted to her family, but hates that she cannot help her daughter. She continually gives Helen her way and gives in to tantrums in an effort to placate the misfortune of Helen's circumstances. She connects with Annie Sullivan in a way that Captain Keller cannot.

James Keller- late teens-early 20s. James is the Captain's son, and Helen's half-brother. He would prefer to see Helen go to an asylum rather than have to watch her be cared for in his home.

Aunt Ev - 30s-50s. Helen's aunt. She has an opinion about everything and helps connect the Keller family with the Perkins School for the Blind (where they discover Annie).

Anagnos - 40s-50s. Annie's counselor at the Perkins Institute for the Blind. He wants Annie to be successful and is kind.

Viney - 30s-50s . The household servant. She cares for those in her charge with kindness.

Percy - age 8-12. Household staff, playmate to Helen.

Martha - age 8-12. Household staff, playmate to Helen.

Blind Girls - age 8-14. Friends of Annie at the Perkins Institute for the Blind.

Please contact Julie with any questions. 816.204.5702. Texting will get the fastest response (Julie will be in rehearsals and performances the next couple of days and will not be able to answer all the time) but calling or emailing ( is also fine.