Published in the November 12, 2015 edition.

This fall, Theatre To Go, Inc. is proud to present a production of The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.

The memoirs of this young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years to escape the Nazi persecution, are an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of our human history. The award-winning script by Goodrich and Hackett draws from parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary, allowing us to share her experience of adolescence. Anne’s spirit and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published.

Taylor Bellavia, who plays Margot Frank, says, “I loved reading the story in school and I thought it would be amazing to be a part of such a moving piece of history.” Karen Hoff, who plays Anne’s mother Edith Frank, observes, “The fact that so many people put their own lives at stake to save the people in the annex. It overwhelms me when I think about it. Even though the topic is intense at times, there is humor and lighter moments. I hope people focus on the positive aspects of life.” “Lou Fuoco, who plays Anne’s father Otto Frank, states, “I hope audiences will appreciate the unsung heroes of this story. Miep and Mr. Kraler are seldom talked about but they risked their lives and the lives of their loved ones every day.” Laura Frustaci, who plays Anne Frank, says, “The whole show itself is an incredible experience to be a part of and watch but I think the part that will really stay with the audience is the second to last scene when the Franks, Van Daans and Mr. Dussel are discovered.” Kate Beattie who plays Mrs. Van Daan, comments, “From the joyous Hanukkah celebration to being in fear of their lives. From getting along with everyone to the huge frustration of living so closely with other people. It shows the highs and lows of just how desperate a time this was in history.”

Michael Molineaux of Melrose directs the play for TTG. The cast includes Laura Frustaci (Burlington), Lou Fuoco (Cambridge), Karen Hoff (Melrose), Taylor Bellavia (Tewksbury), Fallon Kirchner (Malden), Michael Saracco (Melrose), David Ross (Medford), Kate Beattie (Arlington), Michael Cherone (Malden), Andrew Quinney (Medford).

Performances continue Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2. Performances are at Trinity Episcopal Church in Melrose, 131 West Emerson St. There will be one 15 minute intermission. As for accessibility of the locale: five steps up, single floor to navigate with slight slope up for refreshments and restrooms.

Tickets are available online at and in Melrose at the Hourglass Gift Gallery. Tickets are $17 adult and $15 student/ seniors. For more information, please visit or on Facebook at

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.