Announcing Auditions for:

Directed by Jeanne Drone
Produced by Cindy Davis Massey

Show Dates August 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17

Sunday, June 2 & Monday, June 3
5:30 for Children Ages 6-12
7:00 for Adults

Pull-Tight Theatre

Auditions will be held at the Pull-Tight Theatre in Historic Downtown Franklin
at 112 Second Avenue South for the opening show of our 51st season.

There are parts available for:
3 men (age ranges 40-70)
1 young man (age range 16-25)
*4 women (age ranges 18-60)
*6-8 girls (age ranges 7-16)
*1 boy (age range 7-12)
*African-American women and children are encouraged to audition.

Actors should be prepared to do cold readings from the script.

Questions? Email the director, Jeanne Drone, at jeannevaldrone@gmail.com.

Character Descriptions (with age ranges)

Annie Sullivan  (18-35) – Teacher of the deaf and blind child, Helen Keller. Annie, herself blind during her childhood years, comes to the Keller household at the age of 20 to attempt to teach language to Helen. Her brash self-confidence is a pose covering her deep fear of possible failure in her first position. The clashes of wills between herself and Helen and between herself and the child’s father pique her Irish temper throughout the play. With tireless perseverance, she repeats the manual alphabet into Helen’s hand, spelling the name of every object the child can touch in hopes of making the connection in Helen’s mind that everything has a name.  *Speaks with an Irish accent. *Must learn American Sign Language Manual Alphabet.

Captain Arthur Keller (40-55) – Retired Civil War officer who edits a town newspaper in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He is a haughty man apparently accustomed during his military career to instant and unquestioning obedience to his every whim. His disappointment at the seeming cowardice of his teenage son and the terrible physical affliction of his small daughter gnaw at his heart, causing him to be irascible and sharply demanding at times with his family.  Underneath, he is a concerned and loving father and husband. He is especially frustrated in his efforts to dominate Annie Sullivan, Helen’s teacher, finding her persistence and inner courage more than a match for his chauvinism.

Kate Keller (35-45) – The young second wife of Captain Keller and mother of Helen Keller. She has tried unsuccessfully to cope with Helen’s random, destructive movements and angry tantrums.  With a new baby in the family, she realizes the desperate need to teach Helen self-control. With gentle persuasion and a sure instinct for her husband’s temperament, Kate manages to persuade her husband to hire Annie Sullivan as a teacher and to allow her to teach Helen.

Helen Keller (7-11) – A child who lost both sight and hearing as a result of high fever during an illness as an infant. Locked inside the dark cage of her body, she is unable to communicate her simplest wants and needs to others except through violent tantrums and howls resembling those of a hurt animal. *Must learn American Sign Language Manual Alphabet.

James Keller (16-25) – Helen’s teenage half-brother. Living in awe of his domineering father, James has grown resentful of his stepmother, Kate, and of Helen, who demands so much attention and care that he feels cheated out of the family love he desires. With the arrival of Annie, he is able to see a model of brave resistance to circumstances and to his father’s demanding ways. Through her influence, he begins to grow toward asserting his own personhood.

Aunt Ev (40-60) – Captain Keller’s sister. As a kindly concerned aunt, Ev spoils Helen with small treats and supports Kate in her efforts to get help for the child, adding some comedy to the storyline.

Viney (30-50) – The Keller family servant. Amid the turmoil of a household that revolves around the whims and temper of a handicapped child, Viney manages to keep a stable and good-humored manner.  Her children, Martha and Percy are playmates for Helen. *It is recommended in the script that an African-American actress play this character.

Mr. Anagnos (ah-nah-nyose) (50-70) – The headmaster of the Perkins Institute for the Blind, the school where Annie was trained. It is Mr. Anagnos who chooses Annie for the difficult assignment of teaching Helen Keller.

Martha & Percy (7-12) – Viney’s children, who are Helen’s playmates. *It is recommended in the script that African-American actors play these characters.

Doctor (30-60) – Has taken care of Helen since she was an infant.  This is a one-scene role.

Blind Girls (6-16) – Children at the Perkins Institute for the Blind. They love Annie and hate to see her leave on her assignment. *We will be casting 4-6 girls who will all have lines.


Anagnos & Annie
Annie & James
Annie/Keller/Kate/James/Aunt Ev/Helen
Helen/Kate/Aunt Ev/ Keller/James
Viney/Kate/Aunt Ev