The show is based on the true story of the Frank family and others who hid from the Nazis in the "secret annex" behind a warehouse. Anne and the others were sought by the Nazis because of their Jewish beliefs. They lived for two and a half years in the small space before being discovered and taken to concentration camps.
There is so much of interest to study in this family, and there is much documentation to pore through. The actual warehouse and annex is available to visit (if you're ever in Amsterdam), but for those of us who are further away from that physical location, the internet brings us much closer. The Anne Frank website is replete with primary documents, first-person accounts, actual photos, video analyses, an amazing interactive timeline, and even an online 3D, walk-through experience that allows the viewer to tour the annex and its surroundings. I could get lost in the website.
Emotions run high with the telling of Anne's story. There is the ending, of course (which is decidedly not a happy one), but there is also the loneliness and the cabin fever, the fear and the longing, the hunger and the seclusion.
Here are a mother and father who did what they thought best for their family in a time when almost certain death was the only other option. Here are two girls and one boy who never would experience real relationships and families of their own. And here is the father who survived, undoubtedly with feelings that he hadn't done enough - or that he had made the wrong decisions - for his dear family.
Playing the 13- to 15-year-old Anne Frank has been an informative experience for my daughter. Reading a copy of Anne's diary and finally getting a glimpse at the movie, she has a great appreciation for the plight of an entire group of people. There area couple of crucial and important lessons for us in the 21st Century here.
We're always proud of our girl. She has put a lot of thought into every line of this production, and she does a fine job of playing this intriguing historical figure. Please considering attending one of the showings of The Diary of Anne Frank at the Stained Glass Theatre. More information is on the poster above and on the theatre's website.