Theater at Monmouth, Holocaust Center produce ‘Diary of Anne Frank’

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The Theater At Monmouth and The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine Present The Diary of Anne Frank

AUGUSTA – The Theater At Monmouth, in collaboration with The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, will present “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Michael Klahr Center on the UMA campus, 46 University Drive, Augusta.

The show will be performed at 10 a.m. April 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.,  April 10, 16 and 17  and at 2 p.m.,  April 11 and 18. General admission tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. To purchase tickets, please go to www.theateratmonmouth.org or call the box office at 207-933-9999.

 The production will be directed by Jeffrey Lee Pressman of Portland, and the cast will include professionals from Maine and elsewhere. New York actress Mary Candler will play Anne. Theater At Monmouth regular Mark S. Cartier will play her father Otto Frank, and TAM newcomer Laura Graham of West Gardiner will play Anne’s mother, Edith Frank. TAM Producing Director David Greenham and local actress Kathleen Nation will play Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan. Jonna Klaiber of Auburn will make her TAM performance debut as Miep Gies. New York City-based actors Meggie Doyle (Margot Frank), Greg Pragel (Peter Van Daan), and Michael Santora (Mr. Dussel) will round out the cast. The set and lights will be designed by Dan Bilodeau and costumes are designed by Jonna Klaiber, both TAM regulars.

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 The show will be performed without intermission and the running time will be 95 minutes. This production marks the first theatrical performance in the Michael Klahr Center, and the 95-seat venue will provide a uniquely intimate theater experience, with audience on three sides of the stage and just a few feet from the actors.

 Order your tickets early for this special presentation at as it is suspected that all performance will quickly sell out, and due to scheduling conflicts the show cannot be extended.

 The production is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 The “Diary of Anne Frank” is based on the writings of Anne Frank, a young German-Jewish girl, while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

 The diary was saved during the war by Miep Gies, a friend that helped the Frank family to hide. After the war, the diary was retrieved by Anne’s father, Otto Frank, the only surviving member of his family. First published in 1947, the world famous diary has been translated into 67 languages and is one of the most widely read books in the world.

 For information about the play, tickets and more, visit www.theateratmonmouth.org or call The Theater At Monmouth box office at 933-9999.

The mission of The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine is to educate about the Holocaust, to advocate for human rights and dignity, and to celebrate diversity. Learn more at: www.hhrc.uma.edu.

 The Theater at Monmouth, founded in 1970, is a professional repertory company that strives to bring innovative approaches to Shakespeare and other classic plays through professional productions which enrich the lives of people in Maine at historic Cumston Hall, Monmouth and throughout the state.

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