Saturday, June 22, 2024



Kyla Frieden has graduated from “Annie” in Watertown to “Anne Frank” in Boston.

The 14-year-old freshman at Concord Academy is in the cast of the Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” running into May at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Understudying the roles of Mrs. Van Daan and Edith Frank in this production, Kyla is no stranger to the stage – including that of her hometown’s Central Square Theater, where she performed with the Underground Railroad Theatre in “Alice’s Adventures Underground” 2008 and “The Loudest Voice” in 2009. More recently she appeared in “Avenue Q” with Bucks Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp, and she’s been in numerous productions at Creative Arts at Park, including “Dear Edwina,” “Tom Sawyer,” “Charlie Brown” and “Once on This Island” (as well as that “Annie Warbucks” with the Watertown Children’s Theatre).

Kyla Frieden, of Cambridge

Kyla Frieden, of Cambridge, is a cast member of the Boston Children’s Theatre production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” (Photo: Boston Children’s Theatre)

“The Diary of Anne Frank” adapts the actual diary of a 13-year old Jewish girl in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War II, and this production comes at the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death.

“Anne Frank’s story remains timeless, and it was one of my favorites as a child – largely due to its incredible personal insight into a tragic part of world history,” said director Burgess Clark, also the theater’s executive artistic director. “Anne’s unwavering faith in humanity is why I believe the story has been so popular for over 60 years and has come to define and transcend the holocaust. With this being the 70th anniversary of her senseless death, I feel it is our duty to introduce her compelling story to each new generation.”

The play, recommended for people 12 years and older, is performed at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 2 and 8 p.m. April 25; and at 2 p.m. April 26 and May 2 in the Wimberly Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. Tickets are $27. Information is here.