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AUDITIONS: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

February 13 @ 7:00 pm February 15 @ 10:00 pm

TITLE: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

AUTHOR: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Newly Adapted by Wendy Kessleman

DIRECTOR: Phyllis B. Gitlin

RUN:  April 4 – May 6, 2023

Fridays & Saturdays 8pm. Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.

This is a volunteer community theater production.  Non-Equity.  There is no pay. At this time, all volunteers including actors must be fully vaccinated to participate in shows.

AUDITION DATES:

Open Call:  

Dates: Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Times: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804  

Callbacks: 

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 15, 7pm – 10pm, by invitation only.

REHEARSALS:

First Read-Through: Saturday, February 18, 2023 from Noon to 4pm

Regular Rehearsal: Starting February 20, 2023, Monday through Thursday from 7pm – 10pm.  Saturdays, 9am to noon.

LINK TO BEGINNING REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Location: Long Beach Playhouse

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bring headshot and resume
  • Sides for cold readings may be provided
  • One minute memorized monologues and possible cold readings
  • No dialect required
  • Do not leave unless the stage manager speaks with you

Please bring your vaccination card as written proof of full vaccination to the auditions. Masks will be required at the auditions.

SHORT SYNOPSIS:  

In this undeniably moving new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges from history, a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. The play takes place in the rooms of the secret annex, rooms attached to her father’s office building in Amsterdam, Holland, during the years of World War II, 1942-1944. Anne’s diary remains a primary source of the perspective of a Jewish girl in hiding from the Nazis, during World War II. Anne’s family, the Van Daan family, and Mr. Dussel hide from the outside world, only aided by Miep and Kraler who give them news, food and medicine.

CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

ANNE FRANK: (F, 18 – 22 to play 13 – 15) Will be cast to look like a girl who will age from 13 to 15 years old. Warm, witty, creative, intelligent, sensitive, writer.

OTTO FRANK: (M, mid 40s – 50s)  Husband to Edith, father of Anne and Margot, and head of the group living in his annex. Wise, patient, fair, loyal, the leader of the Annex, level-headed.

EDITH FRANK: (F, mid 40s)  Wife to Otto, and mother of Anne and Margot.  From a wealthy German family.  Loving, moral, cultured, reserved. 

MARGOT FRANK: (F, 18 – 23 to play 15 – 17) Will be cast to look like a girl who will age from 15 to 17.  Pretty, quiet, obedient, very bright, overwhelmed.

MIEP GIES:  (F, 25 – 40) A secretary in Mr. Frank’s office. Entrusted by Otto Frank with hiding the Annex occupants from the outside world. Courageous and compassionate.

PETER VAN DAAN: (M, 18 – 23, to play 17 – 19) Cast to look like a 17 year old boy. Withdrawn, awkward, shy.  Ages from the introverted teenager to the more mature 19 year old.

MR KRALER: (M, 35 – 50) Helps Miep with caring for the occupants of the annex.  Sympathetic, honest, good man. 

MRS. VAN DAAN (PETRONELLA): (F, mid 40s – 50s) Wife of Mr. Van Daan and mother to Peter. Vain and finicky, materialistic.

MR. VAN DAAN (PUTTI): (M, mid 40s – 50s) Husband of Mrs. Van Daan and Father to Peter. An irritable, former business partner of Mr. Frank.  Selfish and critical.  

MR. DUSSEL (JAN):  (M, 30s – 40s)  Difficult to get along with.  Dentist.  Anti-social. Warms to Anne.

NAZIS:   (M, 20s – 40s) There are three Nazi soldiers/Dutch Collaborators at the very end of the play. A small, but critical part of the play, their appearance changes the course of the story. They are brutal in their treatment of the Annex occupants.

Beginning Rehearsal Schedule:

 

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Start:
February 13 @ 7:00 pm
End:
February 15 @ 10:00 pm
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