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Massasoit Theatre Company Student Ensemble
Announces Auditions for The Diary of Anne Frank
       

NOTE: A perusal script is available for review at the Massasoit Library.

Audition Date:
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm First come first serve basis.

Audition Info:
Open to all Massasoit Community College students and students from any local colleges. Please prepare a one minute dramatic monologue. Sides will be provided.

Location:
Massasoit Community College
Brockton Campus
Fine Arts Building, Large Theatre
1 Massasoit Boulevard
Brockton, MA, 02302

Rehearsals: Tuesdays 6:00 – 9:00 pm/Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 pm/Sunday 12 :00 – 4:30 pm (February 16, 2020 & March 1, 2020)
***Unscheduled Sunday afternoons can be reserved for make-up rehearsals in case of snow cancellations.***

Public Performance Show Date:
Saturday, April 4, 20209 at 7:00 pm
Talk back after the show.
Theatre tours available to a limited number of groups.

Performances for local schools:
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 10:00 am (Tuesday, March 31, 2020 is a Snow Date)
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:00 am (Thursday, April 2, 2020 is a Snow Date)
$10 per Student
Chaperones are free.
Talk back after the show.

To make your school reservation:
Contact Mark Rocheteau at 508-588-9100 x1982
Or email at mrocheteau@massasoit.mass.edu

To purchase tickets:
508-427-1234
www.massasoit.edu/boxoffice
$16-General Patrons
$14-Seniors/Students/Vets

Production Staff
Directors: Liz Bettencourt
Technical Director: Nathan Fogg
Master Electrician: Joseph Mastrangelo
Producer: Mark C. Rocheteau

Plot Summary & Production Details

In this transcendentally powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

“Undeniably moving. It shatters the heart. The evening never lets us forget the inhuman darkness waiting to claim its incandescently human heroine.” —The New York Times

“An extraordinary theatrical adventure! Go and remember.” —The New York Post

WHY CHOOSE The Diary of Anne Frank?

Massasoit Theatre Company’s Educational Outreach Program seeks to provide academic institutions with access to professional level theatrical productions at an affordable price. This is a wonderful opportunity for young students to learn from Massasoit and other area college students in a creative and engaging environment. Perfect for middle and high school aged students, The Diary of Anne Frank not only provides students with access to civic engagement and history, but also a chance to experience live theatre.

The Diary of Anne Frank Cast Description:

Anne Frank: Female age 13 through 15 during her time in the Secret annex. The youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank, Anne is a lively, curious, intelligent girl. She is terrified but optimistic throughout the two years they are in hiding and tries to make the best of the situation. As her diary reveals, she is creative, introspective, and highly imaginative. She is entering puberty and this is a time of awakening for her. Born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and raised a reformed Jew.

Otto Frank: Otto’s age during his time in the annex was 53-55. Otto is Anne’s loving, polite, and practical father. Mr. Frank is the head of the Secret annex. His kindness, calmness, and patience are tested as he is often the one to try to settle disputes. Born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, a Reformed Jew.

Edith Frank: Mrs. Frank loves her daughters but worries about Anne’s rambunctious behavior. Edith is Jewish and was 42-44 years old during her time in the annex.

Margot Frank: Margot is age 16 through 18 during her time in the annex. Margot is a poised, mature, and well-behaved young woman–the temperamental opposite of her sister Anne. Deeply considerate and absolutely terrified, Margot wants to be as little trouble to her parents as possible. She hardly eats and tries to take up as few resources as possible. She is lonely and afraid. Margot is Jewish and was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Peter Van Daan: Peter was 16-18 during his years in the annex. He is the shy and lonely son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Dann. During their time in the annex, he becomes a friend and confidant to Anne and their relationship blossoms into something more. Born in Osnabruck near the Dutch border. Peter is Jewish.

Mrs. Van Daan: She was 41-43 years old during her time in the annex. She is a proud high-status woman who longs to keep the connection to her parents and her past life. She demands to be treated with the upmost respect. She loves her husband, but the relationship is not what she would want it to be. She was born in Buer near Osnabruck, Germany. Jewish.

Mr. Van Daan: He was 44 through 46 during his time in the annex. A former business partner of Mr. Frank who helped the Frank family when they first immigrated to the Netherlands. In return for that generosity, Mr. Frank invites the Van Daan family into the Secret Annex. The terrible circumstances weigh heavily on him, making him at times irritable and petty as he tries to look out for his family. He and his wife have long-standing grievances with each other as neither feels like they are being loved as much as they deserve. He is Jewish and was born in Gehrde, Germany.

Jan Dussel (Mid-40s-50) He is a dentist who is very difficult to get along with at times. He joins the Franks and the Van Daan after they have been hiding for about two months.

Miep: (25-40) She is an Austrian refugee living in the Netherlands, employed by Mr. Frank. She is entrusted by Otto Frank with provisioning the occupants of the annex and hiding them from the outside world. She collected fake ration cards, purchased all their foodstuffs, visited the library on their behalf, and generally tried to keep their spirits up.  She was courageous, empathetic, compassionate, and friendly.

Mr. Kraler (35-45) He is Dutch and helps Miep with the responsibilities of feeding and hiding the occupants of the Annex. While he is an employee of Mr. Frank’s company he is also a trusted colleague and friend.  He is sympathetic to their plight, does what he can for them, and runs the company in Mr. Frank’s name, an honest and good man.

3 NAZIS One is a German Nazi in uniform and the other two are Dutchmen sympathetic to the Nazi cause.  They are brutal in their treatment of the Annex occupants