REENFIELD — “The Diary of Anne Frank” has been told and retold. The words of the young Jewish girl hiding in an attic from the Nazi’s has been translated into 70 different languages and sold more than 30 million copies.
But according to Kathy Hoefgen, the director of the Ricks-Weil Theatre Company’s current production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” hers is a story that needs to be told over and over again.
“It’s an important piece of history that needs to be passed down,” Hoefgen said.
Hoefgen and producer Beth Ray Scott first began talking about a production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” in the fall of 2014. They planned a season to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, starting with “The Sound of Music,” which details the Von Trapp family’s escape from war-torn Europe, followed by “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
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Hoefgen, whose previous director experience includes “The Miracle Worker” in 2013, is highly complimentary of the Anne Frank cast.
The 11-person cast began rehearsals the third week in January and will run the show Friday, Saturday, March 11, 12 and 13 at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 W. Main St.
“The cast is wonderful,” Hoefgen said. “They got a good sense of their characters early on.”
With a play based on real people and real events, research into the history was a must, Hoefgen said.
A quick Google search for Anne Frank’s annex brings up actual