Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank

May 30, 31, June 1, 5, 6, 7, 2014
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Directed by Deb Whitson and Susan Jeffers

The Diary of a Young Girl (also known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was apprehended in 1944 and Anne Frank ultimately died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The diary was retrieved by Miep Gies, who gave it to Anne’s father, Otto Frank, the only known survivor of the family.

meet the directors

Deb WhitsonDeb Whitson (Director) Deb is directing for the second time for the TIP stage. Deb previously directed TIP’s Healin’ Home (2011). Deb’s performances on the TIP stage include Yearning to Breathe Free (2010), and as Clova in Mother Hicks (2009). She has directed and appeared in numerous productions at West Side Christian Church, including her favorite role, Witch Waye in The Legend of Robin Hood…Sort Of. Deb has also helped backstage with make-up, hair, and sets and directed a dinner theater show in 2008, Virgil’s Wedding. She is an RN for Memorial Home Services Hospice Program. In her spare time, she enjoys working on her improv skills and impressions, making her friends laugh, and photographing nature.

Susan JeffersSusan Jeffers (Director) Since moving back to Springfield from New York City (where she lived for more than thirty years), Susan has been honored to play various roles at the Springfield Theatre Centre, the Hoogland, Theatre in the Park, UIS, and the Legacy. Anne Frank is her first venture in directing for the theatre here in Central Illinois, and she is privileged to be working with Deb Whitson on this beautiful and tragic play. She would like to thank the TIP board for this opportunity.


Anne Frank
Margot Frank
Otto Frank
Edith Frank
Peter Van Daan
Mr. Van Daan
Mrs. Van Daan
Mr. Dussel
Mr. Kraler
Nazi Officer
2nd Man
3rd Man
Emma Shafer
Stella Cole
Al Scheider
Erica Smith
Geoffrey Datz
Terry Schoppenhorst
Deborah Kerley
Lydia Ulsaker
Dennis Frye
Bruce Davidson
W. Forrest Sterling
Connor Davidson
Austin Duffie