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Students present Holocaust drama

Ashland High School Theatre brings back a student production of "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank" for two nights only next week.

Performances are set at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2, at the school's theater, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Students are preparing for the Oregon State Thespian Festival and Acting Competition in Salem on April 5.

The play by James Still combines videotaped interviews of Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss with live actors recreating scenes from their lives during World War II.

Silverberg was Anne Frank's first boyfriend, and she wrote about him in the beginning of her now-famous diary. Eva Schloss was the same age as Anne, lived in the same apartment building in Amsterdam and went into hiding the same day. Like the Franks, her family was betrayed, arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. Eva and her mother survived, and, after the war, her mother married Anne's father Otto Frank.

Betsy Bishop directs a cast of 15 students in the production, which promoters describe as part oral history, part dramatic action, part direct address and part remembrance.

There will be an optional 15-minute talk-back after each performance. An Oregon Holocaust Survivor Display will be shown in the lobby. Running time is about 75 minutes with no intermission.

All tickets at the door are $5. Tickets also will be sold at Paddington Station and at www.showtix4u.com. Reserved tickets are $15 and available only at www.showtix4u.com or by calling 1-866-967-8166.