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  • Photos by Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette The young cast of Youtheatre’s “Remembering Anne” play Anne Frank and her classmates.

  • Writer/director Gregory Stieber believes the hour-long show will display the scope of the Holocaust.

  • Homestead student Isabel Chilian stars as Anne Frank in this weekend’s production.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Sophia Bell, left, Isabel Chilian (Anne), and Emma Poor in Remembering Anne, a Youtheatre production.  VIDEO

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Rehearsal of "Remembering Anne," a Youtheatre production. 

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Corbin Veltum as Eryk, center with cap, in "Remembering Anne," a Youtheatre production. 

Thursday, February 02, 2017 10:01 pm

Remembering Anne Youtheatre

After performances confronting prejudice over race and sexual orientation, Fort Wayne Youtheatre takes on another heavy subject with "Remembering Anne" this weekend.

The Holocaust story, told through the eyes of Anne Frank and her classmates, goes beyond what audiences might know from "The Diary of Anne Frank."

"Usually, the story stops in the diary, and her story in reality did not stop," says director Gregory Stieber, who also wrote the Youtheatre production. In this play, Anne’s classmates have as big of a role as she does, whether they are brave, angry or buying into Adolf Hitler’s ideals.

The play explores "the kids that lived all around (Anne) – the Jews and the gentiles alike – what they were going through and what their reactions were to the occupation," he says. "We’re looking at all sides of it."

"Remembering Anne" is the latest in Youtheatre’s Young Heroes of Conscience Series that previously highlighted Ryan White and Ruby Bridges.

Seven adult actors will stand in the audience and narrate as 38 youths perform in the show. Stieber says it was a challenge to narrow down the focus into an hour-long performance, but he believes the final product will impress on the audience the scope of the Holocaust.

"What I want a young audience to see and be reminded of, because we cannot forget, that it was – for lack of a better term – very big," he says.

– Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette