The Performer’s Playground and Amplified Arts to Collaborate and Present "The Diary of Anne Frank"

CLAREMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE - The Performer’s Playground announces a new collaboration with the Amplified Arts’ early career program called The Academy. The two youth-based arts programs will produce the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play The Diary of Anne Frank, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, which will be staged in The Performer’s Playground’s 30 seat, black box theatre starting on November 11.

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“It is the perfect opportunity for these two arts organizations to bring something very special to our community," Shelly Hudson, producing artistic director for Amplified Arts, said in a recent interview. "Both organizations offer youth programming, The Performer’s Playground with a 16-year history of producing some of the best youth theatre in the area and The Academy, which focuses on extended learning opportunities through the arts. It’s a natural fit!

"We are extremely moved to be bringing a production of The Diary of Anne Frank into the The Performer’s Playground’s intimate space. It is going to feel like you are sitting next to the Frank family with this powerful adaptation, which is the impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic as an intensely gifted young girl faces her rapidly changing world with astonishing honesty, wit and determination. We believe the talent in the Sullivan County area will do an exceptional job with this piece!”

Hudson will be guest directing the production which marks her return to the arts organization she founded 16 years ago, the The Performer’s Playground and will be the second show with Amplified Arts, a performance arts hub coming to Downtown Claremont. Shelly was also the recipient of the 2016 New Hampshire Theatre's "Vision and Tenacity" award for her work with the The Performer’s Playground before her departure in 2012 to take the helm of Red River Theatre, the indie art-house cinema in Concord New Hampshire. She is excited to be coming back.

“It has been a long time dream of mine to provide high-quality arts experiences to Sullivan County and by engaging the next generation of artists, we ensure the success of both of these important arts organizations which in turn, keeps that dream alive. What fun, that we can work together on a common artistic and programming goal!”

Chasity L. Trybulski, the The Performer’s Playground’s current board chair, recently stated: “The Performer’s Playground is excited to work once again with director Shelly Hudson, as she brings an invigorating enthusiasm to her work. This production of Anne Frank is sure to reflect that and be an educational and entertaining showcase for the talent of our local youth!”

Auditions are open to youth, ages 13 to 18 and will take place at the The Performer’s Playground studio space at 794 John Stark Highway on Saturday, September 17th from 1 to 3 p.m. Please plan on reading or performing a dramatic monologue as well as cold reads. For more information, please email Shelly Hudson at The production will open on Friday, November 11 for a possible two-weekend run.

Students also have the opportunity to complete an extended learning opportunity with Michele Caccavaro, a Newport high school teacher and fellow at Keene State's Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide studies, as well as being an Alfred C. Lerner fellow at the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Summer Institute at Columbia University. There will be more information provided at auditions for this component.

For more information regarding the The Performer’s Playground check out their website and find them on Facebook. You can also find out more information about Amplified Arts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and right here at Standing Room Only, where Shelly is a contributing writer.