Fall play: Auditions to be held this week for "Diary of Anne Frank"
Published: Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 3:13pm
AFTER TWO CONSECUTIVE comedies last year, Uni theater is giving something more serious a try. The fall play will be "The Diary of Anne Frank," by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman.
For anyone who wants to join the cast, auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the North Attic.
A copy of the script is on reserve in the Uni Library if anyone wants to read it before auditions; however, there is no need to prepare a monologue, according to fine arts teacher Barbara Ridenour, who will direct the play.
The original play was adapted from the actual diary of Anne Frank, a 13-year-old Jewish girl who chronicled her life as the Nazis came into power. The diary details the lives of two Jewish families trying desperately to escape detection in the midst of the Holocaust.
Uni's fall play will be an alteration of the original version. Instead of three acts, the new play has only two, with an optional intermission. The adaptation was nominated for two Tony Awards for Best Revival for a Play in 1998.
When it came out, The New York Times called it "undeniably moving," while the Associated Press said it was "a powerful new version that moves the audience to gasps, then tears."
Like most Uni fall plays, this one has a relatively small cast. There are roles for five men and five women, as well as three extras, as follows:
- Anne Frank
- Otto Frank
- Margot Frank
- Edith Frank
- Mrs. Van Daan
- Mr. Van Daan
- Peter Van Daan
- Mr. Kraler
- Mr. Dussel
- Miep Gies
- First Man
- Second Man
- Third Man
The fall play will be performed in the North Attic Playhouse at 7 p.m. Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3.
Last year's fall play was George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's comedy “You Can't Take It With You.” The spring musical was Cole Porter's "Anything Goes."