Pueblo West High School’s Advanced Drama class is performing “The Diary of Anne Frank” on January 15, 16, and 17. Shows will be at 7 pm. Tickets are $2 for students, and $5 for adults.
Originally written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, this production takes place during World War II, when Hitler and the Nazi’s occupied Germany. Jews were being put in concentration camps and massacred. Two families, the Franks and the Van Daan’s, come together to hide in the attic of a store, ran by Mr. Frank and an associate. This is essentially their story of how they had to survive in the attic.
The students in the drama class have spent hours and devoted weekends to this production. They run through lines, place sets, paint, put the final touches together. The actors are forced to push through their nerves and anxiety to really wow the crowd.
Tyler Bodry, a senior in the production, stated, “We wanted to do an all senior play, kind of a final farewell. We thought, ‘what is something that is meaningful, has deep meaning and truly a lot of people will want to see?’ We thought Anne Frank would be good for that.”
This play covers many dark topics. Bodry explained one of the biggest challenges he faced was on a mental level. “We cover a lot of serious and traumatic things. There are a couple lines and scenes that are very hard to deal with. It’s a true story and there are somethings that just hit you.”
Bodry genuinely committed to his role. He pledged to grow out a mustache for the part, because during the time period of World War II, a mustache was essential to complete the look. When asked if the character matches him, he said, “I think it fits me pretty well. I am kind of like the dad of the drama department as well. You know, making sure everything is going smoothly, popping a couple puns here and there.”