Katelyn Katz is Anne Frank

by moxielicious

Scott 6

Starring in the title role of The Diary of Anne Frank at MOXIE is Canyon Crest Academy sophomore Katelyn Katz, whose resume is impressive for her fifteen years: She has performed at The Old Globe, San Diego Repertory Theatre, the Welk Theatre, and San Diego Musical Theatre. Most known locally for her portrayal of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird at New Village Arts, this is her first title role and first time portraying a historical figure. Katelyn answered some questions with Associate Artistic Director Callie Prendiville:

Callie: When did you first read Anne’s diary?

Katelyn: I first read Anne’s diary for a project in 8th grade.

Callie: What was your initial reaction to Anne’s voice as a writer? 

Katelyn: I think it surprised me as well as anyone else who reads Anne’s diary that Anne is so mature for her age, and so willing to stay positive and hopeful throughout her time in the Annex.

Callie: What has surprised you the most about playing Anne during the rehearsal process?

Katelyn: Something surprising about this process has been the amount of credible resources we have about Anne and her family. Not only does Anne have a diary, but Margot has a diary, there are many pictures of the family, and even Miep has a written journal about her experiences helping the Annex members.

Callie: What have been the challenges of playing Anne during the rehearsal process? 

Katelyn: Something that made this rehearsal process different and more difficult than other processes is the simple fact that I am playing a character that was a real person who existed and made an impact on the world. This has impacted everything about the character, from her relationships to her family to her thoughts about herself as a growing young woman.

Callie: What do you hope audiences take away from the production? 

Katelyn: I hope audiences leave the show seeing themselves in the characters and in the story itself. The play is filled with characters that every single person can identify with, each of them giving audiences the ability to reflect on themselves and hopefully attempt to put themselves in the positions of the characters.
Photo by Daren Scott