Eighth-graders to see ‘Diary of Anne Frank’

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AUBURN – “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be presented by Lewiston/Auburn Community Little Theatre June 2 to 11 at the Great Falls Performing Arts Center, 30 Academy St.

Eighth-graders from Lewiston Middle, Holy Cross, St. Joseph’s, Auburn Middle and the Vineyard schools will attend gratis performances at 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 31 and June 1, at the theater. The students have been reading “The Diary of Anne Frank” and have been studying the Holocaust. It is anticipated 800 students, along with their teachers and chaperones, will be at the performances.

Anne Frank was about their age when she started recording her thoughts on her life in everyday situations. Many know of her diary, but not everyone knows that she wrote essays, fiction and had started a novel. She spoke often of her desire to be a writer and the comfort and satisfaction she got from writing. Later, history showed she was a gifted writer far beyond her years.

Director Lee Griswold, who returns to Community Little Theatre after a long hiatus and who has several years of professional experience as an actor and director, is announcing the cast for the play.

Kaitlin Rokowski, a freshman at Gray-New Gloucester High School, has the leading role of Anne Frank. Her parents are played by Cheryl Reynolds and James R. Sargent. Jennifer Dubois, a sophomore at Edward Little High School, plays Anne’s sister, Margot. The Van Dann Family is played by Linda Griswold and Bruce Gerry. Their son, Peter, is played by Joshua Harris, a senior at Poland Regional High School.

CarlaRose Ricciuti is Miep Gies and Donald Libby is Mr. Kraler, the couple who befriend the Franks and the others by bringing food and provisions to them during their two plus years’ stay in the annex. Mark Hazard plays Mr. Dussel. Brian Hodges has the role of the Gestapo officer.

Griswold has formed the following production crew to work with him: Amey Feeley is assistant director with Doreen Traynor and Marissa Jalbert, co-producers, and Rabbi Hillel Katzir as religious adviser. Celeste Philippon is stage manager, assisted by Victoria Machado. Dick Rosenberg is set design, with Tim Traynor, lead set construction.

Richard Martin will take care of light design with Chad Gagnon, light board operator; David Trask, sound design and operator; Kate Sicotte, properties, Martha Truscott-Boardman and Lorraine Fontaine, set dcor. Completing the crew will be Bruce Gerry, make-up; Penny Appleby, costumes; Scott Powers, lobby photos; Melody Driscoll, prompter; and Rachel Morin, publicist.

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