Zanesville Community Theatre Presents Diary of Anne Frank

by Josh Overholser on June 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

The Zanesville Community Theatre’s 51st season of shows continued this weekend with performances of a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Director Matthew Harper says the adapted script still stays true to the original narrative. The new adaptation simply gives a more detailed look into the family since we have been able to learn more about the story in recent years.

"It’s based on the story of Anne Frank and her family, also the Van Daans, or Van Pels as their real name is," Harper said.  "They go into hiding to get away from the Nazi regime. They go into hiding for almost three years, and this is the basis of those three years of what you see."

The play’s opening weekend concluded with a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance Sunday afternoon. Despite being set well in the past, Harper says it’s a story that still resonates with audiences.

"You can tell with the audience, they understand that this is still significant. In fact, June 12th was Anne’s birthday. She would be turning 85 this year. Without this injustice, she quite possibly could still be alive."

The play continues next weekend with 8 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday. For tickets, you can visit