PHOTO: RBR Theatre presents the Diary of Anne Frank on Nov 29 through Dec 2. Pictured above are the student actors portraying the Frank family. They are: Charlotte “Charley” Novara (Anne), Little Silver; Peter Deverin (Otto Frank), Little Silver; Gillian Andresen (Edith Frank), Oceanport; and Penny Hill (Margot Frank), Little Silver.
Dedication of Theatre on Dec 2 to Beloved RBR VPA Teacher and Director Joseph Russo
Little Silver: The Red Bank Regional (RBR) Theatre Company will present The Diary of Anne Frank from November 29 through December 2. The play’s leading roles of the Frank Family are portrayed by Charlotte “Charley” Novara (Anne), Little Silver; Peter Deverin (Otto Frank), Little Silver; Gillian Andresen (Edith Frank), Oceanport; and Penny Hill (Margot Frank), Little Silver. The play was originally adapted for the stage in 1955 by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett. This performance reflects the re-adaption of Wendy Kesselman in 1997.
In preparation for this powerful play, the actors did historic research of the World War II period and the Holocaust. Additionally, the VPA department arranged for a speaker from the NYC Holocaust Museum to visit with the actors.
Pictured RBR beloved drama teacher and director Joseph Russo with his students at the Basie awards where he was honored for 32 years of dedication to theatre education. Following its Dec 2nd Sunday matinee of Anne Frank, RBR will hold a naming dedication of its theatre in his honor. Mr. Russo passed away in May 2018 leaving a legacy of adoring students whose lives he positively impacted forever.
A very special presentation will take place following the Sunday matinee with the dedication of the RBR Theatre to its iconic and beloved drama teacher and director Joseph Russo who passed away last year. Mr. Russo enjoyed a 32- year career at RBR and was a founding member of the Visual & Performing Arts Department. He was honored at the 2015 Basie Awards with the Basie Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts Education, among many other accolades.