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FUNDRAISING GOAL: $ 8,500

DONATION LEVELS

Please designate your donation to "The Miracle Worker".
If you'd like to send a check by mail, please address it to: SCC/The Miracle Worker, PO Box 5008, Southampton, NY 11969.


FRIEND
Thank You on Social Media
Donation Amount: $50

As a thank you, you will receive:

  • • A special “thank you” post on boots on the ground theater's Facebook page

 

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ADVOCATE
Two Tickets to "The Miracle Worker"
Donation Amount: $100

As a thank you, you will receive:

  • • Two tickets to boots on the ground theater's production of "The Miracle Worker"

 

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TEACHER
Two Tickets to the Opening Night Party and More
Donation Amount: $500

As a thank you, you will receive:

  • • Two tickets to boots on the ground theater's production of "The Miracle Worker"
  • • Your name listed in the program under the special donor level of Teacher
  • • Two tickets to "The Miracle Worker" opening night party at the Southampton Cultural Center

 

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CHAMPION
Receive Champion Donor Status, A Copy of the Film, and More
Donation Level: $1,000

As a thank you, you will receive:

  • • Two tickets to boots on the ground theater's production of "The Miracle Worker"
  • • Your name listed in the program under the special donor level of Champion
  • • Two tickets to "The Miracle Worker" opening night party at the Southampton Cultural Center
  • • A copy of the film, "The Miracle Worker" starring Patty Duke, on DVD

 

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MIRACLE WORKER
Miracle Worker Donor Status, Poster Signed by Cast, and More
Donation Amount: $2,000

As a thank you, you will receive:

  • • Two tickets to boots on the ground theater's production of "The Miracle Worker"
  • • Your name listed in the program under the special donor level of Miracle Worker
  • • Two tickets to "The Miracle Worker" opening night party at the Southampton Cultural Center
  • • A copy of the film, "The Miracle Worker" starring Patty Duke, on DVD
  • • A copy of "The Miracle Worker" poster signed by the cast

 

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ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN 

I recently started a small theater troop in the East End of Long Island dedicated to telling stories…with a special emphasis on the late Victorian/Edwardian eras.

Helen Keller has always held a special place in my life since I first read her memoir “The Story of My Life” when I was barely a teenager. I then saw the movie “The Miracle Worker” with Patty Duke and Ann Bancroft and was so taken by the story and the performances--the guts, the emotion, the humanity. I think even then I had in the back of my mind to somehow be involved in bringing this to life on stage.

Helen Keller was born in the year 1880 in late Victorian America, after the Civil War, to Kate and Captain Keller. She was a beautiful child by all accounts and in the first months of her life lived normally, even wandering the gardens and orchards of their rambling home in Alabama when she was old enough to take her first steps until she was struck by a strange fever when she was just over a year old. It left her blind and deaf. Imagine what that must have been like…suddenly engulfed in total darkness, without a sound…and at such a young age.

What would you do?

Helen’s parents raised her with love and compassion, but without discipline or education. They didn’t know how. Until they found Annie Sullivan, a young woman fresh out of a school for the blind in Boston, who herself had been blind but through various operations had acquired her sight again. She understood what Helen was going through and brought Helen a life-altering gift…the gift of language. The ability to communicate with the outside world.

Through Annie, or “teacher,” Helen morphed from an angry lonely young girl into someone full of hope with an unbounded excitement to learn.

But it wasn’t an easy process, as witnessed in William Gibson’s remarkable play “The Miracle Worker," which shows the story of Helen’s early life with her family, meeting her new teacher and the struggle that took place.

We’re bringing Helen to life on stage at the Southampton Cultural Center in April 2018. We’ll be holding auditions this Fall for the two key roles of Helen and Annie open to all area students. They will have the opportunity to experience firsthand Helen and Annie’s challenges by channeling them in a professional theater environment. We’ll be assisted by one of the high school teachers with the sign language that must be learned for the play. There will be six performances total, three for school audiences and three for the public.

Joan Lyons will direct.

This will be a daunting challenge, emotionally and physically, but I know that our whole community will benefit from Helen’s story--a story of achievement in the face of incredible odds by a little girl who was consumed by darkness only to find her light.

-         Bonnie Grice, Founder, boots on the ground theater

 

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