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The Diary of Anne Frank, based upon the writings of young Anne Frank, detailing life-in-hiding under Nazi terror in World War II is the upcoming Menlo Drama production. Anne’s diary lent a voice to the fight for human dignity, and this adaptation brings to life one of the most important people of the 20th century, whose message is especially relevant today.

Performances run Friday, February 10 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 pm in Florence Moore Auditorium at Menlo School. The community is welcome to attend; tickets at $10 for adults $5 for students and available online and at the door. Shows sell out quickly so advance purchase is encouraged. This production is appropriate for middle school and above.

Sophomore Clara Guthrie (pictured), who portrays the Anne, commented: “The story of Anne Frank is so important because it sheds light on the fact that there is a common thread between the teenage experience, no matter the circumstance. At a basic level, I have virtually nothing in common with Anne, but I feel such a strong connection to her because we are both at the same pivotal moment in our young lives.”

Anne’s vivid account of the terror and darkness of her world is also punctuated with humor, happiness and hope.  “Anne Frank is relevant today because her story is one of hope in a time where there was no hope at all,” remarked cast member Emma Dressel. “In today’s world, especially when considering the Syrian refugee crisis, we struggle to accept each other’s individuality when it is needed most.”  “

Staging his 11th performance for the Menlo Drama Department, director Steven Minning chose this production for the winter production because of the powerful medium of theatre. “For 70 years Anne’s voice has been the voice of six million vanished Jewish souls.” he said.  “At Menlo we feel that it’s vital to share her voice and further it’s relevancy in today’s world wide refugee crisis.”

In addition to his professional skills and experiences, Minning has imported another Broadway tradition to the Menlo School Drama Department, one of philanthropy. Each of the last 10 productions has been tied to a specific non-profit organization, chosen by the cast, whose work correlates to the message or themes of the production. Over $20,000 has been raised over the last three seasons, primarily from donations collected from the audience after each show. Karam Foundation, a non-profit organization serving Syrian refugee youth and their families, was chosen by the cast as the recipient of this production’s donations.

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Genomics and personalized medicine is Café Scientifique topic on Sept. 10

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Dr. Michael Snyder will discuss the impact of genome sequencing and other omics technology in the treatment of human disease and in everyday health care of healthy people at the next Café Scientifique on September 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Synder is Professor and Chair of Genetics Director at the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Café […]

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Bring out the barbeque for Memorial Day good eats

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Hard to believe we’re into Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer! It’s a perfect weekend for firing up the BBQ and doing some grilling. Here are a three recipes to tempt your appetite: Summertime Tri-Tip on the Weber BBQ – One of my all-time favorites. Tri-tip is perfect for BBQ’ing over charcoal […]

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Grapefruit bounty turned into different sort of Salty Dog

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Every Christmas we go grapefruit picking in Palm Springs. We all head out on the golf cart and hunt for the ripest trees around my parents’ house. Well, this year was the best “pickins” we have ever had, and I have spent the last week trying to figure out a way to use our bounty! One of my favorite drinks […]

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Keep the good Giants orange vibe going with persimmon perfection

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Menlo Park resident David Sowerine let us know that a tree from his yard is yielding the perfect way to continue the San Francisco Giants celebration and get ready to add a touch of orange to this month’s Thanksgiving holiday. “The 1940s persimmon tree’s bounty is on at 999 Olive St.,” emailed David. “We’re once […]

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Make-ahead malted milk blondies for Memorial Day picnics

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It’s nice to have a lazy day when the biggest decision is what to bake. Earlier this week, the large box of Whoopers on my kitchen counter was too tempting to resist experimenting with! These malted milk blondies aren’t too sweet and have crisp edges with soft, moist centers.

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John Bentley’s carrot cake recipe revealed – just in time for end of school picnics

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I knew it was time to take a vacation when I no longer felt inspired to bake. So, after a relaxing week in the Southwest, I’m excited to get back into baking! Several years ago I told a chef, John Bentley, that I was having a hard time finding the perfect carrot cake recipe. I […]

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Bear TaTas put M-A cookbook together to raise funds to fight breast cancer

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Starting Tuesday, May 1, legendary Menlo-Atherton High School recipes will be revealed, including the tricks to Jonathan Senigaglia’s famous Pho, Christina Galliano’s family risotto, and even Alice Kleeman’s tasty Career Center cookies. To raise funds for its annual crusade against breast cancer, the Bear TaTas team of Rachel Andres, Christina Galliano, Jenny Green-Heffern, Katie Nelson, […]

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Brownies with a kick – perfect for munching while watching Giants home opener

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Editor’s note: Don’t have a ticket to the Giants home opener today? Bake these decadent brownies with an espresso kick in the morning and munch away the afternoon. (No recipe needed for a ballpark frank!) These brownies are rich and decadent, with a fudgy interior and a cake-like crust. When I really want to be […]

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Ooey gooey cake is perfect antidote for rainy day – and next week’s Easter brunch

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Editor’s note: After a spring Friday that personified “shirtsleeve weather”, today’s forecast is for a significant drop in temperature and unfolded umbrellas — just perfect for staying home and baking a luscious cake perfected by Rachel Candeleria. Who knows, it may be just what you need for Easter brunch next week. I’ve been working on whittling […]

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with cupcakes topped with Baileys buttercream frosting

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Editor’s note: Rachel Candelaria has long had an interest in food and photography, showcased on her blog, Not Just Sweets, which she describes “as a chronicle of my culinary adventures in the kitchen”. She’s given InMenlo permission to highlight some of her musings and photos from time to time. I love that pretty much all […]

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