‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Features Mixed Cast of Upper, Lower Classmen

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 20, 2004 — The upcoming production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Southeast Missouri State University will feature a young cast, peppered with upperclassmen, which will bring a great freshness and energy to the show.

Jessica Loos, a 2004 graduate of Jackson High School who is majoring in theatre education, will be playing Miep Gies, a woman who helped the Frank and Van Daan Families by providing them with food and supplies during their period of hiding.

Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan will be played by Tim Nicolai and Erin Bailey, respectively. Nicolai is a seasoned senior at Southeast who graduated from Jackson High School in 2000 and has appeared in varied and numerous roles on the Rose Theatre stage. Bailey, a 2004 graduate of Affton High School in St. Louis, will be making her first appearance for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Peter Van Daan, the young son of the Van Daan’s, will be portrayed by Trevor Kettlekamp, a sophomore and math education major at Southeast, who also graduated from Affton High School.

Christy Pelikan will play Mrs. Frank. Pelikan is a 2004 graduate of Jackson High School who is majoring in accounting and theatre management. Matt Heckemeyer, a non-traditional upperclassman and former professional soldier, will play Mr. Frank, Anne’s father. Margot Frank, Anne’s older sister, will be portrayed by Elizabeth Mainord, who graduated in 2003 from Kelly High School in Benton. Katie Jenkins, a freshman from Jackson, will be playing young Anne.

Kraler, the businessman who works downstairs and aids the families in their survival, will be played by Nicholas Cutelli, a junior at Southeast who majors in acting and directing. Finally, the part of Mr. Dussel, the bachelor who moves in with the Van Daan and Frank families, will be played by Larry Lozier, Jr., a freshman from Perryville majoring in theatre.

“The Diary of Anne Frank” will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 1-2, at 8 p.m. Oct. 7-9 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 10. There also will also be a weekday matinee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $9 for faculty, staff, and senior citizens; and $8 for students of all ages. Discounts are available in advance only through the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265. All tickets will be the $10 price the day of the show.