Announcing auditions for our Spring production of
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
HTC and director Amy Jones is seeking a talented ensemble of actors to appear in this timeless and timely classic.
AUDITION DATE & TIME
Feb. 19th 12PM
Please RSVP with your name and the character(s) for which you are auditioning to:
Auditioners may come with a prepared monologue or choose to read from sides provided at the audition. Sides and monologues may also be found here:
PRODUCTION DATES & TIMES
April 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 @ 8 PM
April 23, 30 @ 2 PM
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Actors of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.
OTTO FRANK: Anne’s polite and practical father, Mr. Frank is the head of the “attic family”. His calmness and patience are an asset in the cramped attic and a comfort to Anne, who is very close to him.
EDITH FRANK: Anne’s reserved and nervous mother, Mrs. Frank loves Anne, but she wishes she were more proper and polite, like her sister Margot. Because of her reserved nature, Mrs. Frank
and Anne are not close.
MARGOT FRANK: Anne’s older sister, Margot is much more like her mother than Anne. She is quiet, modest and reserved: the complete opposite of Anne.
ANNE FRANK: The youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank, Anne is a lively, curious girl of thirteen at the beginning of the play. She remains optimistic throughout the months they are in hiding and always makes the best of the situation she is in. As her diary reveals, she is very introspective and creative and has a vivid imagination.
PUTTI VAN DAAN: An irritable former business partner of Mr. Frank, Mr. Van Daan’s family is invited to stay in the attic with the Franks. He is selfish and openly critical of others, especially Anne.
PETRONELLA VAN DAAN: Mr. Van Daan’s vain and finicky wife, Mrs. Van Daan prizes the material things of life, including a fur coat she brought to the attic with her. These traits all make her the center of much of the conflict in the attic.
PETER VAN DAAN: The son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan, Peter is a shy, quiet teenage boy. He soon becomes a friend and confidant for Anne, and they share their first kiss together.
MR. DUSSELL: Difficult to get along with, Mr. Dussell joins the Franks and the Van Daans after they have been in hiding for about two months.
MIEP: A very well-liked, generous secretary in Mr. Frank’s office, Miep helps to protect the families in hiding. Along with Mr. Kraler, she brings to the refugees food, supplies, and news from the outside world.
MR. KRALER: A businessman who works with Miep to help protect the people in hiding, Mr. Kraler risks his life to help his friends.
NAZIS: There are three Nazi soldiers who appear at the very end of the play. They do not have any lines except for some short commands in German, but it is their appearance in the play that
changes the course of everything for the “attic family”
The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century. The memoirs of this young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution, are an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of our human history. Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the original, Pulitzer Prize award-winning script by Goodrich and Hackett draws from previously unpublished parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary, allowing the audience to experience Anne in a way that breathes life into this passionate, complex young woman. We also share her relatable experience of adolescence as a familiarly modern teenager. For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family to hide in a secret annex space above her father’s former office in Amsterdam, as the Nazis deported Dutch Jews to their deaths. In her secret attic, Anne comes of age: she laughs, plays, fights with her mother, and falls in love for the first time. In spite of her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Anne’s spirit transcends, as she voices her belief, “in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” Anne’s dynamism, her luminous spirit, and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published. -- stageagent.com
All auditions and callbacks will take place at the Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733 (The white barn on the grounds of Holmdel High School)