Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County
The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County is holding auditions for THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK!
Located at 466 Carrie Ave. NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
SYNOPSIS: In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. 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. Each day of these two dark years, Anne's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!" This is a new adaptation for a new generation.
Directed by: Jared Sparks
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Alison Foutz
Auditions will be held on Monday, February 17th and Tuesday, February 18th from 7-9pm
Callbacks (if necessary) will take place on February 19th from 7-9pm
All auditioners are asked to come prepared to cold read from the script.
We also ask that you bring a current headshot and resume with you to auditions, if possible!
Rehearsals will begin on February 23rd and will run Sundays through Thursdays. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided at the first rehearsal!
April 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, May 1st and 2nd at 7:30pm
April 19th, 26th and May 3rd at 2:30pm
ROLES (all roles available):
NOTE: the ages listed below are merely guidelines. Please feel welcomed to come audition even if you feel you don't fit the age requirements.
Anne Frank (female, early teens) - extraordinary in her hope, passion, and belief in the good in the world, at the start of the show she is innocent, precocious, and does not hesitate to speak her mind, as she matures through her time in hiding she becomes introspective, compassionate, and ultimately eager and hopeful for a more accepting future for everyone, does not feel close to her mother, but idolizes her father, compelled to write, documenting every moment and feeling experienced in the annex.
Otto Frank (male, 30s-50s) - Anne's father, very much the patriarch of the Annex, leads with love and strength in all he does, unlike young Anne, Otto is even tempered and strives for peace in every situation, at 53 he has the resilience of a younger man but the experience to recognize the reality of the world around him.
Edith Frank (female, 20s-40s) - Anne's mother, reserved and soft-spoken, constantly worried about her family and their fate, closer with her older daughter, Margot, she longs for a deeper connection with Anne, although quiet, she has a bit of Anne's fortitude and when pushed will make her mind known.
Margot Frank (female, late teens) - Anne's older sister; quiet like her mother, more mature and intellectual than her sister, Margot feels alone and unsure of her place in the annex, is reserved and respectful of others, very close with her mother and although they are opposites, she loves and admires her little sister, longs for a deeper connections to others, but does not know how to achieve them.
Miep Gies (female, 30s-60s) - a kind, Dutch secretary from the office of Otto Frank, helps hide the Franks, Van Daans, and Mr. Dussel, their connection to the outside world as she keeps them informed and stocked with food, books, and the occasional treat, kind and worried but determined to protect them, finds Anne's diary and save it until after the war delivering it to Otto upon his return.
Peter Van Daan (male, mid-late teens) - the Van Daans' only son, at the beginning of the play he is annoyed with Anne but later confesses to admiring her spirit, they become good friends during their time in hiding, trying to find his place - not only in the annex but in the world, not sure of who he will become or if he will be given the chance to find out, has a good heart and is protective of those he loves.
Mr. Kraler (male, 30s-60s) - Otto Frank's business partner, helps to hide the members of the annex, like Miep he never questions his obligations to the Franks and to doing what is right, a dignified man, he is at a loss for the world around him.
Mrs. Van Daan (feamle, 20s-40s) - not ready to give up her lifestyle, Mrs. Van Daan tries to view the annex as simply a new locale, rather than a necessity for survival, can be a flirt and Anne even goes so far as to call her frivolous, clings to her fur coast like one clings to their very identity, hides her fear of the unknown by worrying about trite things such as Anne and Peter's growing friendship of which she is jealous.
Mr. Van Daan (male, 30s-50s) - the head of the Van Daans, struggling to find his place as "second in command," he is intelligent and pragmatic if a bit harsh, wishes to make his wife happy (but on his terms), and wants to teach his son to be more outgoing and to toughen him up during their time in the annex, is grateful to Otto for welcoming his family into the Annex without question.
Mr. Dussel (male, 30s-60s) - a fussy dentist, the only one in the annex without family, having left behind his live-in girlfriend who is Christian, more than anyone in the annex he puts himself first at every turn, has little patience for his roommate, Anne, and is skeptical of everyone's future.
First Man (male, any age) - a Nazi officer who leads the raid in the annex. Speaks German. Takes command and wields a gun.
Second Man (male, any age) - a Dutch Nazi collaborator who raids the annex. Speaks German.
Third Man (male, any age) - a Dutch Nazi collaborator who raids the annex. Speaks German.
All questions should be directed to the director of the production at [email protected]