Wilsonville High School’s Black Box Theatre, a small, versatile theatre space that has housed several “small-scale” productions over the past few years will now house the ever-compelling story of Anne Frank. Anne’s original diary chronicled her days living in “the secret annex,” where her family was in hiding from the Nazis for two years. The diary was published as a book by the sole survivor of the family, Anne’s father, Otto Frank, three years after the family was discovered by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps.
The stage version of The Diary of Anne Frank was written by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett, a married pair of Hollywood screenwriters who co-wrote It’s a Wonderful Life with Frank Capra in the 1940′s. This stage version highlights the struggles Anne endures both with her parents and the others she has to live with in cramped conditions. These folks include the vain Mrs. Van Daan, who seems to care more about her fur coat than her son or husband, the boorish Mr. Van Daan, whose constant craving for cigarettes makes him perpetually irritable, and the fuss-budget of a dentist, Mr. Dussel, with whom Anne has to share a bedroom.
Anne starts out in the play as an excitable thirteen-year-old child but grows into a young lady toward the end of the play, who is full of hopes, dreams, and a realistic, forgiving attitude towards life. Part of Anne’s transformation has to do with her relationship with Peter Van Daan, the shy, introspective sixteen-year old son of the Van Daans, and the growth of their relationship over their two years living in the secret annex.
Freshman Hayden Wilde plays the irrepressible Anne. Junior Cameron Worth plays Anne’s father, senior Delane Cunningham plays Anne’s mother, Edith Frank, and freshman Izzy Ochocki plays Anne’s sister, Margot.
Senior Aaron Gilbert plays Peter, and senior Madison Pintar and junior Daniel McKennie play his parents, Mrs. and Mr. Van Daan. Freshman Steve Prescott plays Mr. Dussel, and senior Paige Peterson and junior Andy Williams play Miep Gies and Mr. Kraler, the families’ Dutch protectors who bring them food and news while they wait for the war to end.
Directed by Jason Katz, The Diary Of Anne Frank opens in the Black Box Theatre, which is adjacent to the auditorium, at Wilsonville High School on Thursday, February 27th at 7pm.
The production runs February 28th, March 1st, and March 6th, 7th, and 8th at 7pm. There will also be a 2pm matinee on Saturday, March 8th. Tickets can be purchased through the theatre department website, www.wildcatdrama.com or at the door the night of the show. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. The box office now accepts cash, checks, debit and credit cards. However, seating is more limited than usual. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.
Join us in December for our second major production of the year — A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which showcases Shakespeare at his imaginative and hilarious best.
Sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true…but it sure helps to have the love and support of your sisters.
Meet the March sisters!
Jo is the pluckiest and most ambitious one…played by Madison Pintar, top, center.
Meg is the eldest and the most romantic one…played by Rachel Hawkins on the right.
Beth is the sweetest and most thoughtful one…played by Angela Garrett on the left.
And Amy is the sassiest and most artistic one…played by Hayley Rousselle below, center.
And listen to the ensemble rehearse The Weekly Volcano Press with Jo!
Show opens on October 10th and runs through October 19th
Tickets on sale now — Click here to view dates and seating!
Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2012-13 Season one of our best ever!
We hope you join us next year for one or more of our exciting offerings:
Little Women, the Musical* – This 2005 Broadway musical about the March sisters is an emotional classic. The show will feature some of the school’s finest singing talent. October, 2013. Directed by Jason Katz.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream- Shakespeare’s most enjoyable classic just in time for the holidays. December, 2012. Directed by John Fitzgerald.
The Diary of Anne Frank - The life-affirming drama comes to life in our Black Box Theatre. February, 2014. Directed by Jason Katz.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – Snoopy and the gang are all here for singing and dancing fun in this springtime musical. May, 2014. Directed by John Fitzgerald.
*Auditions for Little Women will take place on June 17th and 18th at 2pm in the choir room at Wilsonville High School. Incoming freshmen and current WHS students are welcome to audition. Email Mr. Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.