Community Players and director Opal Virtue have announced the cast for their January production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Although the original version of the script was written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Players is using an updated text adapted by Wendy Kesselman in 1997 and used for the Broadway revival of the play starring Natalie Portman.
For Community Players, Veronica Bettis will play the central role of Anne, the young Jewish girl trying to survive while hidden in an attic in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. Paul Vellella and Penny Wilson will play her parents, Otto and Edith Frank, with Rebekah Easling as her older sister, Margot.
Alan Wilson and Tricia Stiller have been cast as Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan, other occupants of the attic, Tim Zaitselff will take on their son, Peter, who becomes Anne's friend, and Nathan Bottorff will play Mr. Dussel, the final person who joins the others in hiding.
Rounding out the cast, Amanda Fisher and Tom Smith will play Miep and Mr. Kraler, Dutch friends of the Frank family who provide a link to the outside world, with Jake Rathman and Tyler Stark as German soldiers.
The Diary of Anne Frank represents Community Players' first show of 2014, with a preview on January 16 and regular performances scheduled from January 17 to 26. Call 309-663-2121 or click here for tickets.