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The Diary of Anne Frank - Cast

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The Diary of Anne Frank

Dramatized By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Based upon the book Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl
Directed by Wayne Brinda

May 5 – 13, 2018



Chelsea Bartel (Mrs. Van Daan) - Chelsea is truly honored to be a part of this production of The Diary of Anne Frank and is thrilled to be back performing with Prime Stage Theatre.  She performed here earlier this season as “Behm/Recruit” in All Quiet on the Western Front, last year as “Miss Stephanie Crawford” in To Kill a Mockingbird, and two years ago as “Clover” in Animal Farm. Favorite credits are Next to Normal (Diana Goodman), The Goodbye Girl (Paula McFadden), Billy Elliot (Mrs. Wilkinson), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Yitzhak), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti), The Addams Family (Alice Beineke).  Chelsea is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and performed in many shows with Scotch‘n Soda Theatre, including Moon Over Buffalo (Charlotte Hay).  Chelsea wishes to thank everyone who has given her a chance to shine, and like Mary Tyler Moore, “she’s gonna make it after all.”

Randy Berner (Mr. Van Daan) - Randy is really pleased to be associated with this production of The Diary of Anne Frank. This is his debut at Prime Stage. He has worked in many locations and on many shows from musicals Hello Dolly to Shakespeare Poor Yorick Players. What a treat to work with this talented group, what a terrific play and what an emotional journey. The themes presented here provide opportunities for each of us to examine the ebb and flow of history, how we relate to each other on a human, familial basis and assumptions we make. Randy is a full time Realtor with Coldwell Banker.  Following a 30 year career in radio, he’s also a Voice Actor doing commercials and radio imaging for Pastwax Radio on the G-Man Radio Network as well as an audiobook narrator. His work can be found on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

Brian Ceponis (Mr. Kraler) - Brian graduated from the University of Notre Dame and then spent most of a decade both working in the financial services industry and playing professional volleyball throughout Europe. It was during this time that he also took the initial steps to becoming an actor, landing lead roles in several productions including Our American Cousin (Asa Trenchard), Hedda Gabler (Eilert Lövborg)and Down the Road (Bill Reach) Brian moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time and spent 11 years working in film and television, adding numerous credits to his name. In 2016, he returned to the Pittsburgh stage with back-to-back appearances in Prime Stage Theatre’s productions of To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus Finch) and 1984 (O’Brien). He then appeared in the New Works Festival in Cup-A-Jo’s production of All Sales Final (Mr. Curtis) and in Pendemer Productions’ rendition of London Suite (Sidney Nichols/Dr. McMerlin). Currently, he is in production on a TV pilot series and three feature films and is thrilled to be a member of The Diary of Anne Frank cast.

Madeline Dalesio (Anne Frank) - Madeline is thrilled to be making her Prime Stage Theatre debut in this very inspiring and moving production. Madeline began performing at just eighteen months old singing a solo in front of a church audience and has been performing ever since. You may have seen Madeline on stage with Little Lake Theatre Company, Cup-A-Jo Productions, Old School House Players, Washington Community Theatre or in Pittsburgh CLO’s production of Gypsy. Madeline has appeared in numerous plays, musicals, videos, and commercials. Madeline plays Janet Brooks in the upcoming feature film The Great One. A few of her favorite roles are Young Elizabeth in The Audience, Lydia in A Surprise for Lydia, Kacey in Unhinged and Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker where she was inspired and lives by a quote from Helen Keller; “All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” Madeline has loved the story of Anne Frank ever since reading about her life when she was younger. She is deeply humbled and honored to be a small part of Anne Frank’s story of Hope!

April Daras (Edith Frank) – April is pleased to join Prime Stage for this production of The Diary of Anne Frank. A relative newcomer to the stages of Pittsburgh, Ms. Daras’s prior credits include Sebastian in The Tempest at IUP’s Theatre-By-The-Grove (Indiana, PA), Eleanor in The Middle Ages at Miami’s New Theatre; Anna in Burn This at Fort Lauderdale Public Theatre, Honey in two unique productions of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Elena in Giorgio at Florida Playwright’s Theatre, and Christine in Picnic at Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton, FL. A member of Pittsburgh Playback Theatre, as well as T.O. Pittsburgh, April is committed to creating a better world through theatre. She has directed more than 35 play and musicals and is enjoying her second year as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Point Park University's Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

Heather Irwin (Miep Gies) - Heather is delighted to be part of Prime Stage’s season. She has recently performed as part of the Ensemble for 2017 Young Playwrights Festival at City Theatre and in 12 Peer’s Mythburgh Season 2. Chicago credits include Heddatron and Strangerland (Sideshow Theatre Co), The Lady’s Not For Burning and Private Eyes (NEIU Center Stage) and Night Caps (Lincoln Square Theater). She has performed in two national tours with The Hampstead Stage Company (Barnstead NH). Heather is the Assistant Producer and Community Coordinator for Hiawatha Project, and was part of the production team for JH: Mechanics of a Legend at the August Wilson Center in February 2017. Heather is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she received a BA in Theater and English Literature. She has also worked in administrative roles for the Chicago Humanities Festival (Chicago, IL) and Sideshow Theatre Company (Chicago, IL), City Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA), and Porthouse Theatre (Kent, OH).

Gabrielle Kogut (Margot) – Gabrielle is thrilled to make her Prime Stage debut in The Diary of Anne Frank. As a young Jewish woman, she is deeply honored to help tell this forever-important story. Gabrielle is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in theatre arts and communication science and disorders. Past credits include Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (Fluidity Theatre & South Hills Players), Candy in Candy and Shelley Go to the Desert (Hambone’s Theater Co.), Mrs. Webb in Our Town, Fiona in Baltimore, Lynn in Water Eyes, and Valentina in The Bay at Nice (University of Pittsburgh Stages). She would like to thank her family for their endless love and support, as well as the whole Prime Stage team for actively reminding us of a history that we should never, ever forget.

Mike Perry (Otto Frank) Mike has performed in a variety of venues, since he was knee high to a unicycle: as a circus clown with The Greatest Show on Earth, as an educational entertainer in schools throughout the tri-state area and with The Pittsburgh Savoyards, as KoKoin The Mikado, and the Police Sergeantin The Pirates of Penzance. A storyteller at heart, he can be found telling tales at libraries, festivals, schools and corporate functions, in the Pittsburgh region. Appearing at The Pittsburgh Storytelling Festival, The Ellwood City Storytelling Festival, Hagerstown’s “Stories in the Round” and Pittsburgh’s annual Tellabration.He’s taught the craft of storytelling at The Allegheny Intermediate Unit, The University of Pittsburgh’s OSHER program and guest lectured The University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University.

George Saulnier (Alfred Dussel) - George makes his third appearance in for Prime Stage since moving to Pittsburgh six years ago, with roles in The Turn of the Screw and The Crucible. He has been acting professionally for 30 years. He studied at Emerson College, Trinity Rep Conservatory, Shakespeare & Co., and Harvard University. Favorite roles include Mason Marzac in Take Me Out, Hamm in Endgame, Krapp in Krapp’s Last Tape, and George in Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Since coming to Pittsburgh, George has worked for South Park Theater, Prime Stage, Cup O’ Jo Productions, Throughline Theatre, and Stage Right in whose production of Once Upon a Mattress Store, George won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor. He will be appearing in Hay Fever for the Little Lake Theatre this summer and Uncle Vanya, as the titular character in The Cutting Ball’s production this fall in San Francisco.

Somerset Young (Peter Van Daan) - Somerset is honored to be making his professional debut as Peter Van Daan. A Junior BFA Acting Major at Point Park University, he has appeared in several shows since his training’s continuation in Pittsburgh. Notable roles include Billy Hollarcut in The Sea, and the Narrator in The Gift of the Magi /em>with Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company, as well as Jasper in The Aliens, and Tim in SubUrbia, with Pinnacle Productions. Somerset is grateful to have been given the chance to work with Prime Stage on The Diary of Anne Frank as it has been an incredible learning opportunity for him and the cast in general. He hopes you enjoy this production and ultimately take something away as well: That no matter the times we live in and the trials we face, we can all learn something from Anne Frank’s words, love, and joy.