Abbeville Opera House brings to the stage the story of a Dutch Jewish girl who hid from Nazi persecution for two years during World War II, with its production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” opening 8 p.m. Friday.
Frank’s diary was discovered where she and her family hid, until they were found in 1944. Her story of the experience was published after the war. It was dramatized as a stage play that opened on Broadway in 1955. The play received the Pulitzer Prize for drama that year and won numerous awards.
According to an Abbeville Opera House press release, AOH executive director Michael Genevie studied with actress Susan Strasberg while he was an acting student in the 1970s. Strasberg was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Anne in the Broadway play.
Later, as an actor, Genevie worked with Garson Kanin on his production of “Born Yesterday.” Kanin directed the Broadway play “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
In the press release, Genevie said those indirect connections to the theatrical work add to the personal importance of it for him. He also said it serves as “a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.”
Genevie shared that this show is one of the most complex and challenging AOH has attempted and involves the use of multimedia to bring the story to life.
Additional performances are March 18, 19, 24 and 25. For tickets, call the AOH box office at 864-366-2157 or go online: theabbevilleoperahouse.com. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (over the age of 65), and $10 for students (from kindergarten to college). The theater offers a military discount at $18.