For Immediate Release: April 22, 2014
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
GLENVILLE, WV—Rehearsal is underway at Glenville State College for a production of ‘The Annex.’ The play is an adaptation of the Anne Frank story and is a combined effort of the GSC Theatre Group, the GSC Fine Arts Department, and the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honorary.
“This play tells the story of the people, the Franks, the Van Pels, and Fritz Pfeffer in a way that has never been seen before. It includes characters who have never been seen in previous adaptations,” said GSC Professor of Communications and Theatre Director Denis Wemm. “Everyone thinks they know the story, but this will be a very new, balanced view of what happened to all the people in hiding,” he added.
The student cast includes: GSC freshman general studies major Matthew Goins from Arnett (Raleigh County), West Virginia as Otto Frank; GSC sophmore natural resource management major Brittany Robinson from Mabie (Randolph County), West Virginia as Margo Frank; GSC senior psychology major Jamie Stanley from Point Pleasant (Manson County), West Virginia as Aguste Van Pells; GSC sophmore biology major Vincent Nolte from Buckannon (Upshur County), West Virginia as Peper Van Pels; GSC senior math education major Samantha Wolford from Buckannon (Upshur County), West Virginia as Miep Gies; GSC sophomore natural resource management major Andrew Anderson from Mount Lookout (Nicholas County), West Virginia as Jan Gies; GSC sophomore history and political science major Tyler Fortney from Elkins (Randolph County), West Virginia as Victor Kugler; GSC senior criminal justice major Cory Elliott from Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia as Johannes Kleiman; GSC freshman art major Neysa Brown from Alum Bridge (Lewis County), West Virginia as Elisabeth ‘Bep’ Voskuijl; GSC freshman chemistry major Kyle McDougal from Sissonville (Kanawha County), West Virginia as Gestapo man #1; GSC freshman forest technology major Cody Mullens from Calvin (Nicholas County), West Virginia as Gestapo man #2; GSC junior natural resource management major Andrew Mattox from Pineville (Wyoming County), West Virginia as prison guard #1; and GSC sophomore social studies education major Jacob Yocum from Elkins (Randolph County), West Virginia as prison guard #2.
Additional cast members include: GSC Hidden Promise Coordinator Whitney Stalnaker from Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia as Edith Frank; GSC alumna Rose Johnson from Charleston (Kanawha County), West Virginia as Anne Frank; local resident Patrick Montgomery from Sand Fork (Gilmer County), West Virginia as Hermann Van Pels; and local resident Justin Blankenship from Normantown (Gilmer County), West Virginia as Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Pfeffer.
‘The Annex’ was written by Stalnaker, Montgomery, and Stanley.
Production staff includes: GSC freshman criminal justice major Traci Kelly from Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia; GSC senior natural resource management major Brittany Ferguson from Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia; GSC Dining Services Office Manager and GSC alumna ’83 Lois Miller from Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia; GSC sophomore psychology major Allegra Reid-Davis from Salem (Harrison County), West Virginia; GSC freshman English education major (5-adult) major Mary Lewis from Harpers Ferry (Jefferson County), West Virginia; and GSC senior Spanish education major Lindsay Morgan from Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia.
“This is a completely new play in three acts. The first introduces the families and the situation, the second shows the wear that occurs on the human beings left in storage for two years. After the families are arrested, the story then follows them through the horrors of the concentration camps in act three,” said Wemm.
The Annex will be presented in the GSC Fine Arts Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30th through Friday, May 2nd. Admission will be free for Glenville State College students. There will be a charge of $2.00 for other students and $5.00 for general admission.
In addition to the play, Alpha Psi Omega members will also be presenting an exhibit from the Anne Frank Center USA titled ‘Anne Frank: A History for Today.’ This exhibit will be on display in the GSC Fine Arts Spears Gallery from Monday, April 28th until Friday, May 2nd. Guided tours will be available during the day and prior to as well as after the performances.
For more information regarding GSC Theatre, ‘The Annex’, or the Anne Frank Exhibit, contact Wemm at Dennis.Wemm@Glenville.edu or (304) 462-6323.