The inspirational true story of a Jewish girl and her family hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex in Amsterdam. Innovative staging brings new life to this timeless drama of courage, compassion and the indomitable human spirit.
The Diary of Anne Frank is considered it suitable for most ages, though its ending may be too harrowing for some younger children. This production has some mature content. Smoking is depicted with e-cigarettes.
Support for the 2015 season of the Avon Theatre is generously provided by the Birmingham family.
2015: Mrs. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank and Mrs. Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer. 28th season. Stratford: Highlights: Mary Stuart, Judith Bliss (Hay Fever), Mrs. Sullen (The Beaux' Stratagem), Elora (The Thrill), Late Night with Lucy, Masha (Three Sisters), Dolly (Hello, Dolly!), Anna (The King and I), Nana (For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again), The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Ursla the Pigwoman (Bartholomew Fair), Regan (King Lear - a Tony-nominated production), Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Desdemona, the Duchess of Malfi. Elsewhere: Arkadina in The Seagull (Segal Centre), Queen Lear at the University of Northern Colorado and author of Limericks by Lucy Peacock as the Duchess of Malfi: Written as She Lay Dead on the Stage. Et cetera: "Celebrating my wondrous family and our beautiful farm. This season is dedicated to Bernard Hopkins and Jay Klassen. Keep a song in your heart and a smile behind your eyes."
2015: Mr. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Mr. Richard Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer and Henry in The Last Wife. Eighth season. Stratford: Joseph Ziegler was part of the Stratford company from 1983 to 1987, acting in Love's Labour's Lost, Henry IV, Part 1, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline, Pericles, Measure for Measure and many others. In 2000 he directed Paul Gross as Hamlet, and in 2009 he appeared in Morris Panych's play The Trespassers. Elsewhere: Founding member of Soulpepper, where he has directed and acted in many plays, including Our Town, Death of a Salesman and A Christmas Carol. He has had a long association with the Shaw Festival, as an actor and as director of plays such as When We Are Married, Harvey, Major Barbara and Widowers' Houses.
2015: Peter van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Diggory, Little Aminadab in She Stoops to Conquer and appears in Oedipus Rex. Third season. Stratford: Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Young Son in Mother Courage and Her Children, French Herald in King John, Petruchio in Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere: Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Anselmo in Man of La Mancha (Theatre by the Bay); Henry in Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre); Malcolm in The Full Monty (Moonpath Productions). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: "Much love to all my friends and family, and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Daniel, Grandma, Caroline, Frank and Shari."
2015: Mr. Kraler in The Diary of Anne Frank, Tom Twist, Oliver in She Stoops to Conquer and appears in Oedipus Rex. Fourth season. Stratford: King John (James Gurney), Mother Courage, Antony and Cleopatra, Henry V, Wanderlust, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Peter Simple), Twelfth Night (Valentine). Birmingham Conservatory: The Winter's Tale (Camillo), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck). Elsewhere: The Postman Walks (artistic contributor) (Appledore Productions); Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud); (re)Birth: E.E. Cummings in Song, Oh What a Lovely War, Window on Toronto, A Chorus of Disapproval, She Stoops to Conquer (Soulpepper); Hair (Canadian Stage); The Taming of the Shrew (ShakespeareWorks). Film/TV (favourites): Hannibal (Roland Umber) (NBC); The Space (TVOKids host/producer); The Ladies' Man (Young Leon Phelps) (Paramount); System Crash (YTV). Radio/Recordings: Steam Whistle; Tommy Zoom, TVOKids. Training: Claude Watson School for the Arts, RCM Canada, George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Online: @RyanFieldActor. Et cetera: Ryan is a recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award. His music is on iTunes.
2015: Young Charles Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer and appears in The Diary of Anne Frank and Oedipus Rex. Fourth season. Stratford: Edmund in King Lear, Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cassio in Othello, O'Kelly in Mary Stuart and appeared in The Beaux' Stratagem, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline and Elektra. Elsewhere: Hohenzollern in The Prince of Homburg (TIFT); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Neptune); Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Grand); Paul in Hail (RCAT); Freder in Pains of Youth, Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ernest in The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine (c2c); Sin in Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud); Clarke in No Man's Land (Rising Tide). Directing: Henry IV, Part 1, Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Perchance); The Leisure Society, Autobahn, The Stendhal Syndrome (c2c). Film/TV: Reign (CW); Republic of Doyle, Diverted, Above and Beyond (CBC). Training: BFA (Acting), University of Alberta; Birmingham Conservatory.
2015: Mr. Dussel in The Diary of Anne Frank, Kreon in Oedipus Rex and understudy in She Stoops to Conquer. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, March Hare/Narrator in Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Tony Blair in Stuff Happens (2014-15 English Theatre Acting Ensemble, National Arts Centre); John in After Miss Julie (Red One Theatre); Civility (Necessary Angel); Pyrrus in Andromache (Necessary Angel/Luminato); Laertes/Player Queen in Hamlet (Necessary Angel/World Stage). Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries.Training: Queen's University, Trinity College, Dublin. Awards: 2012 Canada Council John Hirsch Prize for Directing, 2008 K.M. Hunter Award for Theatre. Et cetera: Artistic Director of Human Cargo: humancargo.ca. Upcoming: Director and co-playwright of Dust, a Human Cargo/Crow's Theatre co-production at Buddies in Bad Times, November 2015.
2015: Roger in She Stoops to Conquer, Thom in The Last Wife and appears in The Diary of Anne Frank. 12th season. Stratford: Unicorn/Carpenter (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Sandy Tyrell (Hay Fever), Lodovico (Othello), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Louis the Dauphin (Henry V), Richmond (Richard III), Hosanna (Hosanna), Ferdinand (The Tempest), Proteus (The Two Gentlemen of Verona), Malcolm (Macbeth) (twice), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Nathaniel (Love's Labour's Lost), Edgar (King Lear), Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), Pierrot (Don Juan), Cromwell (Henry VIII). Elsewhere: Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) (MTC); Clown (The 39 Steps) (Globe Theatre); Simon/Wahab (Scorched)(Citadel/Tarragon); Pierrot (Don Juan) (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde); Narrator (The Rape of Lucrece) (Theatre Ste. Catherine); Henry V (Henry V) (Gravy Bath). Training: National Theatre School, John Abbott College, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Michael Mawson Award, Chalmers Training Award. Et cetera: "Much love to Sarah and my girls."
2015: Brigit in She Stoops to Conquer and appears in The Diary of Anne Frank and Oedipus Rex. Second season. Stratford: King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere: Mrs. Perks in The Railway Children (Marquis/Mirvish), Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (The Grand Theatre), Kellyanne in Pobby and Dingan (YPT), Anne Catherick in The Woman in White (Theatre Aquarius), Eloise in The Eyes of Heaven (Blyth Festival). Film/TV: Copper (BBC America); The Kennedys (Muse Entertainment); Murdoch Mysteries (City TV); Rookie Blue (ABC). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre (2013-2104 and 2014-2015); George Brown Theatre School; Meadows School of the Arts (Southern Methodist University). Et cetera: Laura would like to thank her father for his never-ending love and support and dedicates her time in Stratford to the memory of her mother.
2015: Margot Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Rose in She Stoops to Conquer and Priest in Oedipus Rex. Second season. Stratford: Liesl in The Sound of Music; Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere: The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice (National Arts Centre/Theatre Calgary); True (Criminal Theatre/Aluna Theatre); Salt-Water Moon (Thousand Islands Playhouse); When the World Was Green, The Jones Boy (surface/underground theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Women: The Musical, The Three Musketeers (Citadel Theatre); The Madonna Painter (Factory Theatre); Johnny Belinda, Pygmalion (Montgomery Theatre, P.E.I.); Scenes from the Bathhouse, Emily, The Inspector General (Talk Is Free Theatre). Recordings: Première CD recording of Cyrano featuring Brent Carver and David Rogers. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program; Ryerson Theatre School (BFA). Awards: Dora nomination for The Jones Boy (Outstanding Performance). Et cetera: "Deepest gratitude to my family, Martha, Angela and Peter for their love and support."
2015: Bet Bouncer in She Stoops to Conquer, Bess in The Last Wife and appears in The Diary of Anne Frank. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Seagull (Crow's Theatre/Company Theatre/Canadian Stage), Someone Else (Crow's Theatre/Canadian Stage), The Penelopiad (Nightwood Theatre), DISS (Mixed Company), A Raisin in the Sun (Soulpepper); pomme is french for apple (co-writer, producer and performer). Bahia Watson is an artist and storyteller. She is currently developing two new shows for the stage and a radio podcast series. Awards: Dora Award for Outstanding Performance Ensemble (The Penelopiad), RBC Footprint Award (presented by Obsidian Theatre). Online: www.bahiawatson.com. Twitter: @bahiawatson.
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