Official State Outdoor Drama of Alabama
"The Miracle Worker", by William Gibson, was designated the state outdoor drama of Alabama in 1991. The play tells the story of the deaf and mute Helen Keller's early life with her teacher, Anne Sullivan. The first production of the drama was performed on the grounds of Ivy Green in 1962. All State Arts & Drama
Ivy Green is the birthplace of Helen Keller (1880–1968, U.S. lecturer, author, and educator), in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The home was built in 1820 by Helen Keller's grandfather David Keller. It is listed on the national register of historic places.
A Helen Keller Festival is held in Tuscumbia each June. The annual summer outdoor performances of "The Miracle Worker", performed each summer from the end of June through July on the Ivy Green grounds, begin during the festival. The week-long event also includes a parade, sporting events, and tours of historic places among other entertainments.
Alabama also recognizes an official State Musical Drama