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Anne Frank Opens This Week

Lake Superior Community Theatre, a North Shore tradition since 2002, will present the drama The Diary of Anne Frank with opening performances this week under the direction of Paul Deaner.

A private, student-only school day per­formance will be presented this Thursday, March 23 at 9:45 am in the Silver Bay Wil­liam M. Kelley Auditorium. Up to 500 stu­dents and chaperones, a community theatre “first”, from four schools spanning from Grand Marais to Two Harbors will be in at­tendance. Public performances open this Fri­day, March 24 at 7:00 pm and continue March 25 (7:00 pm), March 26 (2:00 pm), March 31 & April 1 (7:00 pm), and April 2 (2:00 pm). The show had been delayed a year because of non-Covid cast illness.

The 14-member cast will be led by William Kelley High School junior Marley Schum­acher in the title role. Other supporting cast members include Daren Blanck as Otto Frank, Terri Frericks-Blood as Petronella van Daan, and Rick Frericks as Hermann van Daan. Theatre & film veteran Scott Thun will perform the role of Dr. Alfred Dussel. Other student performers are Jack Virginia as Peter van Daan & Vesper Robinson as Margot Frank.

The Anne Frank set was designed by high­ly regarded Duluth, MN scenic designer Ann Gumpper. Ann led a crew of 24 during a 3-day scenic painting residency.

The Diary of Anne Frank is the world-re­nowned 1942-44 true story of 13-year-old Anne, her family and others in hiding from occupying German Nazis during World War II in an Amsterdam, Holland warehouse – “the secret annex”. The lows and highs of 8 Jewish people living in hiding & fear for over 2 years is the compelling drama. It is a pro­foundly tragic story related to the loss of 11 million murdered lives during the Nazi Ho­locaust. The Diary of Anne Frank has been promoted describing Anne’s writings as bea­cons of hope, tolerance & acceptance. Lake Superior Community Theatre’s hope is “nev­er again”.

(The 1955 Broadway play won the Tony Award for Best Play. The Oscar-winning movie was released in 1959.)

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