MCE’s “The Diary of Anne Frank” will feature Holocaust survivors after performances.

March 14, 2018

MCE’s “The Diary of Anne Frank” will feature Holocaust survivors after performances. 

FOUNTAIN — Mason County Eastern drama club’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”, will feature two Holocaust survivors. The play debuts Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. followed by evening performances Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, along with a performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Performances will be held at Sherman Township Hall, 3854 E. Main St.

Following each evening performance, Irene Miller will speak while Irene Butter will talk after the Sunday matinee.

Miller wrote a memoir titled “Into No Man’s Land” and was the subject of a PBS documentary. Her family managed to escape Poland in 1939 into the Soviet Union, only to end up in a Siberian labor camp.

Irene Butter was born in Berlin in 1930 and survived two concentration camps. During that time she briefly met Anne Frank.

The “Diary of Anne Frank” is directed by Kayla Kessel. It is the true story of the teenager who was given a diary by her father just before they went into hiding in Amsterdam. Eventually, the Frank family, and the others who were hiding were captured by the Nazis. Only her father survived the Holocaust.

The cast includes:

Anne Frank – Chelsea Gage, senior

Otto Frank – Darin Simmons, senior

Edith Frank – Crystal Davis, senior

Margot Frank – Kimberly Jackomino, senior

Mr. Van Daan – Matthew Gauthier, junior

Mrs. Van Daan – Jannes Avra, senior

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