SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Diary of Anne Frank (adapted from the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl) has won virtually every coveted prize of theatre and film, including the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Critics Circle Award, and three Academy Awards. Performance of the play presented by the Terrill Middle School Players, the fledgling theatrical company founded by Kale Thompson, will take place on on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21st and 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Kale Thompson, Terrill’s Vocal Teacher, assisted by Nicole LaRegina, Language Arts Teacher, the cast of ten 8th graders include: Anne Frank - Rachella Carlino, Margot Frank - Raina Jablon, Mr. Frank - John DeMarco, Mrs. Frank - Libby Daniskas, Peter Van Daan - Joey Echols, Mr. Van Daan - Peter Canevari, Mrs. Van Daan - Rachel Schuman, Mr. Dussel - Justin Rizzi, Miep Gies - Cristabella Fortna and Mr. Kraler - Jason Ritter.
Directed by Thompson, Terrill’s Vocal Teacher, The Diary of Anne Frank is the second production of the brand new Terrill Middle School Players. It tells the story of a young Jewish girl who goes into hiding during WW II to escape Nazi persecution. Together with seven others, she hides in the secret annex attached to her father’s business. An aspiring writer, Anne receives a diary as a birthday gift, and it becomes a great source of support. While in hiding, she hears on the radio that the Minister of Education is asking for people to keep war diaries. Anne decides to edit her diary and create a novel called ‘The Secret Annex.’ After 2 years in hiding, the group is discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, is the only one of the eight people to survive.
“I sometimes wonder if anyone will ever understand what I mean, if anyone will ever overlook my ingratitude and not worry about whether or not I’m Jewish and merely see me as a teenager badly in need of some good, plain fun.” – Anne Frank, December 24, 1943
Published in 1947, the diary has been translated into 71 languages, and published in over 60 countries. More than 30 million copies of Anne’s diary have been sold. All eighth grade students at Terrill are studying the story of Anne Frank in various classes across the curriculum, including language arts and history. The student actors have been working both before and after school since early September.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21st and 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be available through tmsdaf.brownpapertickets.com. Students and Seniors - $8, Adults - $10. All seats in the newly renovated auditorium are reserved. Terrill Middle School is located at 1301 Terrill Rd, Scotch Plains. For more information, call (908)322-5215 x2030 or visit http://www.kalethompson.com/tms-players.html.