HAYSVILLE: Play combines video, live action to depict Holocaust era

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By Sam Jack

sjack@tsnews.com

The Campus High School Mane Stage theatre company will present “And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

The play, written by James Still, combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss with live actors who recreate scenes from their lives during World War II.

Silverberg, depicted as a young man by Clayton Norris, was Anne Frank’s first boyfriend, and Frank wrote about him in her famous diary.

Schloss, played on stage by Jodie Hampton, was the same age as Anne Frank and lived in the same Amsterdam apartment building. Like Frank’s family, her family went into hiding, but unlike Frank, Schloss survived.

Campus Spanish teacher Jonathan Melugin, who is directing the production, said the students have been inspired by the powerful subject matter.

“They have done some research, and they have really done a great job of prepping,” he said. “Our student director, Vic Oquendo is doing an amazing job, too. I really think we’re going to nail this.”

The cast was already doing run-throughs of the whole play, without stopping, more than a week before opening night, Melugin said.

“The technology, including the parts where the cast intermingles with the video, is working hand in hand,” Melugin said.

In addition to Norris and Hampton, the cast includes Paris Jones as Anne Frank, Jack Worrell as Ed’s father, Grace Leroy as Ed’s mother, Christian (Roger) Smith as Heinz, Corey Evans as Pappy, Carlie Hurtt as Mutti and Ethan Hays as a Nazi youth. Campus drama teacher Roxana Stitt is technical director, and the stage manager is Em Delaney.