"Diary of Anne Frank" on stage

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

Folks gathered at the “Artists Collective Theatre” in Elkhorn city Sunday evening for a live stage performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank."

During the Holocaust, a Jewish girl by the name of Anne Frank kept a diary while she was in hiding from the Nazis. It has since become one of the most well-known memoirs from that time.

“This theater does good work all the time, but the story makes this show special,” says Rodney Ruth, who plays “Mr. Kraler.”

“It was hard at first to find the character of Anne Frank, but once I found her and got into it, it has been great,” says Emily Chaney, who plays “Anne Frank.”

The impact of Frank's writings is still being shared today at the “Artists Collaborative Theatre” in Elkhorn City where a live interpretation is currently center stage.

“This show is that diamond because it sums up and gives us so much in one package - it's the love of family, the celebration of life, the survival mechanism that humans have,” says Stephanie Richards, the executive director.

“It's a wonderful experience to know that we can bring this story, bring these people to life in front of everyone and teach them not only about history but also about being kind to one another,” says Billy Jack Fuller, Jr., who plays "Otto Frank.”

Folks in attendance say the theatre has been a great resource for their community.

“It’s wonderful, especially to see the young children do it, they love. My son loves it. It has made a difference,” says Lisa Mullins, an attendee of the performance.

Performances of the Diary of Anne Frank will continue to run through March 23rd. For more information, there is a link attached to this article to the theatre’s website.

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