Central High School will present “The Diary of Anne Frank,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that captured audiences on Broadway and everywhere.
The school’s spring production will be presented April 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Central High School Auditorium, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, in Brooksville.
“It is the same script,” said Leonard Budd, head of the Central High School theater department.
“I think there’s a tendency for us to forget history, and the Holocaust is being forgotten in many respects, and the play brings back to our collective consciousness war, prejudice, the abuses of power, totalitarianism and all those things.”
Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl whose family hid in the “Secret Attic” in an office building from 1942 to 1944 in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam with two other Jewish families.
She recorded the dreams, hopes and challenges of her daily life onto the pages of her famous diary, which she named “Kitty.”
“The entire play takes place in the ‘Secret Attic,’” Budd said.
“Mr. Frank comes back from the war, and sees Anne’s diary and has a flashback as to what happened before they were captured, and then it comes back to Mr. Frank, who was the sole survivor.
“They all perished with the exception of Mr. Frank before they could be liberated.”
The play portrays members from the three families in the attic: the Franks, the Van Daans, and the Dussels.
“Those were the names that Anna gave them in her diary; however, they are not their real names,” Budd said.
“She did that to somewhat protect the innocent, knowing that if she were captured she wouldn’t want them to be able to be hunted down.”
Though she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Anne Frank maintained her resilience to stay faithful and believe in the good of all people. That resilience lives in the pages of her diary.
“I keep my ideals,” Frank wrote. “Because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and first responders: military, police and firemen with service ID.
Tickets will be available one hour before each performance at the Central High School auditorium.