Five Shows Planned for Orange Hall Theatre On Weekends of April 15-17 and 22-23

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The captivating drama of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank” will be played out on the Orange Hall Theatre stage at SUNY Orange for five shows over two weekends in April as the Apprentice Players showcase this remarkable story in performances April 15-17 and 22-23.

In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, which contains restored entries from Frank’s original diary that had previously been omitted from the 1947 version of the book, Frank emerges from history as 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.

This is a new adaptation for a new generation. Scenic designer, Cabot Parsons has created a set that is historically correct and hauntingly authentic. The Apprentice Players’ production will be directed by Jill Carroll. Friday and Saturday performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on April 15-16 and 22-23. The Sunday performance will begin at 3 p.m. on April 17.

Melanie Mc Carthy will portray Anne Frank, while the cast includes: Adam Albert (Otto Frank), Shelly Kornher (Edith Frank), Andrea Wynn (Margot Frank), Michael Alvarado (Peter Van Daan), Zarif Ahmed (Mr. Kraler), Rebecca Paulino (Mrs. Van Daan), Patrick Pierpoint (Mr. Van Daan), Natassia Velez (Miep) and Rob Snyder (Mr. Dussel).

The story is an impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, “The Diary of Anne Frank” captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence--their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Frank’s voice leaps forth from the pages of her writings: “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.”

Ticket prices for “The Diary of Anne Frank” are: $14, general admission; $10, senior citizens, faculty and alumni; $4, students; and free for active duty military personnel. Theatre tickets may be purchased online. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4789.

Orange Hall Theatre, located in Orange Hall, is universally accessible. General parking is available in the College parking lot at the intersection of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940