The Bishop Stang Theatre Company will present the drama The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. In this gripping new adaptation of the original stage play, survivor accounts and newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of those persecuted under Nazi rule. Kessleman's adaptation has been called "transcendently powerful." In the play Anne Frank emerges from history as a living, bright young girl whose words strike at the very heart of human hope, “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!” Through the words of Anne, a gifted young writer, we learn about the realities of a family surviving in close and claustrophobic circumstances in order to survive. The isolation experienced by many during the time of Covid makes Anne's experience in the secret annex all the more poignant.
The Bishop Stang Theatre Company's production brings together a talented cast including: Sophia Berard (Anne Frank), Sean Reis (Mr. Frank), Emily Defrietas (Edith Frank), Naomi Cooper (Margot Frank), Allison Pereira (Miep Gies), Collin Sardinha (Peter Van Daan), Trevor Squire (Mr. Kraler), Maylee Thibault (Mrs Van Daan), Mitchel Beuttel (Mr. Van Daan), Nate Wollenhaupt (Mr. Dussel), and Jake Jones and Abel Venture (Nazi Officers).
The curtain goes up on Saturday, November 13 at 7:00 pm and on Sunday, November 14 at 2: pm on the stage at Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Rd., North Dartmouth. General admission tickets are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for students and seniors. Call the school at (508) 996-5602 for more information.