Generic Theater Company presented The Diary of Anne Frank Nov. 7-9 in the West Hall Theatre. More than 100 people came to watch this historical and tragical story of a family, who faced the Nazi regime during the Second World War.
“This show will change your life. It is so powerful and a true story. It makes you think about life a lot,” says director Rachel Bell.
The story follows Anne Frank’s diary, which she kept while hiding with her family for two years during the Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. It has been translated into more than 60 languages. Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family published the diary of his daughter in 1947.
“The first time I have ever saw it performed live, I went on a field trip with my theatre class from the high school and the end was so powerful, that I was like I need to do this and figure out how to do it for myself,” said Bell.
Bell has been involved with the company almost four years and this was her second time directing.
“Rachel Bell is an excellent director, everybody involved in it is really great, I knew that it would be excellent, and it definitely turned out that well,” says Clay Miller, who played Mr.Dussel.
Katie Formosi, who played Anne Frank, shared how the cast prepared for such psychologically hard performance.
“As the cast we all went to the National Holocaust museum so we could see what was happening during the time not just in Netherlands but all over the world,” said Formosi.
The opening show went well and the crowd certainly enjoyed the show and reacted to its message.
Generic Theatre has two shows remaining in its fall season. Steel Magnolias runs fromNov. 21 to 23 and I am My Own Wife runs from Dec. 5 to 7.