Florida Rep announces the opening of its popular Lunchbox Theatre Series with "And Then They Came for Me" by James Still, a multimedia journey into the life and world of Anne Frank.
The theatre series for children and families opens Saturday, March 13 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the Fort Myers River District.
Tickets to Lunchbox Theatre are $12, and admission includes the performance, a boxed lunch provided by Jason's Deli and an interactive workshop with the cast. Tickets are available through Florida Rep's box office at 239-332-4488. (Please do not call the Art Center for ticket information.)
And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank combines interview footage with live theatre, to take audiences into the life of Anne Frank and two Holocaust survivors whose lives she changed forever. This gripping drama is a groundbreaking retelling of Anne Frank's famous story, and is the first offering in Florida Rep's Children's Theatre Series that is designed for students in grades 5 through 12.
Sponsored by Florida Rep's Alliance for Holocaust Studies, And Then They Came for Me is one of two exciting and educational offerings in the Lunchbox Theatre Series this season, and plays on March 13, April 3 and April 17 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.
"We are breaking new ground with our Children's Theatre offerings this season," said Education Director Rachael Endrizzi, "both are topical, issue-based plays, and for the first time we have a play whose target audience is middle and high school students. And Then They Came for Me combines theatre and documentary to tell the Anne Frank story in a new way, and ties in with the State of Florida's required Holocaust Studies curriculum."
Also featured in the Lunchbox Theatre Series is "The New Kid by Dennis Foon." Designed for audiences in grades K through 5, The New Kid is actually perfect for children of all ages and is a unique, inventive & lightheartedly funny play about a boy named Nick who just moved to America from a different country. It's his first day of school, and all he wants to do is fit in with the other kids, but Nick doesn't speak their language or know any of their customs. The audience sees through Nick's eyes just how frustrating and tough it can be when you are the new kid.
Sponsored by the Alan & Jacquelin Cadkin Foundation & LCEC, The New Kid plays at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on March 20, April 10 and April 24.
"This is going to be a very exciting year for the Lunchbox Series," Endrizzi said, "it is a time to make new traditions, and we want you and your family to be a part of that magic."
These plays are also available on tour. For more information on how to bring one of these plays to your school or venue, contact Rachael Endrizzi at 239-332-4665 Ext. 20.