Bristol native featured in production of ‘Anne Frank’

Appearing in the "Diary of Anne Frank" at the Ocean State Theatre are (l-r, standing) Tommy Labanaris as Mr. Dussel, Elise Arsenault as Mrs. Van Daan, Ethan Paulini as Mr. Van Daan, Brian Roque as Peter Van Daan, (l-r, kneeling) Mark S. Cartier as Otto Frank, Alexandra Fortin as Margot Frank, Karen Gail Kessler as Edith Frank and Olivia Gesualdi as Anne Frank. Appearing in the "Diary of Anne Frank" at the Ocean State Theatre are (l-r, standing) Tommy Labanaris as Mr. Dussel, Elise Arsenault as Mrs. Van Daan, Ethan Paulini as Mr. Van Daan, Brian Roque as Peter Van Daan, (l-r, kneeling) Mark S. Cartier as Otto Frank, Alexandra Fortin as Margot Frank, Karen Gail Kessler as Edith Frank and Olivia Gesualdi as Anne Frank.

 

Appearing in the "Diary of Anne Frank" at the Ocean State Theatre are (l-r, standing) Tommy Labanaris as Mr. Dussel, Elise Arsenault as Mrs. Van Daan, Ethan Paulini as Mr. Van Daan, Brian Roque as Peter Van Daan, (l-r, kneeling) Mark S. Cartier as Otto Frank, Alexandra Fortin as Margot Frank, Karen Gail Kessler as Edith Frank and Olivia Gesualdi as Anne Frank.

Appearing in the “Diary of Anne Frank” at the Ocean State Theatre are (l-r, standing) Tommy Labanaris as Mr. Dussel, Elise Arsenault as Mrs. Van Daan, Ethan Paulini as Mr. Van Daan, Brian Roque as Peter Van Daan, (l-r, kneeling) Mark S. Cartier as Otto Frank, Alexandra Fortin as Margot Frank, Karen Gail Kessler as Edith Frank and Olivia Gesualdi as Anne Frank.Elise Arsenault, an actor, singer, musician and director, who has performed and taught acting and music throughout the country, has returned to Rhode Island for her latest project.


Elise Arsenault, an actor, singer, musician and director, who has performed and taught acting and music throughout the country, has returned to Rhode Island for her latest project.

Featured at Mrs. Van Daan in the Ocean State Theatre Company’s production of “Diary of Anne Frank,” Arsenault has found the role very satisfying.

“‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ is such an important story, and has translated so well to stage in this adaption,” she says. “Our director, Amiee Turner, has encouraged us to play the life that the Van Daans, Franks, and Mr. Dussel lived in the Amsterdam attic from 1942-1944. ‘What does living mean?’ she asked us early in the process….They lived in extremes of hope and fear, always unsure of their final outcome.

“Performing in ‘Diary’ reminds me of why I am most passionate about acting; theater has the power to raise questions, educate, stir emotions, and most importantly, motivate change.”

In addition to her many theater credits, Arsenault has directed and taught with organizations including Arts Alive, Trinity Academy of the Performing Arts, Missoula Children’s Theatre, 2nd Story Theater, and the Washington National Opera. Arenault, the daughter of Bob and Denise Arsenault of Lugent Lane, also teaches private lessons for voice, trombone and cello.

Next up, Arsenault will be returning to the Lyric Stage Company of Boston to perform in “Into the Woods,” from May 9 to June 7. For more information visit www.elisearsenault.com.

Diary of Anne Frank
WHERE: Ocean State Theatre Company, Jefferson Blvd., Warwick
WHEN: March 26 to April 13
MORE INFO: 401/921-6800; www.OceanStateTheatre.org

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