Langley resident Keenan Marchand plays Peter Van Daan in the TWU performance of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Langley’s TWU stages Diary of Anne Frank

Playing a historical figure is rewarding for Langley’s Keenan Marchand.

Those who have seen The Diary of Anne Frank know the holocaust account of a teen-aged girl is filled with many emotions including sadness and joy.

Trinity Western University stages the hope-filled, prize-winning play until Nov. 7.

It is a story based on Anne Frank’s diary, which was recovered by her father after the Second World War. The detailed account of Anne’s thoughts and feelings was turned into a play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett – one that still resonates with audiences today.

Like most coming-of-age stories, there is a certain element of romance and Anne’s limited selection was Peter Van Daan, played by Keenan Marchand in the TWU performance.

“I like how there’s lots of different depths to him,” Marchand said of his first time playing a historical figure. “There’s lots going on and you can occupy his silence.”

Peter was one of the eight Jews in hiding in the secret space at the business Anne’s father owned and ran. While hidden away, Anne turns to her diary to express her thoughts, some of which include Peter.

“With a real person you have to honour them,” noted Marchand. “It’s a lot more daunting, but very humbling and rewarding as well.”

Narrations from Anne’s diary run through the play. Her struggles through fear to understanding and compassion are likely to be recognized by audience members.

Marchand, Langley born and raised, plans to pursue acting as a career and said simply, “I’m going for it.”

See the young actor’s performance and revel in the human spirit at TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday or 2 p.m. at Saturday matinées until Nov. 7.

For tickets and information, visit www.twu.ca/theatre or call 604.513.2121, extension 3872.

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