Inspired by the writings of a young Jewish girl, Anne Frank and Me by Cherie Bennett opened at the Polar Pike Playhouse this past Thursday. The play tells the story of a modern day teenager, Nicole Burns, who is transported back in time to 1942 France. Nicole experiences the struggles and the hardships of a Jewish girl during the Holocaust. The theatrical production encourages audience members and fears of both Anne Frank and Nicole Burns.
On opening night, Playhouse patrons shared their feelings about the performance. “There are a lot of inequities seen in our world today. We have to make sure that we take a stand and stand up for those inequities or this could happen again,” shared Elizabeth Stuart, a long time Polar Pike Playhouse supporter.
During the production, the characters of Anne Frank and Nicole Burns create a dramatic impact as they share their wishes, hopes, loves and their intense longing for freedom.
“I appreciate how the characters come together. No matter your age, we are all human. We all share the same fears and many of the same feelings,” said first time patron Richard Maccarino.
The performance is not only about the acting, but also about the technical elements. The sound, from the special effects to original song choices, and lighting add to the dramatic tension of the story.
Ashleigh Williams, PPP production consultant, adds, “The lights enhance the beauty of this special show. The lights and sound truly add another dimension to this story. The sophistication of these elements is impressive.”
“These Germantown High students continue to impress. The painting, set design, the technical crew, the actors – all of it – it was a really great show,” patron Kelly Griswold remarked.
Anne Frank and Me runs through November 14 and tickets can be purchased now at ppp.org or through the Poplar Pike Playhouse box office at (901) 755-7775. Tickets can be reserved two days in advance and receive a discount with the use of promo codes on the PPP's daily updated Twitter and Facebook pages. The Poplar Pike Playhouse is located on the campus of Germantown High School.