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The Diary of Anne Frank

Get to know Anne Frank in this story of resilience, strength and hope.
  • May 4 - 19, 2024
  • The Playhouse at Overture Center for the Arts

A play by
Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Based upon
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Newly Adapted by
Wendy Kesselman

75 minutes  |  For ages + 11 and up

Themes: Growing Up, Isolation, Hope

 The Diary of Anne Frank

Don’t miss this powerful adaptation created especially for young audiences. Anne Frank’s account of her time as a young adolescent, hiding in the now infamous attic during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam is simultaneously heartwarming and heart-wrenching. An important story that must be told and never forgotten.

Directed by Roseann Sheridan

Want to enhance your theater experience?

Our enrichment guide provides additional learning, activities and resources. Filled with conversation starters and resources galore, this guide can be utilized to prepare young audience members for the show, introduce them to the theater, encourage them to reflect on their experience, engage them in an activity, and enrich their overall experience with the play.

“I think people should come see the show because it really showcases everything that Anne Frank had to go through at a young audience level. And this play is a wonderful experience to be able to learn about the history of the Holocaust and the specific story.”
– Ava Greenberg, Actress playing Anne Frank

Lead sponsors:
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Co-Associate Sponsors:
Don's Home Furniture

Show Times

  • ASL interpreted performance will take place on Saturday, May 11th at 2:30 PM
  • The role of Anne Frank will be played by Gracie Halverson on Sunday, May 12th at 6:00 PM

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Meet The Cast and Creative Team!

Adult Company Actors

William Bolz
William Bolz
Mr. Van Daan

William Bolz (Mr. Van Daan) has been acting in the Madison area for decades, including many appearances with CTM. He has played Fred and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol at various times, with several Scrooges. He has appeared many times with Forward Theater, American Players Theatre and most local theater groups.

Lisa Bozek Maletic
Lisa Bozek Maletic
U/S Mrs. Van Daan

Lisa Bozek Maletic (u/s Mrs. Van Daan) is thrilled to be working with the wonderful folks at CTM again! Lisa was last seen on stage as Aunt Edith in CTM’s production of Charlotte’s Web. Other favorite Madison roles include Grace in Bus Stop and The Woman in Death of a Salesman, both with Madison Rep. Lisa’s days are usually spent alone in a small padded room where she works as an audiobook narrator. www.lisabozek.com

Steve Cardamone
Steve Cardamone
Otto Frank

Steve Cardamone* (Otto Frank) is thrilled to be part of CTM and this important story. He received his MFA from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theater Training Program in 1999 and is a proud founding member of Shenandoah Shakespeare Express (now the American Shakespeare Center) in Virginia. He is a faculty member for the University of Minnesota BFA Actor Training Program in Minneapolis. Sending love to wife Georgina and daughter Zoey.
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Managers & Actors

Nick Chiaverini
Nick Chiaverini
Dutch Collaborator

Nick Chiaverini (Dutch Collaborator) is thrilled to be back for another CTM season. He has performed in both the Madison area and with theaters in Minnesota. His recent productions include The Lightning Thief: the Percy Jackson Musical, and Peter Pan (CTM) and a staged reading of The Laramie Project (GSAFE). Nick would like to thank his family and friends for their support.

Alli Durst
Alli Durst
Miep

Alli Durst (Miep) is so excited and grateful to work with CTM for the first time as an actor, stitcher, and dresser. She graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a BFA in Acting and additional costuming education. Past productions include Red Velvet (UW Stevens Point), Our Town (Madison College), As We Climb (UW Stevens Point), and Columbinus (Madison College). She thanks her family, friends, and teachers for always believing in and supporting her dreams.

Trevin Gay
Trevin Gay
Alfred Dussel, U/S Otto Frank

Trevin Gay (Alfred Dussel, u/s Otto Frank) is an actor, director, teaching artist and arts administrator. Madison audiences may have recently seen him onstage in Peter Pan, Finder & The North Star, A Christmas Carol, Freaky Friday, Stellaluna, or Matilda (Children’s Theater of Madison). He holds an MFA in Actor Created Physical Theatre from the London International School of Performing Arts. Thank you for supporting live theater and helping to empower local youth.

Deborah Hearst
Deborah Hearst
Mrs. Van Daan

Deborah Hearst (Mrs. Van Daan) is happy to be working with CTM again! In Madison, she has worked with Forward Theater, Strollers, MTG, Mercury Players, among many others. In Chicago, she is best known for her portrayal of Helen in the Midwest premiere of Neil Labute’s Fat Pig, for which she received a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress. She dedicates her performance to her bashert, Whitney, and to her daughter, whose Hebrew name is Chaya, which means “Life.”

Ann Imig
Ann Imig
Edith Frank

Ann Imig (Edith Frank) Named after Anne Frank, Ann is a proud Jewish Wisconsinite. Founder of the nationwide storytelling phenomenon (and book) Listen to Your Mother, a licensed theatrical production, Ann holds an Acting BA from UW Madison, an MSW from the University of Chicago, and spent years as a writer. She and her husband Ben met at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater. They have two amazing sons, Elliott and Max. More at annimig.com

Anthony Novich Leonard
Anthony Novich Leonard
Dutch Collaborator, U/S Kraler

Anthony Novich Leonard (Dutch Collaborator, u/s Kraler) is excited to be part of their second CTM show. In recent shows he has been a pirate (Peter Pan), Donkey (Shrek the Musical), and has performed and trained with Madison Circus Space along with improv at Monkey Business Institute. Thanks for supporting theatre.

Patrick O’Hara
Patrick O’Hara
U/S Alfred Dussel

Patrick O’Hara (u/s Alfred Dussel) is excited and humbled to be a part of this CTM production. Patrick received his MA in Theatre Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has been involved in the Madison theatre community for almost 20 years. Patrick would like to thank his family and his wife for their unwavering support.

David Pausch
David Pausch
Mr. Kraler, U/S Mr. Van Daan

David Pausch (Mr. Kraler, u/s Mr. Van Daan) is a Madison-based theatre artist, and theatre director at La Follette High School. His most recent credits include directing She Kills Monsters, Harvey and Rock of Ages for Madison College, and the Out in the World Monologue Festival for Forward Theater Company. He most recently appeared onstage as Bill in Madison College’s production of The Women of Lockerbie. He would like to thank Ginn, Max, and Karen for their love and support.

Marielle Shiring
Marielle Shiring
U/S Margot

Marielle Shiring (u/s Margot) is honored to be a part of this production of Anne Frank. Favorite acting credits include Ensemble and Winnie U/S in Tuck Everlasting and Ensemble in A Gentleman’s Guide… (Hope Repertory Theatre), Feste in Twelfth Night (SVP), Deb in Ordinary Days, Marianne in Constellations, and Beth in Little Women (Carthage College). Marielle sends her gratitude to CTM for this opportunity and love to her parents and siblings for their support.

Cooper Skubal
Cooper Skubal
Nazi Officer

Cooper Skubal (Nazi Officer) This is Cooper’s first production with CTM. He works as an actor, stuntman, and fight choreographer in Wisconsin, and a motion capture actor at Raven Software and PUBG of Madison. His most recent works include 1-800 and O, For a Muse of Fire (Edgewood College), Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 (Raven Software), and choreographing Middleton High and Madison College’s separate productions of She Kills Monsters.

Liz Cassarino
U/S Mrs. Frank

Liz Cassarino (u/s Mrs. Frank) is honored to be a part of this moving production. Previous credits include To Kill a Mockingbird, Tibet Through the Red Box, A Christmas Carol (CTM), Silent Sky, and The Farnsworth Invention (Forward Theater.) She has also served as a voice/dialect coach for CTM and Four Seasons Theater. Liz is a part-time lecturer in the Theatre and Drama Department at UW-Madison where she also received her MFA. She is extremely privileged and proud to have worked with these remarkable young people over the years with CTM.

Young Company Actors

Greysen Ebert
Greysen Ebert
U/S Officers

Greysen Ebert (u/s Officers) is excited to be a part of this important story. Some of his favorite past portrayals include Maurice in Beauty and the Beast, Ensemble in Tuck Everlasting, and Shakespeare in Something Rotten. He is deeply grateful for the support of his family, friends, and mentors.

Arden Gray
Arden Gray
Margot Frank

Arden Gray (Margot Frank) is delighted to be playing Margot in The Diary of Anne Frank! Arden first performed with CTM in the ensemble of The Lightning Thief earlier this year. She is currently a junior at West High School and frequently performs in school productions and with the Young Shakespeare Players. She would like to thank her family for their constant support, and she hopes you enjoy the show!

Ava Greenberg
Ava Greenberg
Anne Frank

Ava Greenberg (Anne Frank) is a sophomore at Middleton High School and is honored to be portraying Anne. Previous shows include CTM’s Matilda (Lavender), Stellaluna (Stellaluna), MHS Theatre’s Into the Woods (Little Red), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero), and Urinetown (Hope). Thank you to Roseann’s brilliant direction, Michael Ross, Anders Goodwin, and the entire cast and crew. Thanks to my family, especially my Great Baba (Yetta Schwartz), who was the prolific writer in my family. Anne’s diary touched many lives and I hope this play honors her and all the lives lost in the Holocaust. May their memory be a blessing.

Gracie Halverson
Gracie Halverson
Anne Frank U/S and Cover

Gracie Halverson (Anne Frank u/s and Cover) is proud to be finishing her CTM career with The Dairy of Anne Frank. Gracie has been in 12 CTM shows, starting at 8 years old as the Spirit of Want in A Christmas Carol. She has played everything from a penguin to Tsipka in To the Promised Land to the Ghost of Christmas Past. Gracie is graduating from Madison West High School in June. Special thanks to Roseann Sheridan for her mentorship over the past 10 years.

Owen Sehgal
Owen Sehgal
U/S Peter Van Daan

Owen Sehgal (u/s Peter Van Daan) is overjoyed to return to CTM! He is a Junior at Middleton High School where he recently performed as Bobby Strong in Urinetown, and Jack in Into the Woods. You may have just seen him as Grover in CTM’s The Lightning Thief! Owen would like to thank the cast and crew for this awesome experience, and his family for all their support!

Eleanor Treinen
Eleanor Treinen
U/S Miep

Eleanor Treinen (u/s Miep) is delighted to be back with CTM! She is a Senior at DeForest Area High School and is involved in a variety of extracurriculars. Some past CTM credits include: A Christmas Carol (Evangeline), Peter Pan (Liza/Pounce) and Freaky Friday (Ensemble). She’d like to thank CTM for the endless love and countless opportunities they’ve given her over the past several years!

DID YOU KNOW?

Sensory Kits are available at all performances, including noise reducing headphones. (Thanks to CI Pediatric Therapy Center!)