Northwest NEWS

Nember 6, 2000


'Anne Frank and Me' opens at Leota JH

Leota Junior High Drama Department (Leota Youth Theatre) will present "Anne Frank and Me" Nov, 7, 8, 16, and 17 at 7 p.m. at the Leota Theatre, 19301 169th N.E. Woodinville.
   Directed by Todd Westendorf, "Anne Frank and Me" directly confronts the ignorance of many young people about the Holocaust. The play begins in a town that could be anywhere in America, a place where teen-age girls are rehearsing for a dance and worrying about boys.
   What they're not worrying about is one of their classroom assignments reading the "Diary of Anne Frank."
   But before long, a skeptical girl named Nicole finds herself transported to Paris during the German occupation, where she re-encounters people she knows.
   Her school principal is now her father, a prominent doctor active in the Resistance; her English teacher is her mother, and she is a member of a Jewish family.
   Nicole, in the end, is forced into hiding in an attic as Anne Frank was, but is also destined to encounter the Dutch girl aboard a train bound for Auschwitz.
   The lesson of "Anne Frank and Me" is clear. The impact is powerful.
   Tickets are $5 and will be on sale at the door. For information call (425) 402-5436