A cast of 10 local actors will share "The Diary of Anne Frank" for two weekends at Shelby Middle School.
It’s based on the true story. As a young girl, Frank went into hiding with her family in Amsterdam during World War II. They attempted to avoid the Nazis.
The play, presented by Greater Shelby Community Theatre, opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Two other perforamances are scheduled this weekend and the show continues next weekend.
“The diary is what was left in the hiding place in Holland when the Nazis found them,” said director Fred Van Patten. “They were taken away to concentration camps. Everyone in the family except the father died in the concentration camps. He came back to Amsterdam and found his daughter’s diary there.”
The diary shares how Anne Frank saw her family’s life and tells about their relationships. Van Patten said they had some problems and good times during the couple of years they hid.
Ryann Clark stars as Anne Frank. Van Patten said the teenager has performed in a couple of shows and the cast is filled with seasoned actors. He said Clark is doing well in preparing for the big role.
“Most teenagers today were not faced with those kind of terrible circumstances,” Van Patten said. “We live a pretty good life compared to what it would have been like if we’d had to go into hiding.”
The play is about two hours and includes an intermission.
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COMING NEXT THURDAY: A profile of actress Amy Reeps, who plays Anne Frank's mother. She explains why this play is important to her.