Molly Franco, Stan Graner Lead WaterTower's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

Molly Franco, Stan Graner Lead WaterTower's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

WaterTower Theatre today announced the cast for The Diary of Anne Frank, running January 6-29, 2012 at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast includes Molly Franco as Anne Frank, Stan Graner as Otto Frank, Emily Scott Banks as Edith Frank, Jessica Renee Russell as Margot Frank, Travis Tope as Peter van Daan, Lucia Welch as Mrs. Van Daan, Paul T. Taylor as Mr. Van Daan, Ted Wold as Mr. Dussell, Dana Schultes as Miep Gies, Andrew J. Kasten as Mr. Kraler, Arvin Combs as the Nazi Officer, and Jacob Aaron Cullum and Wes Cantrell as Nazi Soldiers.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in The Diary of Anne Frank will be Travis Tope, Dana Schultes, Andrew J. Kasten, and Wes Cantrell.

The creative team for The Diary of Anne Frank is led by Director Terry Martin. Clare DeVries is the Set Designer, Michael A. Robinson is Costume Designer, Susan White is Lighting Designer, Scott Guenther is Sound Designer, and Heidi Shen is the Stage Manager.

The Diary of Anne Frank opens Monday, January 9 running through Sunday, January 29, 2012. Press/Media night is Monday, January 9 at 7:30 pm.

Anne Frank is undoubtedly an icon of the Holocaust; her diary has been published in many languages, and millions of people are familiar with her story. In this powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, the young Anne Frank emerges from history as a living, lyrical, intensely gifted girl who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit and determination. This impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence. Each day for two dark years, Anne Frank's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!"

Single tickets for The Diary of Anne Frank go on sale to the general public Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at noon.

The Diary of Anne Frank is generously underwritten, in part, by the Addison Business Association in honor of RoBert Mayer, Jr., Atmos Energy, The Dallas Foundation, the 500 Inc., RoBert Mayer, Jr., Women of WaterTower Theatre.

The Dallas Holocaust Museum is the community partner for this production.

The Diary of Anne Frank

Adapted by Wendy Kesselman based on the original play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Based on the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Directed by Terry Martin

Performance Schedule:

Show Run Dates: Monday, January 9 - Sunday, January 29, 2012

Preview Dates: Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7 at 8pm

Pay What You Can: Sunday, January 8 at 7:30pm

Opening Night: Monday, January 9 at 7:30pm

Atmos Energy Student Matinee Performances: January 17 and 24 at 10 am

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30pm

Fridays: 8pm

Saturdays: 2pm (January 28 only) & 8pm

Sundays: 2pm

Ticket Prices:

Single Tickets: $20 - $40

Preview Tickets: $20 (Note: Sunday, January 8 is "Pay What You Can")

How/Where to Buy Tickets: www.watertowertheatre.org or 972-450-6232 or in person at
WaterTower Theatre Box Office (Tuesday - Friday, 12pm to 6pm)
Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001

About Terry Martin (Director):

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 70 productions.

Some of his 42 directing credits at WTT include Spring Awakening, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Black Pearl Sings!, The Full Monty, As You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award - Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award - Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin' Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination - Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination - Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey's End (2000 Rabin Award - Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage at WTT in Our Town, Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics' Forum Award), The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latterday Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me... (1998 Rabin Award - Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC's One Life to Live and NBC's To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

About WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre has become a theatrical force of nature through its consistent excellence and sharp programming. Combining Broadway-quality productions with the beauty of an intimate playing space, WaterTower Theatre provides experiences that are powerful and insightful, intense and uplifting. WaterTower Theatre provides the community with an opportunity to examine man's condition from all perspectives and promotes growth through humor and drama.

Now in its 16th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.2 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

A committed and intrepid producer of new work, the theatre has presented 5 world premiere productions and 13 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fall with Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life) and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin's southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemon and A Country Life earned WaterTower Theatre a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to nurturing emerging talent and expanding audiences. The annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival strives to present new work by local and national writers. A major part of WaterTower Theatre's education program partners professional artists and technicians with students at our Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, where students ages 8 - 18 learn "life skills through theatre skills." In addition, master classes and workshops for professional performers offer an opportunity for continued education at the local level.

WTT is privileged to make its home at the Addison Theatre Centre, an award-winning flexible theatre space that can be reconfigured to accommodate each new production. WaterTower's expanding artistic vision, deepening service to the community and growing audiences have led to a unique partnership with the Town of Addison, one aimed at the development of an exciting destination for patrons to experience the best in theatrical and performing arts.

WaterTower Theatre is a Constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre and a member of the Dallas Theatre League.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, the 500, Inc., The Dallas Foundation & the National Endowment for the Arts.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season sponsors:

Ackley Financial Group, Addison Business Association, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Don and Barbara Daseke, AT&T Yellow Pages, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, RoBert Mayer, Jr., The Shubert Foundation and Target Corporation, Women of WaterTower Theatre, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.

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