About this Production:
The Seem-To-Be Players are the residentchildren’s theater company of the Lawrence ArtsCenter. The Players are a professional troupeof actors, playwrights, directors, teachers andmusicians who seek to expand the imagination,encourage creative thinking and promote anappreciation of human values through innovativeproductions and drama education for children,educators and families.Ric Averill has been the Artistic Director and principal playwright, composer and director for the Seem-To-Be Players since he and hiswife, Jeanne, founded the company in 1973. Thecompany has toured in more than 50 Kansascommunities and 35 states, entertaining andeducating more than 200,000 students per year.The Seem-To-Be Players production of
The Diary of Anne Frank
is funded in part bya grant from the National Endowment for theArts. The NEA funding will assist the companyin developing the original cello music, written byRic Averill, that will accompany the production.The NEA grant also helps to fund guestdirector,
ecently retired after twenty-ﬁve years as Producing Director of StageOne: The Louisville Children’s Theatre, Moseshas also served as Artistic Director of the AsoloTouring Theatre and PAF Youth Theatre Center (Huntington, Long Island), and has directedprofessionally at theatres from Washington toFlorida.Active in the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, Goldberghas attended meetings of the Association allover the world and directed the world premiereof Gennadi Mamlin’s
On The Edge
at Moscow’sfamed Taganka Theatre.As a playwright, over twenty-ﬁve of hisplays have been produced professionally, and tenof them have been published, including
Aladdin,The Outlaw Robin Hood, The Men’s Cottage
The Wind In The Willows
. In 1990, Goldbergreceived the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup for hisoutstanding contributions to dramatic literature;and his textbook, Children’s Theatre: A Philosophyand a Method, has been used in many of thenation’s colleges and universities. In July of 2005,Moses received the Children’s Theatre Associationof America’s prestigious Medallion Award for lifetime achievement in the ﬁeld of Children’sTheatre
What was Anne’s initial reaction to the family’sarrival at the secret annex? How was it differentfrom Margot and her mother’s reaction? Howdid Anne’s outlook on living in the annex changeduring the course of the play? What do you thinkbrought about those changes?For what reasons do you think Anne kept a diarywhile she was in hiding? How do you think her diary helped Anne through this difﬁcult time?How is what Anne writes about herself in her diarydifferent from the way she acts around the other occupants of the annex? Why do you think Annehides some of her true feelings from the others?Can you think of a time when you have had tokeep the way you were feeling to yourself ? Howdid it make you feel?What visual image do you remember most fromthe play? Why do you think that image was sopowerful? How did it make you feel?
Some terms students may not be familiar with:SS:
(protective squadron),The SS was a highly trained elite paramilitaryorganization that worked in conjunction withthe Nazi military forces. They ran the labor and death camps.
Westerbork transit camp:
A transit camp for Dutch Jews in Holland.From Westerbork,prisoners weretransported to the deathcamps in Poland.
A governmentorder to report to themilitary, usually to besent to a labor camp.
Anne’s name for her father.
Stands for Water Closet, a room with atoilet.
Astreet in Amsterdamwhere many Jewslived and werearrested in one night.
The Secret Annex