Hope, redemption in ‘The Miracle Worker’

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Annie (Leah Petty, right) teaches Helen (Riley Budny) the word for water in a scene from Corinth Theatre-Arts' "The Miracle Worker."

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Annie (Leah Petty, right) teaches Helen (Riley Budny) the word for water in a scene from Corinth Theatre-Arts’ “The Miracle Worker.”

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

CORINTH – “The Miracle Worker” is about the power of hope, redemption and education – with a study in stage fighting.

Corinth Theatre-Arts is presenting the true story of the education of a deaf-blind girl Helen Keller (Riley Budny) by her teacher, Annie Sullivan (Leah Petty), from Helen’s initial difficulties to their famous success.

“It’s not a Christmas play, per say, but it does have hope,” said director Cristina Skinner. “We were looking for something that gives hope, and this does have a Dickens quality about it.”

It’s Budny’s first play, and she and Petty have become fast friends as they’ve learned how to fight and learn on stage. Helen was very physical and at first fought Annie’s attempts to teach her.

“I think I picked two of the calmest actors to play the angriest characters. They have to tap into some source of anger,” Skinner said.

Petty, though, has grown fond of her character’s strength.

“She’s very strong willed, and she’s very witty,” she said.

Both actresses have learned sign language and stage combat for the play.

“It’s a very physical show, with good perspectives from each side,” Skinner said.

Budny said she hopes the audience finds inspiration in “The Miracle Worker.”

“I hope they see that you can do anything,” Petty added. “You can overcome anything, and I can relate to that.”

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

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DIM THE LIGHTS

What: Corinth Theatre-Arts presents ‘The Miracle Worker”

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Corinth Theatre-Arts

Cost: $12/adults, $6/students

Info: (662) 287-2995, corinththeatrearts.com