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Sycamore High presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Sycamore High School Theater Department will present its winter play, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” on Feb. 13 through 15.

“The Diary of Anne Frank” is a story of courage and hope of a young girl who hid in the Secret Annex with her family and four others to escape the Jewish prosecution during World War II and the time of the Holocaust.

This plays was adapted from “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,” edited by Otto Frank, and reflects the hardships these families faced during their two years in hiding. The fact Otto Frank had a hand in writing and working on the book, and later this play, demonstrates to truth to the story. Viewers see not only the hardships and fear, but Anne’s ability to look at the good in the situation. Instead of dealing with everything in fear, she saw it as another adventure to overcome and lived in the hope of survival. Often taught in classrooms, this story is often told.

The cast includes Victoria Smith as Anne Frank, Jordan Peterson as Otto Frank, Lauren Brazeau as Edith Frank, Anna McComb as Margot Frank, Andrew McComb as Peter Van Daan, David Boyer as Mr. Van Daan, Adrianna Acosta as Mrs. Van Daan, Alex Baccheschi as Mr. Dussel, Shianna Thompson as Miep Gies and Michael Poorten as Mr. Kraler. Merri Bork, Sarah Houdek and Tommy Phetmeuangmay as understudies.

Tech staff includes Jake Pisarski as stage manager, Jordyn Shultz as assistant stage manager, Kayla Doyle Emani Brinkman on props, Anne Malecki and Emilee Mitchell on costumes, Olivia Lohse and Brittany Moudy on hair and make-up, Hunter Thomas and Zaven Torian on sound and Bella Bliujus on lights.

The play is directed by Natalie Boone and tech directed by David Olson and Ralph Helm.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Sycamore High School Auditorium, 555 Spartan Trail.

Tickets cost $6 and can be purchased online at www.syc427.org, by phone at 815-899-8160, ext. 2173, or by visiting the Sycamore High School Box Office.

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