Anne Frank’s diary comes to life

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The Diary of Anne Frank” will be presented by the MLS Theatre Company this month at the Amherst Steele High School cafetorium, 450 Washington St.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. On Nov. 8, 9, 16, and 17.

Due to the subject matter of the play, it is not recommended for young children. Kids ages five and under will not be permitted.

In 1942, under the cover of night, Anne Frank’s family went into hiding from the growing Nazi regime. As Adolph Hitler and his followers close in on the Jewish people, “The Diary of Anne Frank” recounts a young girl’s struggle to survive and remain positive while isolated from the rest of the world.

Trapped in the attic of her father’s old workplace with the rest of her family, as well as the Van Daan couple and their son Peter, Anne tries to hold on to what she has left of a normal life. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”

Based on the actual diary of Anne Frank, this show is a reminder to heed the warnings of the past while paving the road to the future.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for thespians, senior citizens, and students. Box office doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.amherstk12.org/schools/steele/departments/theatre.

Priority reserved seating is available in the front row for an additional $5 or in the second row for an additional $3. For information, contact amherstmls@gmail.com.

Donations of canned goods will be accepted at all performances. For every can you provide, you’ll get a raffle ticket for a chance to win two front row seats at that night’s performance. All food will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

A dinner theater performance will be held Nov. 10, with dinner at 5 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. For information, contact amherstmls@gmail.com.

The MLS Theatre Company is a student-run organization. Every student involved in the productions is between the ages 14 and18; students take care of every aspect of the productions.

With a director, tech director, and assistant sponsor supervising, students are given leadership positions in order to design and build the sets, lights, sound, props, costumes, makeup, programs, publicity, and programs. Students also run the box office and front of house.


CAST
Helen Lewis as Anne Frank
Jacob Fennell as Otto Frank
Ann Torkelson as Edith Frank
Aurora Cupach as Margot Frank
Helen Hunt as Miep Gies
Alex Komosa as Peter Van Daan
Aaron Glowacki as Mr. Kraler
Amanda Pastron as Mrs. Van Daan
Johnny Clayton as Mr. Van Daan
Andy Smith as Mr. Dussel
Maxwell Daniels as First Man
Alexis Crisp as Second Man
Jesse Sebring as Third Man

PRODUCTION STAFF
Director: Valerie Farschman
Tech director: Pat Sanders
Assistant sponsor: D. Justin Bilewicz III
Stage manager: Olivia Parson
Assistant director: Skyler Jackson
Set and makeup: Alicyn Harris
Lights: Sam McQuate and Natalie Knight
Sound: Victor Ellis and Aaron Boothe
Props: Amy Schon and Maggie Lacey
Costumes: Claire Theisen and Blair Oravetz
House: Kaylie Pratt, Sophie Matos, and Jasmine Candelario
Dramaturg: Sam Gargasz

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