Eva Geiringer”, Elizabeth Walker, and her “Mutti”, Simone McQuitty, cower and hide from Nazi soldiers in a “room within a room” in Amsterdam. “And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” will appear on LSC-Kingwood’s Main Stage Feb. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 21-22 at 2 p.m.
Historians and history buffs will hear another personal account of what victims went through during the Holocaust.
Lone Star College-Kingwood’s drama department invites the community to its first production of spring 2015. “And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” will appear on the college’s Main Stage Feb. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 21-22 at 2 p.m.
Written by James Still, the stage production will provide a unique theatrical experience that combines recorded interviews with Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss with live actors recreating scenes from their lives during World War II. Silverberg was Anne Frank’s first boyfriend, who she wrote about in her now famous diary. Schloss was the same age as Frank and lived in the same apartment building in Amsterdam. Her family went into hiding the same day as the Frank family. Like the Frank family, Schloss’s family was betrayed.
“This production takes a look at two survivors of the Holocaust – their interactions with Anne Frank - and their experiences in surviving the Holocaust,” said Eric Skiles, faculty member and director. “These survivors’ stories give a very unique and moving look at people directly affected and they are still alive today.”
On Schloss’s 15th birthday, her family was arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. She and her mother survived and after the war, her mother married Otto Frank (Anne's father). Part oral history, part dramatic action, part direct address, part remembrance, the ensemble-driven “And Then They Came for Me” breaks new ground and has been acclaimed by audiences and critics in world-wide productions.
“This is a moving look at one of the most tragic moments in history,” Skiles said. “It is being produced in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps at the end of WWII.”
The cast for “And Then They Came For Me: Remembering The World of Anne Frank”, is comprised of eight LSC-Kingwood students and one faculty member. They are Eric C. Sandell as Young Ed; Christopher Bowser as Ed’s Father; Jamie Knox as Ed’s Mother; Elizabeth Walker as Young Eva; John Wayne Tingley as Heinz; Bruce Arrick as Pappy; Simone McQuitty as Mutti; Kaleena Steakle as Anne Frank; and Noel Mueller as Hitler Youth. It is directed by Skiles and designed by Kalliope Vlahos.
Tickets for “And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” are $12 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens age 55 and older, and $5 for students. This stage production is set to tour on the road Feb. 25-28 for the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association Play Festival.
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