‘Anne Frank & Me’ opens Nov. 8 at Chiawana High

November 7, 2013 

Richard Dickin | rdickin@tricityherald.com Brianna Rodriguez, playing Anne Frank, left, and Carryn Slage as Nicole Burns, rehearse a scene from the Chiawana High School production of Anne Frank & Me. It opens Nov. 8.n

Chiawana High School will present Anne Frank & Me at 7 p.m. Nov. 8-9, 15-16 in the black box theater at the high school on Argent Road in Pasco.

The play follows a spoiled and indulged American teenager, Nicole Burns, who is a Holocaust denier.

The play was adapted from the novel of the same name, written by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld. Bennett wrote the stage version and also directed when it premiered in New York City in 1996.

After an accident lands Nicole unconscious in a hospital, she dreams that she has been transported to 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris, where her name is Nicole Bernhardt and she is a member of a Jewish family in hiding, though she still sees herself as an American girl living in the year 2001.

As months pass, she accepts her fate and joins her non-Jewish friends who oppose Hitler. She begins writing anti-Nazi letters for the French resistance.

Then her family is discovered by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz. On the train ride there, Nicole meets Anne Frank and tells her she's read her diary. But Anne is confused because she left her diary in the attic where the family was hiding in Holland.

Nicole and Anne are separated later, with Anne shipped off to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and Nicole and her family to Auschwitz. As Nicole and her sister are being sent to the gas chamber, Nicole tries to comfort her sister, who is screaming in fear.

Nicole eventually awakens in a hospital, confused, but with her denial of the Holocaust changed forever by her dream.

Nicole is played by Carryn Slage with Brianna Rodriguez as Anne Frank. Other key characters are played by Sam York, Glendy Ibarra, Christina Fangman, Ally Gocus, Kyle Bishop, Sam Fishe, Hannah Sullivan, Jason Hopkins, Destiny Towery, Trent Iceberg, Eric Gonzalez, Natasha Jensen, Adrianna Michelson and Jasmine Bugler.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door.

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