The Diary of Anne Frank

admin | December 7, 2009

NMSU-A’s Theatre on the Hill Presents

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

The final weekend showing of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK are November 20 & 21 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 PM at the Rohovec Fine Arts Center on the NMSU-A campus. Doors open one hour before the show.

Tickets are $8 for adults and high school students and $4 for children and may be purchased at the door. Tickets for NMSU-A students with a current ID are $2 at the door only. Children 8 years of age and older should understand the play. There is no profanity or other objectionable material in the show. For more information, call 439-3670.

Advance Tickets are available at the following locations:

  • The Blue Stone on White Sands Boulevard
  • TLC Portraits at the White Sands Mall

The show is underway for the New Mexico State University Alamogordo’s Theatre on the Hill production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, a dramatization of Anne Frank’s original diary by playwrights Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.

One of the most valuable and informative artifacts of the Holocaust, Anne’s diary focuses on her daily life and the world around her. In July of 1942, fearing deportation to Auschwitz, the Franks go into hiding in a “secret annex” in the attic of Mr. Frank’s former business. Soon after, they are joined by the Van Daan family and a dentist named Mr. Dussel.

For over two years, Anne recorded what life was like in the annex–the fear, tension, frustration–and even boredom–of a life lived under very compromised conditions. Much of the diary centers on Anne’s difficult, if typically adolescent, relationship with her mother as well as her interest in the Van Daan’s teenage son, Peter. Anne also shares her hopes for her life after the war–and her dream of becoming a writer. In this way, the diary introduces readers to a very typical teenage girl–a girl whose thoughts and emotions put a human face on the almost incomprehensible horror of the Holocaust.

Playing the title role of Anne is Andrea Bond, a seventh grade student at Chaparral Middle School. The daughter of Gary and Colleen Bond, Andrea has been active in theatre since she started performing in 2003 with the Missoula Children’s Theatre traveling productions. At NMSU-A, Andrea danced the role of Blue Fish in SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL and most recently played Rowdie in THE BIG DOG’S CLUB.

According to director Connie Breding, finding “the right” Anne was very challenging. “We had many talented young gals who turned in impressive auditions, but I kept coming back to Andrea because she captured the exuberance and energy that was needed for Anne. Hiding in the Secret Annex, Anne is restricted to living in a small, cramped space, yet she always keeps an inquisitive nature and a love of life. Andrea was able to connect with that important part of Anne’s personality.”

Victoria Crosby, a student at NMSU-A, plays Margot, Anne’s older, more studious sister. Active in NMSU-A Theatre since 2006, Crosby plans to make acting her career.

Tasked with bringing Mr. and Mrs. Frank to life on the stage are Aaron Adkison and Lori Lamphere-Stewart. While Mr. Frank is Adkison’s first major role, Lamphere-Stewart is well-known to Ruidoso audiences for her many performances with Lincoln County Community Theatre.

The Van Daan family, who shares the Secret Annex, is played by Rod Barnes as Mr. Van Daan, Cari del Palacio as Mrs. Van Daan, and Jeremy Colbert as Peter. Rounding out the cast are Cliff Reisig as Mr. Dussell, Robert Trowbridge as Mr. Kraler, and Larisa Hoke as Miep.

Christina Stubbs and Cherece Laperuta, both NMSU-A students, are the Assistant Directors, while the set is designed by NMSU-A adjunct theatre faculty member Will Bartlett, who is assisted by Greg Fultz, and the members of the Stagecraft class and the Running Crew class. Leif Jones and Joe Busick will be operating the light board and the sound console, Lissa Forrest is heading the prop crew, while Stubbs also handles the duties of Makeup and Costume Designer.

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