By Matteo Perez ’22Eugean Choi ’21 Spectrum
“A Diary of Anne Frank”, written as an adaptation of the actual diary of Anne Frank, will be performed on Nov. 17-19 in the Katzenberg Black Box Theatre.
The play was written in 1955 following the events of World War II. It is about a young girl who had to go into hiding because of the Nazi occupation.
“It’s her story of optimism despite all the things that happened to her and her family,” Jim Doughan, performing arts teacher and director of the play, said.
Doughan spoke of why he chose the play and why he believes the play is relevant in today’s society.
“We need a reminder about these kind of things, particularly in a time of politicians talking about building walls, and Charlottesville. We need a reminder of hope and optimism,” Doughan said.
Thirty-seven students tried out for the play on Sept. 14-15, and on Sept. 16 the cast list was announced. Five male students and five female students were cast. Students rehearse every day of the week from 3:25 to 5:25 pm.
“It is a little bit much, but I think it is important that we get in as much practice time as possible,” Greta Zumbrunnen ’21, who plays Anne Frank, said.
Other cast members spoke of working with Doughan and the cast.
“I think Mr. Doughan is an amazing director. He is a great mentor to all of us. He has great relationships with the cast and really loves working with us. Going to rehearsal after school is by far the most fun part of my day, and every day it is what I look forward to most,” Walt Schoen ’21, who plays Peter Van Daan, said.