Review: Teens presenting a superb version of “The Diary of Anne Frank”

Diary of Anne Frank Hagerty High

The Hagerty High School Purebred Productions just did a superb production of the Holocaust drama “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

OVIEDO — There’s a tendency among us “serious” community theater folks to shun high school productions, perhaps with the mistaken impression that it’s going to be something quaint, thoroughly unprofessional, and valued mainly by parents cheering on their teens. You know how us highbrow types don’t have time for that.

High school theater departments would no doubt beg to differ, and insist that with dedicated drama teachers and students who have developed a passion for acting and delivering a powerful story to the audience, they’re just as capable as any professional theater company of doing extraordinarily good work.

Hey, and guess what — they’re right.

A striking example of that goes to the theater department at Hagerty High School, where their PureBred Productions team of director Trevor Southworth and his very gifted student performers spent this weekend delivering a searing production of the Holocaust drama “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Performed in the Hagerty High auditorium, the vast stage lent itself quite well to the set design of the Amsterdam attic where Anne Frank and her family hid with other fleeing Jews from the Nazis. The set included multiple rooms and even the stairs leading to the roof, where the kids could spend some time away from the adults. Continue reading

Don’t toss your electronics in the garbage, strive for e-recycling

used electronics

Your old cell phones might look like junk, but don’t jump to that conclusion.

ORLANDO — Here’s a great tip: if you have an old laptop that no longer works, don’t throw it out.

In fact, the worst thing any of us can do is toss those aged electronics in with our regular trash, and let it end up in our community landfills.

Why? Well, it’s a sure way to create serious threats to the environment.

Recycling your used laptop is a much better idea. For one thing, you can we turn your used electronics into cash by recycling them. Electronic recycling firms can help you in another way: they can go a step further and help you remove any sensitive data from your old laptop. That includes passwords and any other private information stored on there.

Now, here’s another tip: even before you reach that stage, think about salvaging some of the parts inside your laptop. Just because it no longer works as your personal computer doesn’t mean your laptop no longer contains plenty of individual parts that still have value.

And those parts can be salvaged as well. Continue reading

Kristallnacht remembrance becomes a Readers Theater

"Lonely Woman" is a painting by Nadia Werbitzky, part of an exhibition of her work on display at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center in Maitland.

“Lonely Woman” is a painting by Nadia Werbitzky, part of an exhibition of her work on display at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center in Maitland.


MAITLAND — History can be vividly recreated for younger generations, through literature, live theater, and paintings that capture everything from the joys and triumphs to the horrific traumas of the past.
Literature, theater and art all came together on Sunday at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland, principally through the artwork of Nadia Werbitzky and the writings of her mother, Teodora Verbitskya.
Just as remarkable as the history that Nadia and her mother endured, though, was the story behind the exhibition at the Holocaust Center, and how the center was able to find, and restore, some of Nadia’s key paintings that were close to being lost forever.
On Sunday, the Holocaust Center presented a special Readers Theater called “Two Regimes,” as four actors read from the manuscript that became the book “Two Regimes -A Mother’s Memoir of Wartime Survival”. The book is the memoirs of Teodora Verbitskya and her young daughters, Nadia and Lucy, and their lives in Russia from the 1920s, as the Bolshevik Revolution was becoming an iron-grip dictatorship under Joseph Stalin, through the 1940s, when Germany invaded the Soviet Union in an attempt to make it part of Hitler’s Nazi regime.
The occasion was the Holocaust Center’s annual commemoration of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom in Germany on Nov. 9-10, 1938. Continue reading

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