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Anne Frank Production
Anne Frank (Jill Sperling) is curious about Peter's (David Engbrecht) suitcase
Otto Frank (Nicholas Martens) welcoming Mr. Van Daan (Jeremy Bergen) to the annex
Mr. Dussel (Jeremy Gerbrandt) is stressed about moving into the annex, while Edith Frank (Alissa Coutts) looks on

Holocaust History Comes to Life on Providence Stage

When the young Jewish girl, Anne Frank, first sat down to write in her diary in the midst of WWII, she had no idea that her words would become a timeless symbol of both horror and hope for generations to come. Anne, together with her family and a few friends, lived in hiding from the Nazis for two very difficult years, kept alive through the help of a few courageous Dutch friends. Anne’s diary chronicles those two years in hiding, and Providence theatre brings Anne’s diary to life in the powerful Pulitzer-Prize winning stage play, The Diary of Anne Frank.

Living in constant fear of being discovered before eventually being banished to the death camps, the play depicts the valiant struggle of Anne, and the others, to hang on to hope and joy, and ultimately God, in the midst of what she called “a world gradually turned into a wilderness…..surrounded by danger and darkness.”

Experienced through the delightful and irrepressible Anne, the play captures the confusion of her budding adolescence and first romance, the palpable fear in the secret annex, and the swelling relational strain among the eight captives. The result is an evening that is much more than entertainment, as it explores the deepest movements of the human spirit – both joy and sorrow - leaving the audience both laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time.

Anne’s diary was preserved by her father, Otto Frank, the only member of the household to survive the concentration camps. It was first published in 1952 and soon became part of the curriculum in many secondary schools, including some in Hanover School Division. It has been translated into more than 60 languages, and is one of the best-selling books of all time. Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett wrote the script that was first staged on Broadway in New York, 1955, winning most theatre awards that year.

Since then, it has remained one of the most frequently staged plays around the world, reportedly seen somewhere every day of every year.

It is Anne’s indomitable spirit that breathes hope into what appears to be a hopeless situation, as she tells us that “in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

But Anne’s courage is more than a symbol of hope, says Val Hiebert, director and producer of the play. “More than the persistence of hope in the midst of evil, ultimately the diary of Anne Frank is an instrument for bearing witness – a warning and call for all us who are “writing” tomorrow’s history, to make sure we work to eradicate all forms of racism and prejudice – to ensure that there will be no future holocausts.”

Public performances are 7:30 nightly at Providence College, Feb. 18 – 20th, and high school matinees are Feb. 17th & 18th. Reserve tickets for evening performances are available for $8.50 by calling 433 – 7488. Tickets will also be available at the door for $10.00. Student matinee tickets are $3.00.

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