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The Diary of Anne Frank Comes to Life On the FTC Stage
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 • Posted September 1, 2010

Exhibit compliments theme of tolerance, democracy and human rights

Vividly bringing the historic account of Dutch Jews hiding from the Nazis during World War II to life, the Fredericksburg Theater Company will proudly present The Diary of Anne Frank, beginning Sept. 10.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 30 for the second production of FTC’s 14th season which includes performances on Sept. 10-12, Sept. 16, Sept. 18-19, and Sept. 23-26 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South, at 7:30 p.m. Special "talk-about" performances are set for Sept. 16 and Sept. 19, which will allow patrons to learn about the "making-of" the show and have a Q&A with cast members and director John Phelps. Tickets to the show are $20 for adults and $5.50 for students and are available at the FTC box office, located at 306 E. Austin Street. They may be purchased online at www.fredericksburgtheater.org.

FTC recently announced the cast for The Diary of Anne Frank, which will see sisters, Madelyne and Rebecca Voorhees share the role of the title character. Robert Menking will play Otto Frank, while Dawn Hahn will portray his wife, Edith. Courtney LeFan will play Anne’s older sister, Margot. Bill Joseph will play Mr. Van Daan, while Sarah Fontenot will portray Mrs. Van Daan. Zane Phillips will portray Peter Van Daan and Kevin Judson will be Mr. Dussel. Heidi Eubanks will play the role of Miep, while Curt Regester will portray Mr. Kraler. All cast members are residents of Fredericksburg and Mason, TX.

"FTC has the opportunity to use the arts as the unique tool to educate young people and our community," FTC Managing Director Julie Voorhees said. "From the actors and crew celebrating a wonderful Shabbat ceremony together and learning some of the Jewish traditions, to the many volunteers who have donated hours and hours of their time to learn about Anne Frank and the inhabitants of the Annex so they can be docents at the exhibit, our community has embraced this production," she added.

As part of the production, FTC will bring an internationally-renowned exhibit entitled "Anne Frank: A History for Today" to Fredericksburg for the first time. Created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, this exhibit consists primarily of narrative text and color photographic reproductions. "It illustrates the continuing relevance of Anne’s story and the important lessons it can teach us today," Mrs. Voorhees said. "The exhibit reminds us that the discrimination and racism that brought an end to her life did not disappear when World War II ended." The exhibit will be on display Sept. 4-26 in the lobby of the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 Highway 87 South in Fredericksburg. Tours are open to the public and will be available free of charge for student groups.

Hours for the exhibit will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Additional hours will be held beginning two hours prior to each of the 11 performances of The Diary of Anne Frank. Exhibit entrance fee is $5 for adults and $1 for youth 18 and under. One exhibit entrance is free with a ticket to any Diary of Anne Frank performance.

 

 

 

Shown in this photo from one of the last rehearsals is Mrs. Frank played by Dawn Hahn of Mason and Miep played by Heidi Eubanks of Fredericksburg.

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