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March 7, 2016


The Diary of Anne Frank performed at Cowley


DiaryHumanities Department instructor Deb Layton had an opportunity to play the role of Anne in the production of The Diary of Anne Frank when she was a student in college. Layton experienced youth and exuberance all over again while serving as the director for Cowley College’s production of the Diary of Anne Frank March 3-5 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

The production was based on the book Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.

“Returning to it again now after so many years has given me new perspective,” Layton said.

The Diary of Anne Frank is a book of the writings from the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was apprehended in 1944, and Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The diary was retrieved by Miep Gies, who gave it to Anne's father, Otto Frank, the family's only known survivor. 

Layton said the students began rehearsing at the start of the spring semester and is proud of what they were able to accomplish.

“We put a lot of time in building relationships of the characters and working on the look and sound of the production,” Layton said.


“Students remained conscious of their portraying real people in a real situation throughout the rehearsal and performance process. We had a desire to do justice to the memories of these people and to convey the message of courage and hope.”

Diary of Anne FrankAccording to Layton, The Diary of Anne Frank does a wonderful job conveying the vivacity of a young girl and showing her mature, all the while maintaining her sense of wonder and hope.

She asked those attending the performances to take a little of Anne Frank’s attitude with them as they go.

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart,” Layton said.





































Anne Frank – Courtney Wallace
Otto Frank – Zach Heyer
Edith Frank – Emily Lawson
Margot Frank – Hannah Short
Mrs. Van Daan –Kayla Hawkins
Peter Van Daan –Michael Rodriguez

Mr. Dussel – Mitch Hoover
Mr. Kraler – Tim Hardman
Miep Gies – Elizabeth Vishnefske
Production Team:
Director – Deb Layton
Producer – John Sefel
Scenic Director/Master Carpenter – Mary Prochaska
Based on a design concept by – Milan Anich II
Lighting Designer – Chris Williams
Lighting Design Assistant – Cara Williams
Lighting Design Assistant and Technician – Brianna Baxley
Stage Manager – Steven Lu
Assistant Stage Manager and Show Caller – Sabrina Masters
Assistant Stage Manager – Kristin James
Lead Grip/Crew – Asa Young
Costume Design – Hannah Coryea
Assistant Costume – Zak Gabriel, Payton Latney, Addam Porter
Make-up – Cara Kem
Assistant Make-up – Rae Burris and Monica Morris
Hair – Amy Roney, Paige Winslow, and Hannah Smylie
Sound Design – Hunter Hawkins
Faculty Sound Designer/Mentor – Josh Fleig
Dramaturgs and display – John Sefel and Elizabeth Vishnefske
Scenic Painting – Vicki Schafer
Props – Rae Burris
Assistant Props – Monica Morris and Cory Blevins
House Manager – Alex Lisenbee
Box Office Manager – Robin Graves
Scenic/Electric/Costume Crews – Theatre Practicum Students
Poster Art – Kris Ripley
Actor Headshots – Meg Smith and Students of Mass Communications