Kelsey Audition Notice: ‘Diary of Anne Frank’

The Pennington Players have announced auditions for their 2016 production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Here is all the information you need to know:

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  • Thursday, December 3 (7pm – 9:30pm)
  • Saturday, December 5 (1pm – 4pm)
  • Sunday, December 6 (1pm – 3pm)
    • Callbacks – As needed and by invitation only.


  • Mercer County Community College – West Windsor Campus – CM Building


  • The Pennington Players
  • Producer – Sally Page
  • Director – Judi Parrish
  • Stage Manager – Vicki Kaiser
  • Set & Sound Design – Judi Parrish
  • Lighting Design – Kitty Getlik
  • Props – Dottie Farina
  • Scenic Artist – Emily Russoniello


  • The Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
  • Friday, March 11 & 18 at 8pm
  • Saturday, March 12 & 19 at 8pm
  • Sunday, March 13 & 20 at 2pm



  • All those auditioning are asked to prepare the monologue(s) provided for the character for which you are auditioning. Memorization is not required but is strongly recommended. Other readings from the play may be provided at the time of your audition or callback, if needed.
  • Audition monologues are available on The Pennington Players’ website


In this transcendently powerful adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”


The production will be casting 10 actors: 4 adult males, 3 adult females, 2 teenage girls and 1 teenage boy. Ages represent the age of the “character.” The production will not be using accents with onstage characters. All roles are open. A description of the onstage roles is provided below.

Production is also seeking 2 to 3 men who speak fluent German to record several voice over segments. There will be no onstage commitment, with only 1-2 recording sessions anticipated. Anyone interested should email The Pennington Players and indicate your experience or education with speaking German.

  • Anne Frank: (female, teens) The youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank, Anne is a lively, curious girl of thirteen at the beginning of the play. She remains optimistic throughout the months they are in hiding and always makes the best of the situation she is in. As her diary reveals, she is very introspective and creative and has a vivid imagination. Looking for an actress who is between 13 & 17 who looks 14.
  • Otto Frank: (male, early 50’s) Anne’s polite and practical father, Mr. Frank is the head of the “attic family.” His calmness and patience are an asset in the cramped attic and a comfort to Anne, who is very close to him.
  • Edith Frank: (female, early 40’s) Anne’s reserved and nervous mother, Mrs. Frank loves Anne, but she wishes she were more proper and polite, like her sister Margot. Because of her reserved nature, Mrs. Frank and Anne are not close.
  • Margot Frank: (female, teens) Anne’s older sister, Margot is much more like her mother than Anne. She is quiet, modest, and reserved: the complete opposite of Anne. Looking for an actress who is between 15 & 18 who looks 16.
  • Putti Van Daan: (male, early 40’s) An irritable former business partner of Mr. Frank, Mr. Van Daan’s family is invited to stay in the attic with the Franks. He is selfish and openly critical of others, especially Anne.
  • Petronella Van Daan: (female, early 40’s) Mr. Van Daan’s vain and finicky wife, Mr. Van Daan prizes the material things of life, including a fur coat she brought to the attic with her. These traits all make her the center of much of the conflict in the attic.
  • Peter Van Daan: (male, teens) The son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan, Peter is a shy, quiet 16 year old boy. He soon becomes a friend and confidant for Anne, and they share first kiss together. Looking for an actor who is between 15 & 17 who looks 16.
  • Jan Dussell: (male, early 50’s) Difficult to get along with, Mr. Dussell joins the Franks and the Van Daans after they have been in hiding about two months.
  • Miep Gies: (female, mid 30’s) A very well-liked, generous secretary in Mr. Frank’s office, Miep helps to protect the families in hiding. Along with Mr. Kraler, she brings to the refugees food, supplies, and news from the outside world.
  • Mr. Kraler: (male, 40’s) A businessman who works with Miep to help protect the people in hiding, Mr. Kraler risks his life to help his friends.




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