Parents Association & Parents Council
The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.
The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.
Parents Bulletin Board
Durham Academy Upper School is thrilled to present its upcoming fall production, The Diary of Anne Frank, from Oct. 25 to 27. The play, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and adapted in 1997 by Wendy Kesselman, is a powerful adaptation based on the diary written by Anne Frank when she and seven others were hiding from the Nazis during the German occupation of Amsterdam in World War II.
As described by licensing house Dramatists Play Service, “Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence — their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne's voice shines through: ‘When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!’”
"Undeniably moving. It shatters the heart. The evening never lets us forget the inhuman darkness waiting to claim its incandescently human heroine."
— The New York Times
"An extraordinary theatrical adventure! Go and remember."
— The New York Post
"…new DIARY is chillingly honest about the Holocaust. Wendy Kesselman's work has restored the terror."
— The New York Daily News
"Wendy Kesselman's finely textured new Diary tells a deeper story. A sensitive, stirring and thoroughly engaging new adaptation."
— New York Newsday
"A powerful new version that moves the audience to gasp, then tears."
— Associated Press
"One of the year's ten best."
— Time Magazine
Performances will be held in Kenan Auditorium at the Upper School on Thursday, Oct. 25, Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are performed without an intermission. Running time is just under two hours. Audiences are strongly encouraged to arrive early to see the immersive lobby exhibit, designed by students, that considers what life may have been like for the Frank family before they went into hiding.
Admission, as always, is free, but tickets can be reserved online here. The show is not rated, but some parents may consider the subject matter too intense for young children.
The Diary of Anne Frank brings together the talents of more than 50 Upper School students with direction by James Bohanek and technical direction/scenic design by Jake Kavanagh. Joining them are guest artists Andy Parks (lighting designer) and Melanie Cook (costume designer). The student production team includes assistant director Nechama Huba, stage manager Katie Cunneen and assistant stage managers Ellen Cochran and Franny Cochran.
The cast features Joanna Brooke, Ben Browner, Chris Burkhard, Sarah Farrin, Emily Holmes, Yaakov Huba, Macon Hubert, Sarah Kim, Benny Klein, Lena Maghraoui, Colby Preston, Nathan Salley and Oliviero Zanalda.
The tech crew includes Cal Baker, Annie Brooks, Sierra Brown, Zach Brown, Olivia Chilkoti, Charlie Dvergsten, Izzi Gershon, Julianna Hallyburton, Kaitlyn Kushner, Emily Norry, Cristina Pastor-Valverde, Miguel Pereira, Isabelle Pierson, Julia Phu, Colby Preston, Emma Rossilli, Nathan Salley, Andria Shafer, Jacob Simms, Neha Srivats, Kiran Sundar, Meghan Tarpey, Nik Walling, Nicolas Williams and Oliviero Zanalda.
The exhibit lobby was created by Caroline Aldridge, Nechama Huba, Luci Jones, Esme Longley, Andria Shafer, Kiran Sundar and Camille Zehner. The project was supervised by Katherine Spruill. Rob Policelli served as historical consultant for the exhibit.
Kavanagh’s Technical Theatre class includes Brooke Adams, Jenifer Aguilar, Mukta Dharmapurikar, Sean Donahue, Brooke Epstein, Cohen French, Izzi Gershon, Julianna Hallyburton, Kaitlyn Kushner, John Kutney, Jackson Niedel, Will Scurria, Tate Staples, Ben Taylor and Nicolas Williams.
Come on out to Kenan Auditorium at Durham Academy Upper School from Oct. 25–27 to see this historically resonant and emotionally gripping production. See you at the theater!