ELMHURST – Punctuating its current exhibit, “The Power of Children: Making a Difference,” the Elmhurst History Museum has tapped theater as an educational tool through a series of brief vignettes by GreenMan Theatre Troupe, which will be capped by a one-hour event at 2 p.m. Oct. 6.
“The Power of Performance with GreenMan Theatre” will evoke characters discussed in the exhibit, a news release stated. They include Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father and sole survivor of his family during the Holocaust; Ryan White, the young boy who experienced prejudice and expulsion from school in the early 1980s, when it was discovered he had contracted the AIDS virus; and Mrs. Newkirk, a character based on Ruby Bridges’ teacher, who taught Ruby in an isolated classroom in the early 1960s as segregation laws were enacted in the South. In addition, Emma Boghossian will return as Anne Frank in a reprise performance of her touching portrayal of the young girl lost in the Holocaust.
The performance takes place in the museum’s Education Center. 120 E. Park Ave. The program is free for age 17 and younger, and $5 for age 18 and older. Registration is required at elmhursthistory.org in the Family Programs section.
“The Power of Children: Making a Difference” touring exhibit has been extended through Oct. 20 at 120 E. Park Ave. Visitors get to know each child’s story through audiovisual presentations, original artifacts and hands-on interactives. Exhibit material is serious in nature and recommended for children ages 8 and older with their families and school groups. Admission is free. Museum hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Visit elmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457.