Community play brings tears to whole house

Pit and Balcony Diary of Anne Frank

By Jessica Sierocki, co-editor-in-chief

“The Diary of Anne Frank” made its way to Pit and Balcony’s stage as the first show of 2018. I went into the play with high expectations, which were soon surpassed as soon as the cast members set foot on stage.

The first thing I noticed when walking into the theater was the set design. Ripped wallpaper and mismatched furniture greeted my eyes. Knitted afghans, different-sized beds and even a stove that glowed red with coals were all a part of the elaborate scene that appeared cramped, much like I imagine the actual Secret Annex was.

Casting couldn’t have been better. The actors’ emotions were raw. There were even times during the show that I saw real tears escape their eyes.

Kevin Profitt’s portrayal of Otto Frank was superb. His calm, cool manner helped maintain the tensions throughout the show, both from the characters onstage as well as audience members. And let me tell you, after his final scene, there wasn’t a dry eye left in the house. Jaeleen Davis brought a believable childlike innocence to Anne Frank that made the ending more soul-crushing than expected.

The rest of the cast was proof that community theaer can be anything but ameteur. Each and every actor was not simply playing their role, but they became them. Whether they were awkward, irritable or optimistic, the actors’ facial expressions and body language were very impressive and true to whom they were supposed to be.

I would recommend this show to all members in the community. This heartbreaking tale needs to be seen by all. Truly, what a show for director Danielle Katsoulos to make her directing debut at Pit and Balcony. This has been one of the most powerful and possibly the most important shows Pit and Balcony has ever put on.

Tickets for the show are $18. The following running times for the show include:

  • Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 4 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the 86th season and upcoming shows, call 989-754-6587 or visit

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Miss Davis so far exceeded the other actors

    It was as if she was the only professional actor on stage
    .she could find wotk on stage in NYC.