ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Davidson Community Players Opens “The Diary of Anne Frank” on February 15
Davidson Community Players kicks off its 2018 Main Stage Season with “The Diary of Anne Frank,” written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman and directed by Sylvia Schnople. Performances are made possible through a generous grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and will run February 15 – March 4 at the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson.
In this transcendently 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, hope, laughter, 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.
Advance tickets start at $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased at their website or by calling the box office at 704-892-7953.
• The Diary of Anne Frank, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman
• Directed by Sylvia Schnople
• Presented by the North Carolina Arts Council
Thursday, February 15, 22 and March 1 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 16, 23, and March 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, 24, and March 3 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 25 and March 4 at 2 p.m.
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A special part of the production is a partnership between the Davidson Community Players and Davidson Learns on two different community events tied to this show.
“Remembering the Past, Protect the Future”
Session One: February 18 from noon-1:30 p.m.- Participants will preview the production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” DCP Artistic Director Sylvia Schnople (who is also the show director) will discuss the process of taking a production of such importance from the page to the stage. She, along with cast members, will share the process of bringing this story and the words of Anne to life in such a way that the show remains relevant to events unfolding in the world in which we live.
Session Two: February 25 from noon-1:30 p.m.- Holocaust survivor and UNCC Professor Emeritus Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz will share her story with participants. It’s a story of survival, courage, and the tenacity of the human spirit.
*Both sessions will be held at the Davidson Community Players Actor’s Lab at 20700 N. Main St., Cornelius.
While sessions are offered free of charge, space is limited and you must reserve a space by emailing Amy Diamond at [email protected].