High school actors learned more than their characters’ lines in preparation for this weekend’s performances of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
Long before their Friday and Saturday night productions, the 13-member cast and 15-member crew got an intimate look at the life and times of Anne Frank by talking with experts and a Holocaust survivor.
Victor High School theater director Jeremy Hawkinson said the deep dive into history and the impact of hatred was moving on every level.
“Jeffrey Parker, a teacher-fellow with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and PhD candidate with a research focus on Holocaust and genocide education, led us through discussions on the historical context of the play,” said Hawkinson. “He helped the cast look at the efforts of the Nazis to eradicate an entire population and examine how propaganda demonized an entire people.”