‘Diary of Anne Frank’ on stage in St. Augustine and Jacksonville

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Apex Theatre Studio will present “The Diary of Anne Frank” during the month of January at various venues in the Northeast Florida area.

Performances will take place Jan. 13-15 at The Waterworks in St. Augustine and Jan. 21-31 at St. John’s Cathedral (Taliaferro Hall) in Jacksonville. The performance will also stop over at various schools in Duval and St. Johns counties.

“With the rising increase in anti-Semitism in this area, we felt an urgency to bring this story to local audiences, especially students,” said Ian Mairs, managing director.

“The Diary of Anne Frank” is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th century. The memoirs of this young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution, are an essential part of how people remember one of the darkest periods of human history. Every generation encounters the text and has the same reaction. In the face of such inhumanity, the human spirit still perseveres.

The production is under the direction of guest artist George Judy, professor of theater at Louisiana State University. It features a mix­ture of students and professional teaching artists. The role of Anne Frank will be played by Eva Gassert, a sophomore at Nease High School.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Reservations and more information can be found at apextheatrejax.com.

Performances at The Waterworks are sponsored by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. Use of The Waterworks is possible through generosity of the City of St. Augustine and St. Johns Cultural Council.

Established in 2013, Apex Theatre Studio Inc. is a training facility in Northeast Florida for intermediate- and advanced-level young theater artists. The studio combines a robust performance schedule (10 productions a year), interaction with nationally recognized guest artists and an experienced teaching staff to provide a dynamic learning environment.

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