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Mercer County Community College Academic Theater And Dance Company Presents ANNE FRANK’S DIARY

Mercer County Community College’s Academic Theater and Dance Company will perform “The Diary of Anne Frank” April 22-24 at the Kelsey Theater located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A special performance will be held Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 p.m. to benefit the Mercer County Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Center.

“The Diary of Anne Frank” is the true story of two families forced to hide from the world in an attic as the horrors of war rage around them. This transcendentally powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman of the original play by Goodrich and Hackett blends stories of survivors and newly unearthed writings from Anne Frank’s diary to create a passionate contemporary story of those persecuted under the Nazi regime.

MCCC’s Theater Program Producer and Coordinator, Professor Jody Gazenbeek-Person, described the significance of the Anne Frank story.

“Even after 75 years, the story of Anne Frank still resonates and has so much to teach us all,” he said. “This production, with a beautiful and amazing multi-racial and diverse cast, shows how we can truly live together to create a better world. That’s the whole idea behind the production – band together and do something beautiful.”

Stage manager Bria Jayden Moscetti, a second-year music technology student at MCCC, commented, “Our production of the Anne Frank story provides a refreshing yet very real message that we are all human.

Kyle Bethea, a sophomore at MCCC who recently researched the parallels between African Americans and people of Jewish descent, was assigned to do research for the show’s casting.

“Although the play is about the Holocaust and the uprising of Hitler and the Nazis, the Academic Theater and Dance Company felt it was important to have diverse minorities in the cast of The Diary of Anne Frank to add more diversity and inclusion,” Bethea said. “So we added a little twist and we have a Latina playing Anne Frank, a Haitian man playing Mr. Dussel and an African American playing Mr. Kraler. Peter van Daan.

The show is directed by LouJ Stalsworth and produced by Jody Gazenbeek-Person.

The cast includes Lawrenceville’s Sofia Ines Garcia as Anne Frank; Hamilton’s Shawn Simmons as Mr. Otto Frank; Chloe Asack of Lawrenceville as Mrs. Edith Frank; Lisbeth Burgos of Lawrence Township as Margot Frank; Kyle Bethea of ​​Trenton as Peter van Daan; Hamilton’s Cole Chulamanis as Mr. Van Daan; Madeline Fox of Lawrenceville as Mrs. Van Daan; Jackson Jules of Trenton as Mr. Dussel; Hamilton’s Mackenzie Kohlmayer as Meip Gies; and Jabre Miner of Trenton as Mr. Kraler.

The team includes stage manager, Bria Moscetti; Scenography/Costume: Kate Pinner; Set Builder: John Maurer; Historical and Cultural Coach: Shelley Gail Weiss Lightman; Sound Designer: Bria Moscetti; Lighting designer: Kitty Getlik; Light technician: Eric Colins; Assistant director: Matthew Ryan Glasberg; Actors: Rupert Hinton and Antón Gazenbeek and props man: Madelyn Lichtman.

“The Diary of Anne Frank is an adaptation for a new generation capable of confronting the true horrors of the Holocaust,” Gazenbeek-Person remarked. “Don’t miss it.”

For more information, visit Kelsey’s website at www.KelseyTheatre.org.