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Theatre Bristol presents 'The Diary of Anne Frank'

February 26, 2023

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” - Anne Frank. Theatre Bristol brings Anne Frank’s voice to life on stage weekends March 3-19. Tickets are on sale at www.theatrebristol.org/tickets.

During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Anne Frank began to keep a diary on June 14, 1942, two days after her 13th birthday and 22 days before going into hiding with her parents, sister and three other people. Hiding in the sealed-off upper rooms of the annex of her father’s office building in Amsterdam, Anne and the others cope with the day-to-day struggles of life in cramped quarters, as the specter of tragedy looms, ever-present, over their every move.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace stage, Bristol, Tennessee. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, plus processing fees.

Directing “The Diary of Anne Frank” is Theatre Bristol veteran director, Camille Gray, with recent directing credits for “Twelfth Night,” “All Together Now,” “Julius Caesar” and “Cinderella.” Gray is supported by stage manager Ann Vance, assistant stage manager Emma Cornett, producer Samantha Gray, costumers Adriel Slaughter and Leticia Peltzer, properties artisan Rebecca Ryan, sound operator Carrie Cornett, lighting designer Albert Tester and master carpenter Ken Cornett, along with Theatre Bristol crew.

The role of Anne Frank is shared by Lucy Claire Foy and Erica LaFollette. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, is played by Dan Gray, and Shannon Bolick portrays the role of Anne’s mother, Edith Frank. Becca Bolick is Anne’s sister, Margot Frank. Mike Locke and Leah Graham fill the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan, and Ethan Baker plays their son and Anne’s love interest, Peter Van Daan. Tony DeVault is Jan Dussel, Anne’s roommate. The protectors, Miep Gies and Mr. Kraler, are played by Amber Wiley and Richard Albright, respectively.

This original stage adaptation of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,” edited by Otto Frank, won the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Critics Circle Award, and virtually every other coveted prize of the theater.

For tickets and information, visit www.theatrebristol.org, follow TheatreBristolTN on Facebook, call 423-212-3625 or email info@theatrebristol.org.