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Mamaroneck School Play Adapts Story of Anne Frank

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Alicia Meglio had only performed in short plays, but this weekend she starred in the PACE program's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" at Mamaroneck High School.

Meglio, 17, didn't know what the play was going to be until October. When she was tapped to play Anne Frank, along with Veronica Sadler, she was surprised and excited.

"I've only ever performed in 15-minute plays," Meglio said. "These are the first monologues I've ever performed."

Meglio performed Thursday and Saturday night, while Sadler performed Wednesday and Friday night.

"We had an incredible reception," said Zachary Moore, theatre teacher and director. "We actually had a few holocaust survivors in the audience, who were wonderful afterwards. They really appreciated the show. And that was a moment, for me, that was absolutely astounding, and sort of reinforced why you do plays like this that deal with concepts like this."

Moore's production draws from a new adaption on the timeless story, which was done on Broadway in 1998. "It still uses language from the old adaptation, but it includes more sections from the diary itself," he said.

Between 40 and 50 students worked on the show, including 16 in the cast, Moore said. It was Moore's first chance to direct a theatre-only show since coming on board this past September to replace a retiring John Fredrickson.

"It's been an incredible experience," Moore said. "The students have been absolutely remarkable to work with. It' been absolutely incredible to see them grow throughout this process. I don't think I could have had a better show experience than I've had with this one."

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