After the Miracle: Helen Keller 2018-2019 Season

Updated: Oct 14, 2021


 

After the Miracle: Helen Keller made its world premiere on February 8, 2019, at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN. Written & directed by local playwright Gregory Stieber, this was the 6th show in Youtheatre's Linda L. Ruffolo Young Heroes of Conscience Series.



Deaf & Blind, the young Helen Keller learned how to communicate with the help of her teacher, Annie Sullivan. This is the story of Helen, who as a teenager went on the Vaudeville tour. Entertaining and amazing audiences all over the world, Helen became a young crusader, advocating rights for the disabled. Youtheatre premieres this moving story, the latest in our series about children who’ve made a difference in the world.





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After the Miracle: Helen Keller - Study Guide

After the Miracle: Helen Keller - Program

After the Miracle: Helen Keller - Photos



Cast List

TIME & SETTING: The late 1800’s to present day. A Vaudeville stage in America.

Katarena Burke.....Helen Keller

Sloan Amburgey-Thomas.....Annie Sullivan

Harley Babbitt.....Modern Day Public Speaker

Paige Billian.....Miss Billian, teacher to the deaf

Melody Browning.....1970’s Public Speaker

Shaelyn English.....Sad Girl

Naomi Gephart.....Angry Girl

Margaret Gaughan.....1980’s Public Speaker

Henry Gillan.....Town Boy / Institution Patient

Kennedy Lynem....1960’s Public Speaker

Jennifer Mann.....Concerned Mother / Polly Thompson

Lola Mann.....Town Girl / Institution Patient

Madeline Miller.....1940’s Public Speaker

Zidon Spradling.....Blind Boy

Jadyn Weber.....Laura Bridgman


Regan Kreigh.....The Spirit

Bob Ahlersmeyer.....Vaudeville Emcee

Cat Ahlersmeyer.....Vaudeville Assistant

Nol Beckley....Dr. Alexander Graham Bell/Vaudeville Comedian

Rachel Dostal.....Town Girl/Vaudeville Joan of Arc

Zoe Dostal .....Town Girl/Vaudeville Animal

Robert John Gevers.....Young Alexander Graham Bell

Anthony Hayes.....Ryan White

Lindsay Hoops.....Marlee Matlin/Vaudeville Diva

Randall Keeling.....Institution Patient/Vaudeville Puppet

Emily Koch.....Institution Nurse/Vaudeville Singer

Madeline Koch.....Institution Nurse/Vaudeville Singer

Maggie Kole-Hunter.....Head Nurse/Vaudeville Comedian

Isabelle McDowell.....Friendly Girl/Vaudeville Darling

Dotty Miller......Mabel Bell /Patty Duke/Vaudeville Animal Trainer

Kayden Ptak.....Town Boy/Vaudeville Ventriloquist

Tommy Saul.....Vaudeville Piano Player

Bethany Schmitt .....War Veteran Advocate/Vaudeville Dancer

Morgan Schmitt..... FLOTUS Chief of Staff/Vaudeville Dancer

Sophia Schmitt.....Institution Patient/Vaudeville Animal

Ashley Shewman.....Grace Coolidge/Vaudeville Impersonator

Corbin Veltum.....War Veteran/Vaudeville Escape Artist


Production Staff:

Writer & Director.....Gregory Stieber

Composer & Lyricist.....Tommy Saul

Choreographers.....Bethany Schmitt & Morgan Schmitt

Stage Manager.....James Hulbert

Assistant Stage Manager.....Amanda Deardorf

Assistant Director & Dramaturg.....Anthony Hayes

Assistant Director & Youth Acting Coach.....Lana Thompson

Costume Design.....Schellie Englehart

Assistant Costumer.....Kimee Gearhart

Lighting Design.....Corey Lee

Light Operator.....Kimee Gearhart

Set Design.....Todd Espeland & Christopher J. Murphy

Sound & Projection Operators.....Abby Spoltman & Cassie Smith

Properties.....Sloan Amburgey-Thomas & James Hulbert

Graphic Artists.....Students of New Tech Academy

Graphics Coordinator.....Jennifer Garrett

Youtheatre Interns.....Audrey Kindy, Kimee Gearhart, Sloan Amburgey-Thomas,

Melody Browning

Researchers.....Katarena Burke, RJ Gevers, James Hulbert

Assistant Playwright.....Katarena Burke

Script Contributors.....Harley Babbitt, Melody Browning, Margaret Gaughan, Dotty Miller, Madeline Miller

ASL Sign Language Consultant.....Karen Koch

Alphabet Sign Language Coaches.....Paige Billian, Katarena Burke, Jadyn Weber

Vocal Consultant.....Jim Nelson

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