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Pine Island Playhouse presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

March 14, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Pine Island Playhouse presented "The Diary of Anne Frank" over the weekend at the Pine Island United Methodist Church, and all three performances were attended by capacity crowds.

"The Diary of Anne Frank" is one of the most haunting plays of the 20th century. It is the memoir of a 12-years-old Jewish girl, Anne Frank, who, along with her family, hid from the Nazis for almost two years in attic rooms of a factory her father once owned in Amsterdam, Holland. During the time in hiding, Anne kept a diary that was retrieved by the only family member to survive the Holocaust her father.

Years after the war the diary was produced as a book entitled 'The Diary of a Young Girl" and produced as a Pulitzer-winning play.

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Lilly Overbaugh, as Anne Frank, writes in her diary.


In this secret attic, Anne Frank comes of age and like many teenagers fights with her mother sister and members of the small group; falls in love; and in the end falls victim to the Nazis. The play captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence.

The Pine Island Playhouse players began rehearsing for this play months before opening night and it showed. This play was by far a five star production. Every character drew the audience into the story and in spite of the length of the play, the hour and 45 minutes flew by.

Lilly Overbaugh breathed life into the central character while drawing on Anne Frank's spirit. Overbaugh delivered a great performance of who Anne Frank was a dynamic, passionate young woman living in desperate conditions. Each day of these two dark years, Anne Frank's voice shines through in her writing: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!"

Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp just weeks before the end of the war. The story is as important today as it was when the book was first published more than 70 years ago.

As with all Pine Island Playhouse productions, it was offered for free to the public with donations accepted.

The next scheduled play is "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," sponsored by CW Fudge.

"I'm really looking forward to the Chocolate Factory," co-owner of CW Fudge, William Tidball said.

Auditions for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" have begun. Check Pine Island Playhouse Facebook page for more information.



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