Renaissance Theatre Presents the Miracle Worker


Bethel University’s Renaissance Theatre program is excited to announce the upcoming performance of the classic play “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson.  The play will be performed at the Bethel Performing Arts Center in McKenzie Nov. 15-18. 

This historical play tells the gripping story of young Helen Keller, who upon contracting a major illness as an infant, became deaf and blind. Her family, unable to fully care for Helen, hired Annie Sullivan to teach Helen, in hopes of somehow reaching her. This powerful depiction of these important historical figures will challenge you and inspire you as you see the story of these amazing women come to life on the stage.

Kelsey Collins, a Junior English major from Paris, Tenn., will be playing the role of Helen and Mallory Sellers, a Freshman music theatre major from Thompson Station, Tenn., will be portraying Annie Sullivan. Other leading characters include Drew Montoya (Munford, Tenn.) as Capt. Keller, Heather Voytek  (Huntingdon, Tenn.) as Kate Keller, Vincent Pupo (Decatur, Ala.) as James Keller, Faye Taylor (Cedar Grove, Tenn.) as Aunt Ev, and Megan Ellis (Huntingdon, Tenn.) as VIney. 

“I am thrilled to be directing this show and presenting this powerful story  in McKenzie,” says director Brian Hill.  “I am consistently challenged by the complexity and beauty of this story.  These are real people in real situations.  Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan both can teach us so much about overcoming obstacles, the love of family, and how often we take things for granted. I know you’ll be inspired seeing this play come to life.” 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 and under. Individuals can purchase tickets by calling the Bethel University Renaissance office at 731-393-0405. Show times are 7 p.m. on Nov. 15th-17 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 18th.  “The Miracle Worker” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.