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Anne Frank, Helen Keller come back to life on Hillview Drama stage


Hillview students will stage "The Miracle Worker" and "The Diary of Anne Frank" beginning on Thursday, Nov. 7. The dramas tell the stories of two girls who are now legends renowned for their heroism and resilience in the face of adversity: Helen Keller and Anne Frank.

In the 1880s, Helen Keller falls ill and loses her sight, hearing, speech and ability to connect. The play follows her relationship with Anne Sullivan, a teacher who introduces Helen to education and activism.

About 60 years later, German Jewish teenager Anne Frank keeps a diary of her experience hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War II.

Both girls journey through adversity and emerge as lasting symbols of strength and resilience, according to a press release from the school.

"I like that Anne and Helen are real and that they're women," said Director Bill Hairston in a prepared statement. "Both are extraordinary examples of the best that humans can be under unbelievable circumstances."

Each play is about an hour long. There will be an intermission between the two stage works.

The show runs Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors; and $12, general admission. Shows are staged at the Hillview Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park.

Tickets are on sale at here.


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