The month of October is proven to be one of the busier months of the school year with students preoccupied with events ranging from standardized testing to homecoming. October is also known for the Dreamland Stage Company’s fall show. This year’s show, directed by Laura Gallagher Byrne, will be “The Diary of Anne Frank”, an adaptation of the book “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. “The Diary of a Young Girl” has become an essential way to remember one of the darkest periods in history and Anne’s story is told through the play.
The play begins in Amsterdam July 6, 1942 when the Frank and Van Daan families are forced into hiding during World War II. Mr. Kraler (Tucker Holland) and Miep Gies (Laurie Richards) help the families get settled into a secret annex. Mr. and Mrs. Frank (George Pappas and Jess Andra) and their daughters, Anne (Chloe Girvin) and Margot ( Nicole LeBlanc), as well as Mr. and Mrs. van Daan (Jack Bulger and Cynthia Csabay) and their son Peter (Dylan Marks). The two families are forced to hide up in that annex for about two years as the Nazi’s deported the Jews of Holland to their deaths.
In spite of these oppressive and horrible circumstances, Anne’s spirit transcends as she voices her belief, “in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” The families learn from Miep that the Allied invasion of the European continent has begun, and they are hopeful that they may soon come out of hiding. However, only a few weeks later, the Nazis arrive to take them away. Anne writes the last entry in her diary on August 1, 1944. The play ends with the return of Mr. Frank to the abandoned hiding place. He has Anne’s diary and tells the audience exactly what has happened to each of the characters. It is only Anne’s words that remain.
When the show was created in the mid- 1950s, it was a major hit and still continues to have an impact on audiences who have seen it. When seeing the show performed by professional actors, the NY Daily Times wrote “There is so much beauty, warm humor and gentle pity in ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ that is difficult to imagine how this play could be contained in one set on one stage… this is a fine drama.” The show opens October 4th and runs through the 14th. The shows on the 4th and the 11th begin at 5:30pm; those on the 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th are all starting at 7pm; and those 7th and 14th are both matinees, starting at 2pm. The production will be performed in the Main Theatre at the Nantucket Dreamland with a runtime of about an hour and a half.
By Gabby MaCallister