From bottom left Kate Keller (Maya Lazarus) holds Helen (Olivia Nicholson) as Aunt Ev (Gaby Godinez), Viney (Sophie Noyes) Annie Sullivan (Tess Dinerstein) James Keller (Sam Blustein) and Captain Keller (Noah Rogers) look on. Photo courtesy of ETHS

Evanston Township High School presents “The Miracle Worker” Dec. 15-17 in its Upstairs Theater, 1600 Dodge Ave.

The play tells the story of Helen Keller, a young girl left blind and deaf by a childhood illness, and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Unable to communicate with Helen, the Keller family is close to sending their wild, untamed daughter to an institution. Only Ms. Sullivan realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from her dark, tortured silence. Her success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word.

Maya Lazarus, who plays Helen’s mother, Kate, says, “‘The Miracle Worker’ is an incredibly powerful show that is important on many levels. Annie is a strong woman character whose persistence and will leads to a real-life miracle that completely transforms Helen as well as the entire Keller family. This show is about communication and love in a time of frustration and despair, a situation that is very relevant today.”

Guests should park in the lot behind the school near Door #2, the former Bacon Entrance, on the southwest corner of the school.

Tickets are available any time, 847-424-7848 weekdays 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., at the ETHS Fine Arts Office in A101 during school hours, and at the performance.