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Posted on Mon, May 27, 2013 : 5:21 a.m.

Explorers Homeschool Co-op to present 'The Miracle Worker'

By Jenn McKee

Explorers Homeschool Co-Op's drama department will present William Gibson's classic play, "The Miracle Worker," at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater (911 N. University Ave. in Ann Arbor) on Thursday, May 30 at noon (school show); Thursday and Friday, May 30 and 31, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 ($8 for students/seniors) and can be purchased via email at or

Wendy Sielaff directs this troupe of local high school students, who work to tell the inspiring, true story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and deaf young student, Helen Keller.

The press release describes the play in further detail: "'The Miracle Worker' dramatizes the volatile relationship between the determined 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 to the utterance of a single, glorious word: 'water.'"

Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.