The pages of Anne Frank's history-making diary come vividly to life February 10-14 on the stage at Gordon State College. Through Wendy Kesselman's stirring adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, audiences are invited to enter Anne's world and share her joy, her pain, and most of her indomitable spirit.
Although the story of Anne Frank is well known by all generations, this production offers a more personal view of the young writer by having the audience seated on stage and sharing the Annex with Anne and the others who are hiding from the Nazis during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II.
"Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank. We wanted to make her world authentic for our audience. We wanted them to see her as a real young woman not only as an historical figure," says director Laura King, instructor of theatre at GSC.
This production of The Diary of Anne Frank features Katherine Odegaard as Anne Frank. "This is my first production at Gordon," says biology major Katherine. "I'm of German descent and my family had land seized by the Nazis. I'm honored to help bring this story to Gordon audiences."
The play also features Christian Madura as her father Otto, with Sarah Bowman as Anne's mother Edith and Taylor Drawdy as Anne's sister Margot. The Van Daan family is played by Maleah Hatcher as Mrs. Van Daan, Cameron Johnson as Mr. Van Daan, and Ja'Michael Stephens as Peter. The cast is rounded out by Dante Pereirea as Mr. Dussel, Dejah Sibblies as Miep, and Michael Hicks as Mr. Kraler.
Also, in a late night treat - No Shame Theatre is back by popular demand, directly following the Friday, February 12 performance only, at approximately 9:30 pm. Join the drama club who will facilitate this original works event. The show is made up of audience volunteers who bring their own creations to share.
At a Glance:
What: The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Where: Stage of the Gordon State College Fine Arts Theatre
When: February 10-13 at 7:30 p.m. and February 14 at 2 p.m. Seating is limited. Theatre doors open half-hour before show
Admission: Adults $7; Seniors $6; Gordon Students and Employees Free; Other Students $5 and Group (10+) $4