Saturday, May 2, 2020

Park Square Theatre's Special Zoom Performance of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

Out of all the streaming theater performances I've watched at home in the past seven weeks, none has affected me as much as Park Square Theatre​'s special zoom performance of their annual production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. This is their 21st year presenting this for student audiences, and I commend them for finding a way to get this ever more relevant and inspiring story out to students (and others) in such a uniquely moving way. It's really well done, with each actor emoting from their own separate little box, but somehow creating a cohesive story as if they were in the same room. The cast and creative team put much thought and care into their at-home costumes, lighting, and props, as well as the way actors appear and disappear from the screen. Anne and her family's horrific experience really puts our temporary isolation into perspective. I highly recommend it for your at home quarantimes (or anytime) theater viewing.

The video is available to watch free of charge on their website (along with a study guide), but as always, if you do watch it, please consider making a donation of any size to support their student program.

I was lucky enough to see this production on stage a few years ago. You can read my review of it, which featured much of the same cast and creative team, here:

"Even during the Holocaust your mother doesn't understand you, you can never live up to your older sister's example, your roommate is annoying, the boy you like is confusing and wonderful, and the future is full of dreams and possibilities. That Anne's dreams for the future never came true only makes her dreaming even more poignant. Well with the exception of one dream, the wish to live on after she dies, which has most certainly come true."

Thank you Anne and Park Square.