Voices: From the Holocaust to Darfur
Join us at the Bowen-Thompson
Student Union Theatre October 5 at 6:00 pm or October 6 at 8:00 pm for a special presentation by Buddy Elias, the
First Cousin of Anne Frank, the
BGSU Women's Chorus, and students from the Department of Theatre and Film.
Both evenings are free of charge and open to the general public.
Conference participants are encouraged to attend a reception in their honor on
Thursday at 7:00 pm as outlined on the program and to attend the Friday night
performance of Children's Voices.
Elias, the multi-talented European actor, was Anne Frank's first cousin. He was
born in Frankfurt,
Germany. Although others call him “Buddy,” Anne Frank always referred to him as
moved to Switzerland
before Hitler came to power. He finished his schooling there and had his first
acting experience on the Swiss stage. He saw Anne Frank for the last time in
1938, in the Swiss Alps.
joined an English and Danish ice show in 1947 then joined the American "Holiday
on Ice" in 1949. He spent eleven years touring with ”Holiday
on Ice.” His engagements included a guest performance with the Sonja Henie
ice show during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953.
returned to the stage in 1961. He performed in many leading roles on stage and
screen, mainly in Germany
and Switzerland. In 1979 he starred in "The Canterbury Tales" at the Shaftesbury
Theater in London. Mr. Elias has also performed on French television and at the Festivals in Aix
continuing his acting career, Mr. Elias now serves as the President of the Anne
Frank Foundation. This organization is the heir and conservator of the estates
of Otto and Anne Frank. This foundation promotes charitable work and plays a
social and cultural role in the spirit of Anne Frank. Mr. Elias has recently
accepted a leading role in one of Germany's television comedy series and he has also been cast in a television production
about right wing terror.
BGSU Women's Chorus under the direction of Sandra Frey Stegman will be
performing settings of five poems written by children of the Terezin
concentration camp. The work, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" by
Joel Hardyk, will be enhanced by the projection of drawings of children from
Terezin. The Women's Chorus is comprised of women from various University
degree programs. They perform both on and off campus and have appeared at
state music conventions, on music series, and other special events.
of Theatre and Film
Students from the Department of Theatre and Film at
will be reciting dramatic readings from Anne Frank’s Diary and “I Never Saw
Another Butterfly.” The Department of Theatre and Film offers students
exciting and creative classroom and production opportunities in the areas of
acting, directing, film production, design and technical theatre, theatre for
young audiences, musical theatre, puppetry, arts management and performance
studies. Students participate in our active production program each year,
including children's theatre, classical drama and contemporary scripts, ensemble
and Broadway musicals, original works and experimental stagings.
BGeXperience is the University's values program. This most prominent
educational program is designed to help all first-year students make a
successful transition to college and jump start their college career. Through
the BGeXperience values courses students develop relationships that connect them
to the BGSU community, and they begin to develop skills that prepare them to