TWO DELCO TEENS PORTRAY PIVOTAL ROLE OF PETER VAN DAAN IN MEDIA'S 'ANNE FRANK'

In The Media Theatre’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”, directed by Jesse Cline, two teen actors have the opportunity to portray the pivotal role of Peter Van Daan, the teenager with whom Anne Frank shares her first kiss.

The show plays late January through February 16 and audiences have the chance to see both Austy Hicks, of Wayne, and Owen Mannion, of Broomall, in the role of Peter. The role of Anne Frank is played by Anastasia Korbal of New Jersey.
AUSTY HICKS


Hicks is no stranger to The Media Theatre stage. He recently finished his first professional show at the award winning venue, performing as youngest brother Benjamin in Cline’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.  Audiences were also swept away by Hicks’ Broadway-style performances during this past summer’s “Vocalist” competition during which he won first place and a $1500 prize. The 16 year old Archbishop Carroll High School student now performs an iconic role in his first non-musical production with “Anne Frank”.



Mannion has been involved with Cline and Media Theatre for seven years. Now 15 years old, he started his training as an actor during Camp Media Theatre at the age of eight and continues his training there. The Saint Josephs Preparatory School student’s list of credits includes the Media Theatre’s Broadway Series productions of “Dr. Dolittle”, “The Sound of Music”, “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Who’s Tommy” as well as Children’s Series shows, plus the Teen Musicals “Hair” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” to name a few. 
OWEN MANNION

Since the play “The Diary of Anne Frank” is based on actual writings of the young lady coming to terms with her own maturity while living amidst the fear of being found by the Nazis, almost all we know of Peter Van Daan is what we learn of him through her journal. At first repulsed by him, she eventually begins to care for the young man within the tight quarters of the living space shared by the Franks and the Van Daans for two years.

When we watch “The Diary of Anne Frank” it is impossible not to remember that these characters we see on the stage were real people with hopes, desires, and dreams. The talent of Austy Hicks and Owen Mannion assist us in realizing the potential of the lives which were lost and bring us to the hope that instinctively lives within us all.

“Both Austy Hicks and Owen Mannion are a representation of the educational component of our mission statement,” Cline said. “We believe strongly that it is our duty to enlighten by entertaining, but also through instruction and opportunities for youth who have a true passion for performing and a focus on becoming a real professional.”

To see “The Diary of Anne Frank” at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The show plays through February 16 with several 10am matinees for student groups, plus weekend matinees and evening performances for general audiences.  

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