The Diary of Anne Frank - January 24 - January 26, 2019

ThunderRidge Theatre

  End Notes  

A note from our director:


As important as when it was first written, The Dairy of Anne Frank has become an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of human history.  Through Anne, we see a girl come into young adulthood.  We watch her struggle to navigate through a period of time that is difficult for most teenagers, and she does it while confined to a tiny attic surrounded by only a handful of people, terrified every day that they will be found. 
This cast has shown tremendous commitment to the play, the story, and the characters. These students put their heart and soul into this show. There have been many, many tears throughout this process, and thankfully some laughter as well.  Thank you to my student director, and to Dylan and the amazing crew that built the secret annex on our stage.   Thank you to all the parents that helped, to LivingVoices for telling our cast and crew Anne's story, and Jack Adler who, as a Holocaust survivor, spoke to our students about his experiences.  



Kylene Hurley




A note from our student director:


Hello! First and foremost I would like to thank all of you for being here tonight. This story is so important, especially now, and I really appreciate you all taking the time to hear it.


I was first exposed to the story when I was twelve, in preparation for my Bat Mitzvah. At the time it helped me find comfort in knowing that I wasn’t the only Jewish kid who questioned their belief in God. Since then, it has had a special place in my heart, as a fantastic piece of literature and a sign of solidarity.


This story is so important. It serves as a cautionary tale of what happens when we don’t question our leadership and hold strong to our values and it teaches us tolerance and to find the good in the world no matter the circumstances. As a person who has experienced anti-semitism in the 21st century, I am so grateful to be doing a show that preaches that message and I hope that our cast inspires you with that message.


Emily Sickler

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