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Retelling Anne's Story


Snow College is preparing a play in commemeration of Anne Frank and her story. Photo Courtesy of Theater Arts Department

With 30 million copies of her diary sold, Anne Frank is a figure who has lived on through literature. Her story has captured the hearts and minds of millions of people. And now The Snow College Performing Arts Department is bringing the story of Anne Frank to the stage. Students of Snow College will get an opportunity to view the account of Anne Frank's life.

The production takes place in the height of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands. And follows Anne Frank and seven others as they were forced into hiding from the Nazis. They found refuge in an attic in Amsterdam, and were in hiding for two years. Everyday fearing the possibility of being discovered.

The Snow College website provides a brief description of the production, “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, their hope, their laughter, their grief.”

The Production will take place in the black box theater to help make the performance more intimate and hopefully more meaningful for the audience. Emma Scanlon, the actress playing Anne states, “Anne Frank, in spite of every horror she witnessed and heard of, she still clung on to the hope that good would rise again, that someday everyone would choose that good again… My wish is that those who see the show will find that hope”

Hope is a common theme throughout the production. According to director Ed Swidey, hope is something that is much needed in this day and age. Swidey states,“Somehow, even in her tragedy, Anne Frank fulfilled her wish to ‘go on living even after my death.’ Hope is not a promise. It is a challenge. Our cast and crew are pouring their hearts and souls to meet the challenge of this story, which we believe is crucial to tell now in such perilous times.”

The Diary of Anne Frank will be showing from November 9-12 & 16-19 , at 7:30pm in the Eccles Center Haslam Black Box Theater. Due to the framing of the production, no late seating will be permitted. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for youth and seniors, and $3 dollars for students with their student ID. Tickets for the production can be purchased from the Box Office, on the Snow College website, or by calling the Box Office at 435-283-7478. Act fast before they are sold out.