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Clackamas girl takes on title role in 'Diary of Anne Frank'

Everyone knows the harrowing story of Anne Frank, and most everyone has read her diary. Now the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company is bringing “The Diary of Anne Frank” to the stage Nov. 7 through 23.

Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: KELLY LAZENBY - Rae Taylor, 14, is playing the young Anne Frank in the play, The Diary of Anne Frank, at the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater in Boring.Taking on the iconic role of Anne is 14-year-old Rae Taylor, a Clackamas resident who is home-schooled.

“I loved her diary, and I think her story is so inspirational. I was thrilled when I got the part. She is such an amazing and fun character to play that it’s hard to decide on one reason for wanting to play her. I have so many; I guess I just thought it would be a wonderful experience,” she said.

Taylor researched the role by reading the diary and studying about World War II, but “playing Anne has put it all into a new light,” she said.

It’s hard for her to pick one scene as her favorite, but she said if she had to choose one it would be the scene where the family is discovered by the Nazis.

“It’s so sad, and yet so inspirational. It’s one of those scenes you really don’t want to mess up,” Taylor said.

Why should people see the play?

“It is a heart-warming true story of a strong girl trying to make sense of the world while going through a lot of hardships. It’s sad, yet fun and lighthearted. It is a wonderful play about keeping up your hope when things seem hopeless, and finding the courage to make it through whatever life throws at you,” she said.

“I want to thank the whole cast who have been so wonderful to work with. This play wouldn’t last a second without them or our amazing director, Kelly. I hope that people will enjoy the show as much as I have,” Taylor added.

Prior to “The Diary of Anne Frank,” she played in “Pirates Adventure,” “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and “The Wizard of Oz in the Wild West.”

Taylor also has taken classes at Oregon Children’s Theatre and been part of Kids’ Co. N.W. at Northwest Children’s Theater.

The Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company presents “The Diary of Anne Frank,” from Nov. 7 through Nov. 23 at the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, 27861 Grange St. Shows are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Visit nnbtheater.com, or call 503-593-1295 for more info.


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