In honor of the 70th anniversary of the publishing of Anne Frank’s diary, Cedarville University’s theater department selected Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s “The Diary of Anne Frank” as their fall production. The show opened Friday, October 6, and concluded Sunday, October 15.
– photos by Jennifer Gammie
Otto Frank and Miep Gies, played by sophomore Andrew Standley and junior Susanna Edwards, weep over the words Anne had written in the diary she was forced to leave behind when the authorities came to take the fugitives to the concentration camps.
An energetic Anne Frank meets the antisocial Peter van Daan, senior Gabrielle Bauman and sophomore William Douglas, for the first time. The Frank’s and the van Daan’s would live in hiding together for about two years before they would be discovered.
Mr. Frank gifts Anne the diary in which she will document her years in hiding.
Mr, Kraler, played by senior Nathan Robertson, announces to the families that another fugitive will be joining them – Mr. Dussel, a dentist from the Frank’s community, played by senior Remy Patterson.
With limited space in Kraler’s annex, Anne and Mr. Dussel must share a room.
Anne faithfully documents her life in hiding.
The Frank’s, van Daan’s, and Mr. Dussel all celebrate hanukkah together in hiding, compelte with handmade gifts from Anne.
“The invasion has begun!” Miep delivers the news that the Americans have invaded, giving the families hope of freedom soon.
Otto Frank was the only one of his family to survive the Holocaust. After Anne’s diary was rescued by Miep, Mr. Frank transcribed and published his daughter’s writings.