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Anne Frank Comes to Westlake Village Rotary

This Week’s Program: 761 Days in the Secret Annex

Jeanne Archer    Jun 20, 2012
Today our members were treated to a special vignette, a 45-minute performance by Martha Miller on the story of Anne Frank and the three families who were hidden for over two years in an attic in Amsterdam.  No words in this Flag could do justice to this program.  Members were moved as “Anne” talked to “Kitty”, describing daily life, interactions, relationship troubles, watching the seasons change, and eventually being separated from her family.  As Martha said at the beginning, “This story doesn’t end well.”

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Anne Frank…Important for Middle Schoolers

Dear Martha,

     On behalf of the entire seventh grade student body and staff of Medea Creek Middle School, I would like to thank you for your presentations of Anne Frank:  Hiding and Writing on April 18.  I am amazed that you were able to perform such dramatic material three times in a period of just a few hours; but above and beyond that, I must tell you that each presentation was perfectly beautiful.

      Having 100 seventh graders sitting together waiting for – and even listening to – a speaker often results in a lot of chatter and disruption; however, the students were utterly mesmerized by you …   we could have heard a pin drop!   You introduced Anne, you shared her life in the Annex, and then you told the story of what happened – all in the words of Anne and others who were there.   It was a remarkable 45 minutes, which I am sure our students and teachers will always remember.   The resulting questions showed their immense interest in the tale you told;  we were also grateful that you had the time to answer questions and interact with our students. 

     I hope to see you again sometime soon … perhaps at another of your upcoming performances.

     With appreciation and admiration,

    Lynn Paniz, Librarian

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After portraying Margaret Mitchell, Martha chats with Simi Valley Library attendees. 
Photo credit: Kyle Ray, The Acorn Newspapers.

After portraying Margaret Mitchell, Martha chats with Simi Valley Library attendees.

Photo credit: Kyle Ray, The Acorn Newspapers.

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Now Available…Anne Frank: Hiding and Writing

Is your organization looking for a dynamic performance about a person of historical significance? Martha is now booking Anne Frank: Hiding and Writing, a fresh and meaningful look at the story, and the significance, of this young girl’s life. 

Photo credit: Joseph Garcia, Ventura County Star

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