"Like every kid, she was rebelling to be normal," he said. "I think kids today need to see how typical she really was."
For Kaity Beaumont, a ninth-grader at Andover High School, her role of Miep Gies fits her to the core, even if the character's age is 22. A self-described upbeat-all-the-time person, she likes her character because she is a positive personality in this drama.
"She is sort of like a lifeline because she is the one who brings food and the newspaper," Kaity said.
Gies is known as the person who saved the diary of Anne Frank.
Director Kohut said it was time for Acting Out to tackle a drama, because her theater group likes to mix things up. Its long list of performances have included lots of comedies and kid-friendly productions over the years.