HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 20, 2013 – High Point University’s Department of Theatre will present “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a stage adaptation of the autobiographical book, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 – 5 and Oct. 7 – 9 in the Empty Space Theatre on the HPU campus. It is open to the public, and tickets are available to purchase.
The play follows Anne Frank, a 13-year-old German-Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam from 1942-1944. The story recounts her diary, feelings, fears and relationships while hiding in the attic of a condiment factory with her family and others for more than two years.
HPU’s production will be directed by Doug Brown, assistant professor of theatre, and will star seniors Chaz Duffy, Jared Goldenburg, David Mikulay, Michael Shield and Kelsey Swann; juniors Ashton Hunt and Stephen Sargeant; sophomores Mackie Quirk and Nina Yasick; and freshman Lauren Jacques. Sarah Thompson, a junior, will serve as stage manager; Ami Shupe, associate professor of theatre, as costume designer; Matthew Emerson, assistant professor of theatre, as scenic and lighting designer; and Russell Hill, theatre facility manager, as sound designer.
“The Theatre Department wanted to continue to choose works that would challenge the audience,” says Brown. “The story of Anne Frank, and the other seven individuals who hid from the Nazi regime for over two years in a small hidden apartment, is heart wrenching as it explores the themes of bigotry, racism, suffering and hope.”
Brown notes that although most people are familiar with the publication of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” the play allows audiences members to experience visually and emotionally the personal experiences of the Jewish people under the Nazi invasion of Europe.
“The audience will be able to experience firsthand the challenges, the fears, the moments of joy and the ultimate terror that Anne and the other seven individuals lived through in the Secret Annex,” says Brown.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and under. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.