NHS performs ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

By Mary Wendell | Published Saturday, October 13, 2012

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The Northwest theatre department is presenting “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and the final two shows will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

“This is the most difficult non-musical show we’ve done,” said director Nick Kougais. “This has been a great group to work with.”

More than 30 students comprise the crew and cast. The students build the set, choose the uniforms and music, and help run the play.

Student director Riley Payne, a senior admits this year’s play is a challenge but says her cast is up to it.

“This cast has grown the most out of all the casts we’ve had,” Payne said. “It’s great to have the director opportunity I have had because I get to see them grow. You can see them connecting what we learn in class and applying it on the stage.”

Payne is an actor and says that the Northwest program is getting her ready to study theatre in college.

The play is adapted from the book, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and originally opened on Broadway on Oct. 5, 1955.

Northwest’s theatre department took six weeks to prepare for the show.

“The main thing we wanted to take from this was that we really wanted to take it from the book,” Kougais said. “We wanted to add a lot of the characteristics and do them justice based on how she [Frank] wrote them.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, eighth-graders from Gene Pike, Truett Wilson and Chisholm Trail Middle Schools watched the first act of the play and heard from Holocaust survivor, Max Glauben (see story on 1A).

Tickets for the show cost $7 for children and students and are $10 for adults.

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