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The Diary of Anne Frank opens at Stage West

After having another nightmare about the Nazis and waking everyone with her screams, Anne Frank (Briana Rifino, seated) is comforted by her mother, Edith Frank (Jennifer Vilardi). Meanwhile, the sleep-deprived Mr. Dussel (Ernie Rowland), who shares the room with Anne, is getting irritated.  Photo by Carol Ballard
After having another nightmare about the Nazis and waking everyone with her screams, Anne Frank (Briana Rifino, seated) is comforted by her mother, Edith Frank (Jennifer Vilardi). Meanwhile, the sleep-deprived Mr. Dussel (Ernie Rowland), who shares the room with Anne, is getting irritated. Photo by Carol Ballard
Published Jan. 23, 2018

Anne Frank became one of the most notable victims of the Holocaust after the publishing of her diary, which chronicled more than two years of the Jewish teen's life in hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II.

Her story will come to life when The Diary of Anne Frank opens at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 on the Forum Stage at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

This adaptation by Wendy Kesselman is labeled "a new adaptation for a new generation."

The Frank family went into hiding in 1942, a month after Anne received a diary for her 13th birthday.

The play follows the lives of the eight people (including the Franks) who are hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic. The show captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence: their fear, hope, laughter and grief.

Directed by David Stenger, the show stars Briana Rifino as Anne Frank. Other cast members include Sam Petricone as Otto Frank, Jennifer Vilardi as Edith Frank, Jim Hansen as Mr. Van Daan, Kathleen Morgan as Mrs. Van Daan, Chay Nott as Peter Van Daan, Angela Gluchowski as Margot Frank, Ernie Rowland as Mr. Dussel, Cheryl Roberts as Miep Gies and Keith Surplus as Mr. Kraler. The production coordinator is Barbara Santoro. The set was built by Stenger, Greg Roberts and George Friel.

Shows continue at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 11. There will be an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 10. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 students. Visit stagewestflorida.com or call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Times Staff