"Anne Frank" comes to Hobart High stage

2014-03-05T00:00:00Z "Anne Frank" comes to Hobart High stageTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 05, 2014 12:00 am  • 

HOBART | The Hobart High Performing Arts Department will bring "The Diary of Anne Frank" to the stage this week at Hobart High School, 2211 E. 10th St.

Adapted by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett, the show will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with additional shows at 7:30 Friday and Sarturday and a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $6 for students, $7 for senior citizens and $8 for adults. Contact (219) 942-8521, ext. 8159 or nelsonclass@hobart.k12.in.us with questions.

The drama is based on a diary kept by 13-year-old Anne while with her family is in hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland, where persecution against Jews is increasing. A businessman and his assistant prepare a hiding place in the rooms above their business, and two families try to avoid detection while hoping for Holland to be liberated by the Allies.

Despite the fear and hardships, the play tells the story of a hopeful young girl desperate to make her own mark on the world.

This play was selected by HHS after students in the School City of Hobart took part in Rachel’s Challenge last October. The program, founded by Rachel Scott’s family, travels the world encouraging young people to make a difference in the world

Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the school shooting at Columbine (Colorado) High School in 1998. "It seems that Anne and Rachel had much in common," said play director Cathy Nelson. "Both girls kept journals that chronicled their feelings and emotions, their hopes and dreams, not just for themselves, but for the world in which they lived. And sadly, both girls died as teenagers."

Rachel’s father travels the world sharing the life of his daughter with all who will listen. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, writing just before her death, "I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same."

"In an effort to start this 'chain reaction' in our school family, we will be bussing School City of Hobart fifth, seventh and eighth-graders to see this show in a special matinee," Nelson added.

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