I finished working on TIP‘s production of The Diary of Anne Frank on Sunday night. I feel a little lost without the show as it took over my life, particularly during the last couple of weeks. Although I have been involved in other shows this was the first time I got to see every aspect of putting together a production. There is a surprising amount of work involved and whilst I have been thinking of directing I’m a little daunted by just how many things a director is expected to do.
As well as assisting the director I got to paint the set, sew, knit, crochet, sing, waltz, and help make props. I was fascinated by the props. Some of the things on set look so life-like yet I know that they were put together with things like plastic garbage bins and old food cartons. I loved the set. There is something magical about seeing it come to life on a blank stage.
I’m incredibly glad that I was given the opportunity to work on the production. I worked with an experienced director, Jonah Hagans, who was willing to teach and put up with my lack of experience. I worked with so many people including sound and lighting experts, a Tony nominated set designer, the most supportive theatre liaison, and a stage manager who has become a friend. The cast were amazing at telling the story and still managed to bring me to tears during performances even though I had seen every rehearsal. It is a story worth telling and I believe we told it well.
“It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart.”
Anne Frank – The Diary of Anne Frank