2007-02-15 / Upcoming Events

Get your tickets now for "Yours, Anne"

By Mary S. Wright, Artistic Director, JCT

It is clear that with only a few weeks left until the Jamestown Community Theatre's production of "Yours, Anne" that we have an extraordinary show coming up in March. The music by Michael Cohen with the libretto written by Enid Futterman is based on the book "Anne Frank, the Diary of a Young Girl" and the stage play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.

As artistic director of JCT and the director of "Yours, Anne," I strongly urge you to see this show. Although the subject of the play certainly is undeniably tragic, Anne's inspirational message is communicated powerfully through the script and the music. With many compelling journal entries from Anne's diary appropriately placed within the script, the play conveys Anne's message of optimism, hope, and celebration of life.

Many have asked if "Yours, Anne" is appropriate for children. If your child is old enough to grasp even a small portion of this play, "Yours Anne" has a valuable message that is important to hear, to learn, to understand, and to follow in life. In fact, I feel it is the most moral and valuable lesson one can learn. The story, however, does deal with a frightening time in history, and although humorous at times, the script is powerful; therefore audience members must be mature enough to understand that complete attention to the play is needed, so that the actors and the audience can remain focused.

As far as older children and teens, I feel that it is imperative that they see "Yours, Anne," because it is valuable for them to recognize that the Holocaust and other atrocities are real, not just films playing at the local movie theater.

After a discussion I had with my fifth-grade students at Rocky Hill School to prepare them for "Yours, Anne," one boy verbalized that he really liked the story, but he would like it much more if it was fiction, not non-fiction. Even at 10 years old, I am confident that he is ready to see the play.

We need to pay attention and remember Anne's words; we must live our lives with respect for her and for all people in the past and the present, who have been and are treated heartlessly. For this is what Anne would have wanted us to do.

I am not going to give you any more reasons why you should see this play; I think you already know them.

"Yours, Anne" is a Jamestown Community Theatre production, but it will be performed at Central Baptist Church. Dates for the first weekend of the show are Friday, March 2, Saturday, March 3, both at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 4, at 4 p.m. The second weekend performances are Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, at 4 p.m. Dress rehearsal on Thursday, March 1, is free to seniors, 65 and older, and students. Seniors must pick up their free tickets at a designated time at the Senior Center. Free student tickets for dress rehearsal can be picked up from Melissa Minto at the Teen Center, also at a designated time, or by e-mailing me, Mary Wright, at ms.wright@mac.com. Tickets for other performances are available for purchase at Baker's Pharmacy, Conanicut Marine Store, and the Secret Garden in Jamestown, at Pleasant Surprise in Newport, and at Midnight Sun in Wickford. Please do not wait until the last minute to buy tickets. There are fewer seats at this location, so we predict a sell-out.

Join us at "Yours, Anne." Maybe it is time for all of us to consider the importance of peace.

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