The Little City Players community theater group of Vergennes is proud to bring from the page to the stage the play “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
Artistic director Sue Fox wanted to show that there was life in the annex. As actress Jessica Walling, who played the character Miep in the 1997 Broadway production, said in an interview, “It’s not a story about the ending, it’s a story about the two years when they were living. It’s a story about life and hope and coping with this horrible time.” Anne grew from a girl of 13 to young woman of 15 in the secret annex and recorded her life, the good and the bad, in her diary.
The play is centered on Anne and her family and the production itself is a family affair.
Anne is portrayed by Josie Fox, daughter of director Sue Fox and producer Jeffrey Fox. Portraying Anne’s family is Katie Palmer (Charlotte) as her mother Edith Frank, Mack Roarke as her father Otto Frank, and Olivia Hern (Shelburne) as Anne’s sister, Margot. Joining the Frank family is the Van Daan family – Glen Eastman as Mr. Van Daan, Mary Scripps (Charlotte) as Mrs. Van Daan and Morgan Ingenthron as their son, Peter.
The original residents of the annex are joined after a few months by Mr. Dussel portrayed by John Montgomery. Those in hiding are supported from the outside world by Mr. Frank’s former co-workers, Mr. Kraler and Miep, played by Steve Lowe and Clair Lawson. The show is stage managed by Jessica Krol. Palmer’s son, Dylan Paul, is assisting with lights.
Performances take place in the historic Vergennes Opera House beginning Oct. 11 at 8 pm then running at 8 pm Oct. 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 with matinees at 2 pm Oct. 14 and 21. Tickets can be purchased through the Vergennes Opera House; 877-6737, www.vergennesoperahouse.org, and in-person at Classic Stitches on Main Street, Vergennes. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students.