Students deserve support of efforts in producing Holocaust play
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." So said George Santayana.
Schools teach history at every grade level. Television has the history channel. Documentaries abound. People know the study of history is important to who we are and who we will become, where we've been and where we're going.
Students in Bradshaw Mountain High School's Drama 3 & 4 class studied history intensively to ready themselves for their roles in "Anne Frank & Me." The actors will present the drama this Friday and Saturday at the Glassford Hill Middle School auditorium.
The play is about a modern teenager whose parents have taught her the Holocaust is an elaborate hoax. A series of events transports her to the past where she confronts the truth when she meets Anne Frank face to face.
The actors met with Rabbi Berkowitz from Temple B'Rith Shalom in Prescott to learn more about Jewish religious traditions and the Hebrew language. Concentration camp survivor Jack Markus spoke with the cast about his horrific experiences.
Bradshaw Mountain Theatrical Troupe director Laura LaChappelle said "Anne Frank & Me" is the most powerful production the troupe has ever undertaken.
"We feel strongly that this play is truly an example of the power of theatre to teach and to touch hearts," LaChappelle said. "The actors have unanimously agreed that it relates to modern teenagers more than anything they've ever done."
Bradshaw's Chamber Choir also learned about the Holocaust to bring feeling to their musical offering, "Inscription of Hope." The Choir performs the song after the play. An unknown, but hope-filled person inscribed the song's words on a cellar wall in Germany, where Jews were hiding from the Nazis during World War II.
Again, by relating the past to the present, we learn from it.
We can show our students how strongly we feel about the Holocaust by honoring the work they have undertaken to learn about it, and attending "Anne Frank and Me."
Let's make sure this part of history doesn't repeat itself.