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tlc's spring opener features 15-year-old in lead role
theatre louisiana college opens its spring season Thursday, Jan. 24 with "The Diary of Anne Frank." Based on the book, "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl," the production recounts the trials faced by the Frank and Van Daan families during Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
In performing "The Diary of Anne Frank," tlc brings together the talent of the school’s theater department with others in the community. The production features 15-year-old Pineville High School student Jordan McCorvey in the lead role of Anne Frank.
McCorvey has played multiple roles in other community theater productions including "Annie," "Willy Wonka" and "School House Rock Live," but tlc’s stage holds a special place for the young actress. Her first theater performance was for tlc in "Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." Now, two years and several shows behind her, McCorvey is back where it all began for her.
”This is my first character-name-in-the-title big ordeal, so it is really exciting,” McCorvey said.
In addition to it being her first lead role, McCorvey has other reasons why playing Anne is particularly challenging.
“This is different just because it’s a real person and this person actually went through trial and tribulation and horror while other roles were pretty much all make believe where you could do what you want with it,” McCorvey said. “This one, I try to really portray Anne Frank and how things really happened to her… it’s really about living up to something.”
For McCorvey, the role meant endless hours of studying to get into her character’s shoes. Even before auditioning, McCorvey felt a certain level of responsibility in portraying Anne.
“My mom was a sub for a history class, and they went over the Holocaust, and I remember going back and watching all those videos she had put together to just kind of fathom what Anne was afraid of and what she eventually went through,” McCorvey said. “Before auditions, I read the script, I read books on her, I watched the movie like three or four times just to get a good idea of what this girl was like and what she had to go through. “
According to "Diary" Director Dr. Debrah Richardson, McCorvey’s hard work and dedication shines through in performances she has been delivering in rehearsals.
“She has the personality to be an actress in a musical," Richardson said. "It’s very big, and for this show she’s had to pull in and be a little more reflective and she has just nailed it."
For those coming to see the adaptation of the beloved autobiography come to life on stage, McCorvey’s advice is to come prepared for reality.
“It’s just so realistic… there were moments during rehearsal where it was just chills down your spine,” McCorvey said. “Come prepared, bring your tissues, it’s going to be amazing. Something that no one wants to miss.”
Showings for "The Diary of Anne Frank" begin this Thursday, Jan. 24 and run nightly at 7 p.m. through Jan. 26 and again the following week, Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. tlc will also offer matinee showings at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 and again the following Sunday, Feb. 3.
Tickets are on sale now and are $5 for LC faculty, staff and students. Dinner tickets are available for Jan. 26 and the Friday and Saturday showings Feb. 1 and 2. Dinner tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 for LC faculty and students. Non-dinner tickets are available for all showings for $12 for the general public.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact tlc at (318) 487-7227.
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