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Audition (Calgary): The Diary of Anne Frank – Morpheus Theatre

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Audition (Calgary): The Diary of Anne Frank – Morpheus Theatre

Morpheus Theatre

Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce Auditions for our January 2013 production:


A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Amanda Liz Cutting

*** Morpheus Theatre is also recruiting for the production team. If interested, please contact us at

Morpheus Theatre is pleased to present this hopeful and heartwarming classic. A stage adaptation of the book The Diary of a Young Girl, this play has been touching the hearts of audiences since 1955. It tells the tale of Anne Frank and her family, along with a handful of others, hiding from the Nazis in an attic during the occupation of Holland in 1945. Somehow, even though she was surrounded by the horrors of war and the injustices of prejudice and persecution, this young girl blossomed into a curious, intelligent and faithful young woman. Her words and her story survived and continue to inspire, move and teach us all a little bit about what it is to be human.

In Nazi-occupied Holland, Otto Frank and his family have decided to go into hiding, because of the increasing persecutions against Jews. The businessman Kraler and his assistant Miep prepare a hiding place in the rooms above their place of business, and arrange for the Franks and another family, the Van Daans, to stay there.

Later on, they are joined by the dentist Dussel. Together, they try to avoid detection while hoping for Holland to be liberated by the Allies, but even meeting basic needs can become a challenge, and even minor incidents could present a grave risk.

Open auditions for all roles will take place:

Tuesday June 26th (7:00 to 9:30pm) and
Wednesday June 27th (7:00 to 9:30pm)
Thursday June 28th (7:00 to 9:30pm)
Callbacks will be Wednesday July 4th, if necessary

at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre
(lower level of the Parkdale Community Centre)
3512 – 5th Avenue NW

Audition Requirements:
* A dramatic monologue from a play that show cases your range
* A cold read may be required
* Please bring your resume and headshot to the audition


Anne Frank (F 11-13): Precocious. Vivacious. Full of energy. Lead character.
Otto Frank (M 35-40): Anne’s Father. Strong. Supportive Family-man.
Edith Frank (F 35- 40): Anne’s Mother. Strong woman who favors Margot over Anne. Traditionalist.
Margot Frank (F 14-16): Anne’s Older Sister. Very Caring. The “perfect” sister and daughter.
Peter Van Dann (M 13-16): Introverted. Teenager. Anne’s love interest. Hiding with the Franks.
Mrs. Petronella Van Dann (F 35-45): Peter’s Mother. Slightly high maintenance. Middle class & privileged. Hiding with the Franks.
Mr. Hans Van Dann (M 35-45): Peter’s Father. Needy. Aristocratic. Hiding with the Franks.
Mr. Kraler (M 35-45): Manager of Otto Frank’s company. One of the people that help the Franks hide. Not Jewish.
Miep Gies (F 16-18): Newly engaged. One of the people that help the Franks hide. Close family friend. Not Jewish.
Mr. Albert Dussell (M 50ish): Dentist that joins the group that’s hiding due to persecution. Slightly eccentric.
First Man, Second Man, Third Man (M varies): Variety of other supporting characters

**Note: Some roles may be double-cast. The role of Anne and Peter address sensitive and mature subject matter. Parental consent will be required.

* Accents will not be required, although clear articulation will be.
* Ethnicity will not be a deciding factor in casting. We are seeking the strongest actor for each role.

Production Schedule:
Rehearsals will most likely take place mid-October to December (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – to be confirmed). There may be 2 rehearsals for the children in the summer to help with character development and memorization.
Cast members will be expected to have learned their lines prior to the start of rehearsals.

**Please NOTE: There will be one week day matinee performance for schools for the last two weeks of the run. Actors must be able to commit to being available for this performance.

Performances are January 11 – 26, 2013 at the Pumphouse Theatre.

Visit to book your audition time online, or call (403) 246-2999.

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