The play breathes new life into the diary entries of this extraordinary girl, inviting the audience to share in this compelling and surprisingly relatable journey. Within the annex in which she hid, Anne Frank comes of age: she plays, cries, laughs, and falls in love for the first time. When you witness the account, you will see that Anne's faith is more relevant today as when it was first published..."in spite of everything...people are truly good at heart".
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Anastasia St. Amand (Miep Gies)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: Princess of Pain (Urban Curves), The Winters Tale (Full Circle), Habanera (Mob Hit), Charlottes Web (Center Stage), Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Old Trout Puppet Workshop). OF INTEREST: A graduate of Mount Royal University, Anastasia is an actor, writer & Stage Combatant. She works as a fight director, residency artist and Artistic Associate for Full Circle Theatre.
Jim Archibald (Mr. Kraler)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: Of Mice & Men (Spirit Fire Theatre), The Hobbit (ASM, Storybook Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (Director, Storybook Theatre). OF INTEREST: A long time participant in the community theatre scene, Jim has admirably filled numerous acting, directing & production roles before settling in Calgary in 1978. A native Maritimer, Jim is a retired teacher who loves to travel and supports the Flames!
Owen Bishop (Mr. Van Daan)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: Flee!, Obstructions Series (Electric Company), Romeo & Juliet, Elbow Room Café: The Musical, Oklahoma!, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (Studio 58), Tuesdays with Morrie (Leo Llama Productions), Cloud 9 (Citadel YAC). OF INTEREST: Owen is a graduate of Studio 58 and will be taking his one man show Half the Battle to the Edmonton Fringe this summer. Follow him AT OwenPEBishop. For Nadine.
Jaslyn Collis (Margot Frank)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: Romeo & Juliet, Village of Idiots (Willow Park School), The Little Princess (CYPT), James & the Giant Peach, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Central Memorial HS). OF INTEREST: Jaslyn started acting at the age of 5 in Theatre productions and three years ago also moved into TV/Film acting. Jaslyn also takes ongoing acting lessons through a variety of sources, including three sessions at Company of Rogues.
Ben Francis (Albert Dussel)
WITH ACT: Arden of Faversham, The Vibrator Play, The Goat (or) Who is Sylvia, Almost Maine. ELSEWHERE: Not Sondheim (Calgary Fringe), Bar off Melrose, Rimers of Eldritch, All in the Timing (Company of Rogues), All in Good Time (Workshop Theatre). OF INTEREST: Ben moved to Calgary from England with his family in 1996. He trained for 3 years at Company of Rogues Actors Studio, before becoming Artistic Associate for Artists` Collective Theatre this past year. Thank you Amanda, Mum & Dad.
Charlotte Loeppky (Edith Frank)
WITH ACT: Arden of Faversham, The Goat (or) Who is Sylvia, The Apple Kingdom (Musical Director). ELSEWHERE: August: Osage County (Liffey Players), Godspell (FRC), Guys and Dolls (Windmill). OF INTEREST: This is the second time playing Edith for Charlotte, who was part of the Morpheus Theatre cast in 2012. She is deeply honored to bring Edith back to life for ACT`s adaptation of the story.
Natalie Marshall (Anne & Margot Frank)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: Atlantis (CYPT), A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary), Sing Along with Mary (Cowtown Opera), Butcher (ATP), The Lion, the Witch, & The Wardrobe (Storybook Theatre). OF INTEREST: Natalie was nominated for two CAT awards in 2012. She has also won many awards at local and provincial music & speech festivals. As well as theatre, she loves singing, practicing ASL, and spending time with her friends. She would like to thank her family and ACT for all their support.
Brian Martell (Otto Frank) *
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: The Gret Zone (Scorpio Theatre), Richard III, Henry VI Part III (The Shakespeare Company). OF INTEREST: Trained at York University and LAMDA. Played Norm Cates in the Canadian TV series Mentors. Brian also tours a series of school presentations on Shakespeare and Poetry.
Kaleigh Richards (Mrs. Van Daan)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: The Who`s Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar (FRC), Not a Shot Fired (Heritage Park Players), Five by Eleven (Sage Theatre IGNITE Festival), Pirates of Penzance, Cocktails at Pams (Morpheus Theatre) The House of Bernarda Alba (Toronto Fringe). OF INTEREST: Kaleigh is a born and raised Calgarian and a graduate of the Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Daniel Rousell (Peter Van Daan)
WITH ACT: Arden of Faversham. ELSEWHERE: Cyrano & Roxanne (Central Memorial HS), Suessical the Musical, The Magician`s Nephew (Trinity Christian School). OF INTEREST: Daniel was born and raised in Calgary. He fell in love with the stage at age 6 and has also recently started working in film and television. He received a lifetime achievement award at TSC for his contribution to their Dramatic Arts program and is a 2015 Joey Award Nominee for his role in Suessical the Musical.
Haylee Thompson (Anne & Margot Frank)
WITH ACT: Shape of a Girl. ELSEWEHERE: A Christmas Story The Musical, RENT: Student Editiion (Storybook Theatre), Land of the Dead (Shakespeare Company & GZT), The Wizard of OZ (St. Peter`s Players). OF INTEREST: Haylee has been heavily involved in Calgary`s theatre community for the past five years and has loved every minute of it. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their support. Enjoy the show!
Gabe Treleaven (Peter Van Daan)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: A Christmas Story the Musical, Willy Wonka, Peter Pan, Big (Storybook Theatre), The Sound of Music (Painted Fish), Gypsy (FRC), Shrek, Mulan (Captain Nichola Goddard School). OF INTEREST: Gabe started performing at age 6 with the Calgary Boys Choir and continued for 6 years. He started performing in musicals at age 10, playing the Donkey in Shrek. He is excited to be in a play for the first time. Gabe also loves to play the tuba, piano and guitar.
Sadey Wild (Anne Frank)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE (TV & FILM): Haunters (TV pilot), City Boys, Back Country Adventures (Short film), Nostalgia (Short film), Breathe (Short film). OF INTEREST: Sadey has been an active actress since 2010 being cast as background in shows such as Heartland and Fargo as well as lead roles in both TV and short films to date.
Amanda Cutting (Director)
WITH ACT: The Goat (or) Who is Sylvia, Spring Awakening, Almost Maine, ELSEWHERE: Love Potion No. 9 (Cowtown Opera), Peter Pan, The Last Five Years (Assistant Director, Storybook Theatre), Diary of Anne Frank (Morpheus Theatre). OF INTEREST: Amanda is thrilled to once again bring The Diary of Anne Frank to life on stage. She is a graduate ofMRU`s Theatre program & Trinity College in England. She will be directing Cowtown Opera`s upcoming production of Ella later this Spring.
Eric Pettifor (Assistant Director)
WITH ACT: Almost Maine, Spring Awakening, The Apple Kingdom, Lonely Soldier Monologues. ELSEWHERE: The Selkie Wife (Wayward Artists), Not Sondheim (Calgary Fringe). OF INTEREST: Eric is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, and has directed such plays as Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Noel Coward's The Vortex, and Edward Albee's Seascape. He has a BA in Archaeology and Psychology from Simon Fraser University. He recently founded Wayward Artists late last year.
Rikki Steinkrauss (Stage Manager)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: BADGER (Theatre BSMT), The Nutcracker (Red Deer College -Conservatory of Ballet) OF INTEREST: Rikki completed her technical theatre diploma at Red Deer College in 2010. This is her first production with Artists` Collective Theatre, and she is very excited to be apart of such an amazing show!
Jessica Evans (Assistant Stage Manager)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: 80s Solid Gold, The Wedding Singer (Stage West), Against All Odds (Thee Theatrically Obsessed), Young Frankenstein, The Light in the Piazza, Urinetown, Nine, Catch Me If You Can, Big Fish, Sondheim on Sondheim (Grant MacEwan University), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (FRC), Camp Rock (Storybook Theatre). OF INTEREST: Jessica is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Technical Theatre program.
Michelle McAulay (Lighting Design)
WITH ACT: Arden of Faversham, Lonely Soldier Monologues, Rel8shun. ELSEWHERE: Diary of Anne Frank (Morpheus Theatre), Rimers of Eldritch, Dog Sees God, Comedy Double Bill (VIU Theatre). Michelle is From Nanaimo, BC and a graduate of Vancouver Island University where she studied Theatre and Creative Writing.
Rhonda Mottle (Costume Design)
WITH ACT: Arden of Faversham (ASM) ELSEWHERE: Spamelot, Legally Blonde, Gypsy, My Fair Lady, Footloose (FRC), Willy Wonka, Richard Scarry`s Busytown, Peter Pan, Shrek, Les Miserable (Storybook Theatre), Miss Saigon, Titanic (University Operetta). OF INTEREST: When not in or around the theatre she is sharing her life with husband, Bruce, three children: David, Megan & Brian, extended family, and friends. She's always ready to go out for coffee, shopping…?!!
Elayne Fischer (Costume Assistant)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: Titanic, Seussical (University Operetta), Ruddigore (Morpheus Theatre), Willy Wonka (Storybook Theatre), Catch Me if You Can (FRC). OF INTEREST: When Elayne isn’t sewing or caring for numerous friends and family, she keeps fit playing pickle ball several times a week.
Aidan Lytton (Sound Design)
WITH ACT: Fat Pig, Boiler Room Suite, Shape of a Girl, The Apple Kingdom. ELSEWHERE: Liar, Before the Night Takes Us (Theatre BSMT), Shortcut to Nirvana (Swallow a Bicycle), The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Ghost River Theatre, ATP), A Beautiful View, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Sage Theatre), Heart of Darkness (Theatre Encounter). OF INTEREST: Music production, composition, guitar, improvisation, and just plain gettin' funky!
Erik Hope (Set Design, Executive Producer)
WITH ACT: The Vibrator Play, The Goat (or) Who is Sylvia, Almost Maine, The Lonely Soldier Monologues. OF INTEREST: Erik is ACT`s resident set builder, going all the way back to our inaugural production of The Lonely Soldier Monologues where he created for us near indestructible benches which served again in our production of Almost, Maine. He worked on Hanne Loosen's first design for ACT, Spring Awakening, and was essential in bringing her vision into the realm of reality for The Goat.
Mikee Ames (Props & Set Dec.)
WITH ACT: Diary of Anne Frank. ELSEWHERE: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, Urinetown, Young Frankenstein, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Gypsy (FRC), Les Miserables, Big, Last Five Years, Camp Rock, White Christmas (Storybook Theatre), Diary of Anne Frank, The Odd Couple (Morpheus Theatre). OF INTEREST: This is Mikee's first show with Artists Collective Theatre but she is pleased to be working with many familiar faces as well as several new faces. She would like to send love to GR, RA & JPP, DR, MS and the good people of GHCALLP.
Jan Francis (Props Assistant)
WITH ACT: Arden of Faversham. ELSEWHERE: Amadeus, Alice in Wonderland, Once a Catholic, My Mother Said I Never Should, Sergeant Musgrave's Dance, Sinbad the Sailor (Doncaster Rep). OF INTEREST: Artist, avid gardener and lover of all things historical.