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The Diary of Anne Frank Presented by Musical Theatre of Anthem  

Anthem, Ariz.  November, 22 2014 – Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) brings to stage the dramatic play, The Diary of Anne Frank, the gripping new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman.  Newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule.  The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic - their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.  The talented cast of teens and adults, comprised of both ariZoni and NYA award winners and nominees, presents the show January 8-11 in Anthem.  The show is produced by Jackie Hammond and directed by Laura O’Meara.  

“What an incredible honor and privilege it is for this amazingly talented cast to portray these real-life characters in what is probably one of the most well-known, yet unknown stories in history,” said O’Meara. “I say well-known because we are all familiar with Anne Frank and her diary, and we are all aware of the turmoil of the Jews during the holocaust. Yet, I say unknown because it is almost impossible to completely fathom what these eight people, living in hiding for over two years, actually went through. It is our hope that MTA’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank will bring you a little closer to that understanding. The lives of this cast will never be the same for being a part of it, and we hope that in some small way, it touches the lives of our audiences as well.”  

Performances take place January 8 and 9 at 7:00 p.m., Jan. 10 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Jan. 11 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, AZ  85086.  Tickets may be purchased online at  Adult tickets are $19 and Students, Seniors and Children 12 and under are $16.  

The Diary of Anne Frank, a play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.i  

Photo (L-R): Zoe Tanton (Anne), Ann Emilie Tjorhom, Michael Hoover, Andre Akcelik, Emily Spets, Jeremy Neiss, Ava Tyson, Jessica Kishbaugh.
Photo courtesy of Wade Moran

About MTA

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is an award-winning, non-profit theater company located in Anthem, Arizona.  The mission of MTA is to develop youth and adults within the field of performing arts while enhancing their intrinsic creativity and brokering their vast talents.  MTA trains and educates youth so that they can become the artists, patrons, and leaders of tomorrow while providing opportunities to adults that empower them and foster their creativity.  MTA’s principles include casting all who audition in select productions, presenting high quality shows that everyone can enjoy, and providing a positive environment where performers can practice teamwork and communication skills while experiencing the pride of accomplishment.  Supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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