Magdalena Stage presented a special showing of “The Diary of Anne Frank” for Magdalena High School senior English language arts students at the Ole S’Cool Theatre on Monday. Two more showings will be open to the public this weekend.
Director of the play and lifelong actor, Cara Synder, made a career performing in musicals and dramas all over the country. She said this presentation will be different than most plays.
“I’m calling it an elevated stage reading, we are doing it in an oval with some of the seats next to the audience; it’s a very different type of show,” Synder said. “I really think it will be good and entertaining.”
Magdalena High School English language arts teacher, Laurie Ware, said it was a magical, heartfelt experience.
“Cara (Synder) and cast give a glimpse and reading into what living in the secret annex must have been like for Anne Frank, 1942 to 1944, her family, the Van Pels, and Fritz Pfeffer. The play places you directly in the duality of their relationships, their humanity, rhythms and the mundane. Setting the mood so eloquently in confined close quarters during wartime. It reflects beauty, our humor, depth and – disdain at times – within each person and the reality they present through their individuality and shared experiences.” Ware said.
Finding a cast in Magdalena proved to be challenging, but she said that she’s proud of the diversity of the cast. Among them is Sharidyn Consentino, a freshman from Magdalena High.
Performances are scheduled Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Ole S’Cool Theatre on 402 Spruce Street. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Reservations are encouraged as seating is limited. Call 505-452-6803.