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The Diary of Anne Frank November 11, National Touring Family Show at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Special Pricing & Buy One/Get One Ticket Promotion

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


10/11/2010 -

A national touring family production of The Diary of Anne Frank comes to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville on November 11 at 7:30 p.m. The show is also appearing for an already sold-out matinee performance for school groups on November 12.

Special pricing for the November 11 performance of The Diary of Anne Frank includes a $20 adult ticket and $10 for youth age 18 and younger or any college student with an ID, as well as a buy one, get one free ticket promotion. To make this important historical drama more accessible for families, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center is offering one free adult ticket for each youth ticket purchased. The buy one, get one free promotion is only available for phone or in-person sales, not internet sales. The box office is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (850) 729-6000 or toll free 1-888-838-ARTS (2787). If available, tickets at the door are the same price as advance tickets and will go on sale at 6:00 p.m. the night of the show. Online ticket sales are available through the center's website at

"The Diary of Anne Frank is really a must see journey through history for the whole family," said Dr. Cliff Herron, Mattie Kelly Arts Center executive director. "By scheduling it on the Veteran's Day holiday, opening up the youth ticket to college students and offering the buy one, get one free promotion, we hope more adults and youth will experience this powerful true story together."

Based on the world-renowned book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, the Barter Theater production celebrates the courage, hope and strength of a young Jewish girl whose message of love has outlasted the oppressive world in which she lived.

Directed by Richard Rose, Anne's story, told in her own words, has become a source of inspiration for many all over the world. Rose said, "In this diary that was left behind, we are given a gift. We witness Anne's courage and ability to find hope and joy in any situation and see the ability of the human soul to rise above its oppressors. We must never forget the courage it took for a little girl to write, 'in spite of everything, I still believe that people are good at heart.'"

On July 6, 1942, two families, the Franks and Van Daans, went into hiding from the Nazis in the small attic of an office building in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Two former employees of Anne's father, Otto Frank - Miep Gies and Mr. Kraler - brought food and supplies for the Franks and Van Daans, as well as an eighth person, Mr. Dussel, until their capture on August 4, 1944.

Actress Kelly Klein plays the title role in The Diary of Anne Frank. Television credits for the young actress include Gilmore Girls and The Jake Effect, and she has appeared in a variety of leading and supporting roles in independent films. Klein most recently played Maura in Ang Lee's 2009 film Taking Woodstock.

A stellar cast that includes several of Barter Theatre's Resident Acting Company Members will join her. Danny Vaccaro and Tricia Matthews play Anne's parents, Otto and Edith, while Julie Schroll plays the Frank's older daughter, Margot. Robin Bloodworth and Hannah Ingram portray Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan with Greg Pragel as their son, Peter. Gannon McHale as Mr. Dussel, Rebecca Reinhardt as Miep Gies and Greg Mach as Mr. Kraler round out the cast.

Don't miss this inspiring and hopeful story performed by a classic American theatre company. During the Great Depression, Barter Theatre opened its doors in Abingdon, Virginia proclaiming, "with vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh," beginning a grand experiment that has not only survived, but thrived. In 1946, the theatre was designated the State Theatre of Virginia. Two years later, Barter's founder Robert Porterfield received a Tony Award for his contribution to the development of America's regional theatre movement.

Currently celebrating its 77th anniversary, Barter is one of our country's last theatres with a year-round professional resident repertory company and boasts an annual attendance of over 163,000 theatergoers - an astounding figure considering the theatre's rural Appalachian location. Famous Barter alumni include Academy Award winners Ned Beatty (Network), Ernest Borgnine (Marty), Patricia Neal (Hud) and Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird); Tony Award winner Hume Cronyn (Hamlet); and Wayne E. Knight (Seinfeld), to name a few. Today patrons pay with cash, but on two selected days during the summer, non-perishable food items are accepted for admission with all proceeds donated to the local food bank. Find out more about Barter Theatre at