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UCHS Drama Department: And then they came for me.

by Keeli Parkey
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Ambitious mixed-media production explores dark era

Unicoi County High School’s drama department is taking a step into history with its production of James Still’s play “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” the story of Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Geiringer-Schloss. The production, which is directed by drama teacher Lori Ann Wright, is performed by students enrolled in Wright’s Drama III class.
The department will present its final performance of the play Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of UCHS. “And Then They Came for Me” is narrated by Nathan Farnor and Jackie Cordes, who play adult versions of Ed and Eva. The older versions of Ed and Eva provide narration for flashback scenes of their younger selves, their families and Anne Frank. “This show is a mixed-media production that involves a series of fl ashback scenes,” Wright notes in the show’s program. “On one side of the stage you have the older survivors telling the story of their early lives and the center stage is used as a realm of memory where the story is reenacted. It is through flashback scenes that my students hope to honor and respect the survivors of this dark era of history.”

Using technology as part of a drama production has been limited in the past, Wright said.

For the remainder of this article please pick up the April 24, 2012 edition of The Erwin Record.