Greenfield, MA – Silverthorne Theater wraps up its 2019 season with a production of the classic play, The Diary of Anne Frank. Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett wrote this Pulitzer Prize-winning work which premiered on Broadway in 1955. Directed by Keith Langsdale, Silverthorne’s production opens Thursday, October 17 and runs through Saturday, October 26 in The Perch at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield.
Here is a play that on its surface, looks back. Anne and her family are Jews in the Netherlands in 1942 during World War II. Persecuted and stripped of their livelihood, they flee to the Annex of the father’s business for survival. In the world of the Third Reich, they are the Other. Against the background of impending death, the young Anne Frank wrote daily of her fears, longings and squabbles generated by eight people living in four small rooms over two years. Though she did not survive their discovery and deportation, Anne’s diary bears witness to the fate and resonates with today’s stories of the hunted, the Other.
Dates for the production are October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 pm. The Sunday matinee on October 20 begins at 2 pm. There will be a pre-show talk by history scholars Bernard Baker and Ted Thornton on Thursday, October 17, beginning at 7 pm in the theater. Each subsequent performance will be followed by facilitated audience discussion.
Tickets for Thursdays or Sunday are $20 general admission, $18 student/senior (65+). Tickets for Friday and Saturday night shows are $25 general admission, $20 student/senior (65+.) Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com or by calling the Box Office at 413-768-7514.
Director Keith Langsdale worked with Silverthorne Theater in 2018, staging the world premiere of Steve Henderson’s powerful piece, White, Black & Blue. He brings an impressive set of prior productions here in the Valley, having directed for The Majestic in West Springfield, New Century Theatre in Northampton, and in theaters in Los Angeles and New Hampshire among others. He is also an accomplished actor and performed the solo role in STC’s production of The Tattooed Man Tells All.
The cast of The Diary of Anne Frank features Frank Aronson* (Whately) as Otto Frank and Stephanie Carlson* (Easthampton) as Mrs. Frank. Both actors starred in Silverthorne’s spring production of Tales of the Lost Formicans, and Carlson appeared as Bellamy in STC’s musical The Fantasticks in June. Samantha Choquette (Longmeadow) appears in the key role of Anne Frank, while Chris Demerski (West Springfield) plays Peter Van Daan. Molly MacLeod (Holyoke) plays Anne’s older sister, Margot. She appeared last spring in STC’s Tales of the Lost Formicans.
Michael Budnick of Easthampton appears as Mr. Van Daan, while Kimberly Salditt-Poulin plays his wife, Mrs. Van Daan. Salditt-Poulin returns to STC after her Fall 2018 performance in our Delectable Durang. The role of Mr. Dussel will be performed by Stuart Gamble (Westfield); Mary Elizabeth Kearney appears as Mr. Frank’s employee Miep; and Ted Trobaugh (Amherst) plays Mr. Kraler, another employee. Trobaugh was Music Director for STC’s production of The Fantasticks, and performed in the 2018 season’s original musical, Tar2F!
(*Members of Actors Equity Association)
Carly DellaPenna (Westfield) joins Silverthorne for the first time as Stage Manager. STC’s invaluable Tech Director John Iverson designs and executes the sets and lighting. Kelly Culver of Newmarket NH will costume the show. Carmela Lanza-Weil (Shelburne Falls) and Rebecca Daniels (Turners Falls) are co-producers for the show.
The Upper Pioneer Valley’s only small professional company, Silverthorne enjoys its status as resident company at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in downtown Greenfield’s Cultural District.
Ticket and reservation information may be found on Silverthorne’s web site: https://silverthornetheater.org Tickets for all shows are currently available at Eventbrite.com (type in the name The Diary of Anne Frank), or by calling 413-768-7514. Patrons can use credit cards at the door or over the phone.
Silverthorne Theater Company was founded in 2014 and mounted its first season that summer. From the start, STC has paid its actors and technicians and is committed to contributing as much as possible to the cultural economy of the Upper Pioneer Valley. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization and are members of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Greenfield Business Association, and the Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association. We partner with local restaurants and businesses, and reach out to the towns and organizations in our area with performances, classes, ticket donations and publicity. For information on the history of Silverthorne, go to https://silverthornetheater.org