“The Diary of Anne Frank,” a play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and based on two years of diary entries by a Jewish girl sealed with her family in an attic, will be performed by the Laguna Beach High School drama department in three shows this weekend, May 25-27.
The shows take place at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 25; 7 p.m., Saturday, May 26; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, all in the Thurston Middle School Black Box Theater, 2100 Park Ave.
Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. lbhs.booktix.com
In the adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges as a lyrical, gifted young girl, who confronts the increasing horror of her time with honesty, wit, and determination.
The drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence. In her own words, Anne’s prescience shines. “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!”