Drama club to present a slice of history: 'The Diary of Anne Frank'

NEIGHBORS

January 11, 1994|By MAUREEN RICE

Fifty years ago, a young girl died.

This was not unique, given the time (Aug. 8, 1944) or the place (a nation occupied by the Nazis).

Her name lives on, far longer than her short life.

Anne Frank, age 16 at the time of her death, left behind, in the annex where she and her family had lived as refugees, a diary.

That diary, found by the generous family who had cared for the Franks during their 2 1/2 -year ordeal, was later published by her father as "The Diary of Anne Frank."

That diary was read worldwide, became a play and movie, and will play again in the Liberty High School auditorium Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The play, a production of the Liberty High School Drama Club, will be performed in a simple set before an audience whose hands will be stamped with numbers in memory of the brands that marked prisoners in concentration camps.

Those who attend the performance will view historical displays in the lobby and will have the opportunity to read biographical material of people who lived under Nazi rule. The biographies will be taped to the backs of seats to provide additional background for the audience before the curtain opens.

"The students [members of the drama club] have become fascinated with the whole history, and are hoping that the audience will get a real feeling of the time and situation," said Cathy James, an English teacher at Liberty and co-director of the play, with drama teacher Kathy Schnorr. "We're almost having a history class, as well as a play.

"The students are comparing the situation to that in Bosnia today -- they are keeping in mind that those who do not study the past are doomed to repeat it," Ms. James said.

"We wanted to take a trip to the Holocaust museum, but we couldn't get it scheduled. On Wednesday, a survivor of the Holocaust will come to speak with us -- it should make the whole thing very real to the kids."

Ms. James, who visited the Holocaust museum in November, says she got some of her ideas for the play there.

"I'll be interested to see how kids react to this," Ms. James said. "The book is part of the curriculum for the eighth grade, so we're hoping that a lot of middle-school children will come to see it."

The 11-member cast includes several veterans of past productions and a cat.

"He [the cat] was not very excited about being on stage in rehearsal today," Ms. James said. "I don't know how well he'll do."

Admission to the slice of history is $3.

For information, call the school at 795-8100.

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Harry Fogle, superintendent of special education for Carroll County schools, will discuss "Exit Outcomes and How They Affect Special Education" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Eldersburg Library.

The meeting on exit outcomes -- the county's goals for its high school graduates -- is sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of Carroll County and is free and open to the public.

"This should be a good meeting for parents who are worried about exit outcomes with their special-needs child," said Stephanie Tighe, president of the association.

"There's a lot of worry about exit outcomes in general, but for parents of children with learning disabilities, it can cause a real anxiety. This should help a lot of people who have questions about how exit outcomes will affect their child."

Ms. Tighe is so concerned about exit outcomes that she sat on several committees working to create the goals.

"I was basically there to make sure that the outcomes were not going to be something that a certain population couldn't reach -- we didn't want to see 'no graduation' for kids who had worked hard to do so."

Ms. Tighe said parents and teachers can work together to make a program that works for their child, but to do so school records must reflect the child's differences from the norm.

"I think the majority of the kids will be OK with exit outcomes, but it may take a little effort to tailor some individual programs," Ms. Tighe said,

For information about the association, or if you plan to attend the meeting, call Ms. Tighe at 795-8621.

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