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February 15, 2016


Anne Frank’s story comes to Cowley


Tickets for Cowley College Theatre Program’s upcoming production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” are now on sale through the college’s box office. The production will run March 3, 4, and 5 at the Robert Brown Theatre, with all performances beginning at 7:30 p.m.


“The Diary of Anne Frank” is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play based on the diary kept by Anne Frank, the posthumously famous writer and teenage victim of the Third Reich. Despite the tragic fate of its characters, Cowley’s Director of Theatre John Sefel is quick to point out that the evening is not entirely an experience of gloom and depression.


“Diary of Anne Frank does a great job of focusing on Anne as a young teenager, and all the complications, joy, laughter, and tears that go along with that time of life,” Sefel said. “Yes, the terror beyond the secret annex’s walls is never entirely forgotten, but within their hiding places, there’s all the teenage rebellion, sibling rivalry, youthful idealism, and familial love of any family. It may seem strange to say this, considering the play that we’re talking about, but there is quite a bit about this script that really leaves you with a great sense of happiness, of the power of family, and of hope. Despite the obvious outcome, this is essentially a positive story that we’re bringing to the stage.”


The show is being directed by Cowley instructor Deborah Layton.


“I’m thrilled to see Deborah sitting in the director’s seat for this production,” Sefel said. “Not only does she have a history with this show—having played Anne back when it was directed by the great Dejon Ewing here at Cowley—but with a teenage daughter of her own, I think she’s perfectly positioned to explore and capture the complex, maddening, and wonderful character traits that Anne possesses.”


In this production, Anne is being portrayed by Courtney Wallace, who was last featured as Linus’ “blanket” in Cowley’s fall production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The play features over a dozen other Cowley students as actors, stage managers, designers, and more.


The Theatre’s 2015-2016 season will conclude in April with a free community production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”


Tickets for “The Diary of Anne Frank” may be purchased in-person at the door, in advance in the college’s Humanities office, or by visiting Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students, and $8 for active military and their families.


The Saturday night performance will also feature an optional dinner package for $22 (dinner and play) general admission, $20 for students and military. For more information, follow Cowley Theatre on Facebook or contact the box office at 620-441-5570.