The Diary of Anne Frank to take Dreyfoos stage

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Every department at Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. School of the Arts is talented. As an alumna, I know this for a fact. And this November, the public and students can see the theater department displays its talents in its production of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Based on the diary written by Anne Frank while in hiding during World War II, The Diary of Anne Frank has special significance this year, said Bruce Linser, dean of the theater department, and Director Brad Barfield in an email. It’s the 70th anniversary of the Franks’ and van Pels’ captures, the 75th anniversary of the start of the war and the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

“It’s our obligation to keep these events present in people’s minds so we never forget and never repeat the past,” they said.

The show will display the acting chops of many students premiering in their first main stage production within the theater department, Linser and Barfield said.

“We like to spread the wealth both for the students and for the audiences.”

The Diary of Anne Frank opens Oct. 31 and closes Nov. 9, with dates in between. General admission tickets are $15, but current students can get $10 tickets at the door the night of the performance. Groups of 10 or more will receive a group rate of $10 each. All tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling (561) 802-6052 or by going online.

Linser and Barfield said tickets are selling fast, so be sure to get your tickets while they’re available. They hope that more than 4,500 people will see the show.

Parking is available on Dreyfoos’ campus, 550 S. Tamarind Ave., at no cost.

Whether you’ve read Anne Frank’s diary or have only learned about her through history books, her short-lived life has inspired many.

“This show is all about a sense of community, connection to family, and mutual respect and understanding,” Linser and Barfield said. “And there’s no better way to get that into your heart than by watching students embody and embolden those sentiments.”

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