Auditions for Theatre


The Diary of Anne Frank

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Fighting Chance Productions

DIRECTOR(S)

Allyson Fournier & Ryan Mooney

Casting Director(s):
Allyson Fournier
UNION STATUS

Non-Union

PROJECT TYPE

Theatre / Live Performance

STUDENT PRODUCTION

No

COMPENSATION DETAILS

This is a volunteer, community production.

AUDITION DATE(S)

Sunday, February 25th (2:30pm-5:30pm) & Wednesday, February 28th (7pm-10pm)

AUDITION LOCATION

TBC

SHOOT / PERF. DATE(S)

May 25th – June 23rd, 2018

SHOOT / PERF. LOCATION(S)

The Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Saturday, February 24, 2018

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Please e-mail headshot & resume to auditions@fightingchanceproductions.ca. You will be asked to prepare one dramatic monologue from the modern cannon – not contemporary or classical. You will also be asked to prepare a scene or monologue from the show.

PROJECT SYNOPSIS

In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

Additional Comments:

No German or Dutch accents will be necessary. When reading the sides, please try to keep it grounded and natural. No need to be over the top. Although they may not have spoken the way we do now, these were real people, so we want real performances.

Anne Frank
AGE

18+ to play 13-15

GENDER

Female

DESCRIPTION

Anne is extraordinary in her hope, passion, and belief in the good in the world. At the start of the show she is innocent, precocious and does not hesitate to speak her mid. As she matures thru her time in hiding she becomes introspective, compassionate and ultimately, eager and hopeful for a more accepting future for everyone. She does not feel close to her mother, but idolizes her father. She is compelled to write, documenting every moment and feeling experienced in the annex. *Note: pronounced “An-uh”

Otto Frank
AGE

35-50

GENDER

Male

DESCRIPTION

Anne’s father, very much the patriarch of the Annex. He leads with love and strength in all he does. Unlike young Anne, Otto is even tempered and strives for peace in every situation. At 53 years old, he has the resilience of a younger man but the experience to recognize the reality of the world around him.

Edith Frank
AGE

35-50

GENDER

Female

DESCRIPTION

Anne’s mother. She is reserved and soft-spoken. Constantly worried about her family and their fate. Closer with her older daughter, Margot, she longs for a deeper connection with Anne. Although quiet, she has a bit of Anne’s fortitude and when pushed, will make her mind known.

Margot Frank
AGE

18+ to play 16-18

GENDER

Female

DESCRIPTION

Anne’s older sister. Quiet like her mother. More mature and intellectual than her sister. Margot feels alone and unsure of her place in the annex. She is reserved and respectful of others. Very close with her mother and although they are opposites, she loves and admires her little sister. She longs for a deeper connections to others, but does not know how to achieve them. *Note: pronounced “Margit”

Peter Van Daan
AGE

18+ to play 16-18

GENDER

Male

DESCRIPTION

The Van Daans’ only son. At the beginning he is annoyed with Anne, but later confesses to admiring her spirit. They become good friends during their time in hiding. He is trying to find his place, not only in the annex, but in himself. Not sure of who he will become of if he will be given the chance to find out. He has a good heart and is protective of those he loves. *Note: pronounced “Payter”

ADDITIONAL CHARACTERS

MR. VAN DAAN: (40-55) The head of the Van Daans. Struggling to find his place as second in command. He is intelligent and pragmatic if a bit harsh. He wishes to make his wife happy but on his terms. Wants to teach his son to be more out going and to toughen him up during their time in the annex. Is grateful to Otto for welcoming his family into the Annex without question.

MRS. VAN DAAN (35-50) Not ready to give up her lifestyle. She tries to view the annex as simply a new locale, rather than a necessity for survival. She can be a flirt and Anne even goes so far as to call her frivolous. She clings to her fur coast like one clings to their very identity. She hides her fear of the unknown by worrying about trite things such as Anne and Peter’s growing friendship of which she is jealous.

MR. DUSSEL (40-70) A fussy dentist. He is the only one in the annex without family, having left behind his live in girlfriend who is Christian. More than anyone in the annex, he puts himself first at every turn. He has little patience for his roommate, Anne, and is skeptical of their future. *Note: pronounced “Doosel”

MIEP GIES (25-35) A kind, Dutch secretary from the office of Otto Frank. She helps hide the Franks, Van Daans, and Mr. Dussel. Miep is their connection to the outside world as she keeps them informed and stocked with food, books, and the occasional treat. She is kind and worried but determined to protect them. It is Miep who would find Anne’s diary and save it until after the war, delivering it to Otto upon his return. *Note: pronounced “Meep”

MR. KRALER (40-60) Otto Frank’s business partner. He helps to hide the members of the annex. Like Miep, he never questions his obligations to the Franks and to doing what is right/ A dignified man, at a loss for the world around him.

Nazi Officer and Two Dutch Collaborators (male, any age) Although these three men do not come in until the end of the show, they are exceedingly important roles.